(updated 11:35 p.m.) Napoleon downs BGHS, 28-7 (11-1-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 01 November 2013 22:24

NAPOLEON — Napoleon’s ability to pound out consistent yardage on the ground was the key to its 28-7 victory over Bowling Green Friday night.
Led by Bryant Schlade, the Wildcats rushed for 324 yards on 54 carries in the game, including 218 yards on 32 carries in the first half.
‘‘It’s difficult to prepare for the run because they go inside, and they go outside,’’ BG head coach Scott Seeliger said. ‘‘Those guys were physical up front, they were strong guys and they were bigger than us. That really made a difference.’’
Schlade finished with 178 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries. He also scored on a 15-yard interception return.

And while the Wildcats had a strong running game, their first two touchdowns came on passes of 21 and 5 yards from Blake Dunbar to Zach Fielder. The two scores put Napoleon up 14-0 at the half.
Dunbar was 5-of-5 passing in the first half for 52 yards.
‘‘Every time they had to pass, they made good plays ... two on fourth down,’’ Seeliger said.
Bowling Green was limited to 16 plays and 57 total yards in the first half while Napoleon ran 37 plays and had 270 yards in total offense with 14 first downs.
‘‘We were able to grind it out, and we hit some key passes,’’ said Napoleon head coach Tory Strock. ‘‘But the difference was our ability to run the ball consistently; that was the difference in the football game.’’
The Bobcats received the second-half kickoff, but were in bad field position, starting at their own 8-yard line.
On the third play of the second half, Schalde’s interception return put Napoleon up 21-0.
Bowling Green finally got on the board with 5:16 left in the third quarter on an 8-yard pass from Ricky Riggs to Brock Powers. The Bobcats were hit with an offensive pass interference penalty to start the drive, but a 33-yard pass from Riggs to Powers on a third-and-25 led to the touchdown.
The Bobcats generated two first downs on their next possession after the TD, but lost a fumble. Eight plays later, Schlade scored from the 1-yard line to make it 28-7.
Bowling Green had one other scoring opportunity as Napoleon was hit with consecutive 15-yard penalties, but the Bobcats stalled at Napoleon’s 32-yard line, and the Wildcats ran out the clock.
‘‘That’s what we want to aspire to, that’s a great program,’’ Seeliger said. ‘‘I love the way that they play ... They don’t make mistakes.
‘‘Every time after we hurt ourselves (with the two turnovers), our kids kept battling,’’ he added.
BG finished 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the Northern Lakes League. Napoleon, 6-4, 4-3, advanced to the state playoffs.
‘‘Our kids played hard. They had no regrets, they didn’t leave it in the locker room,’’ Seeliger said.
Seeliger was pleased with the progress the team made over the course of the season.
‘‘I am proud of where we ended

BGHS    0    0    7    0    —7
NAPOLEON    7    7    7    7    —28
N — Fielder, 21 pass from Dunbar (Peckingpaugh kick)
N — Fielder, 5 pass from Dunbar (Peckingpaugh kick)
N — Schlade, 15 interception return (Peckingpaugh kick)
BG — Powers, 8 pass from Riggs (Fisher kick)
N — Schlade, 1 run (Peckingpaugh kick)

Category    BG    N
First downs    9    20
By rushing    2    13
By passing    5    7
By penalty    2    0
Total net yards    169    399
Rushing    63    324
Passing    106    75    
Attempts    26    11
Completions    12    7
Interceptions    1    0
Punts/average    4/24/5    2/43.5
Penalties/yards    4/26    8/85
Fumbles/lost    1/0    0/0
RUSHING: (BG) Espen, 11-17; Fisher, 1-20; Riggs, 3-19; Kneesi, 3-2; Gutierrez, 2-5. (N) Schlade, 32-178; Armour, 16-84; Dunbar, 6-62.
PASSING: (BG) Riggs, 13-26-1—106. (N). Dunbar, 7-11-0—75
RECEIVING: (BG) Powers, 4-53; Wisecup, 4-25; Carsey, 4-31; Espen, 1-(minus 3). (N) Rohrs, 2-20; Lankenau, 2-19; Fielder, 3-36.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 23:36

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