Brodhead/Juda routs Saint Thomas More, 43-6
BRODHEAD—Reave Lincoln didn't even realize it was his arm that batted the first-quarter field goal.
The Brodhead/Juda junior hadn't blocked one and was so caught up in the moment, he needed his teammates to verify he was the one who swatted it.
Nonetheless, Lincoln's block set the tone for the Cardinals' defense, and they didn't allow a point until the waning minutes of a 43-6 blowout of Saint Thomas More in a WIAA Division 4 Level 1 playoff game at Larsen Field on Friday night.
“I think I got it, but I didn't even feel the kick hit me,” Lincoln said. “Everyone told me I got it. That's my first kick block all year.
“Defense is definitely our strong point. That's what's going to get us to that gold ball.”
Lincoln's block preserved a 7-0 Brodhead/Juda lead in the early stages of a first half where the Cardinals' offense struggled to get rolling.
The Cardinals drove down the field on their ensuing possession and got a field goal from Brady Beuschel. Later, running back Derek Turner's second touchdown of the first half—he finished with four of them—gave Brodhead/Juda a 16-0 lead at halftime.
“Overall in the first half, we didn't play too well,” coach B.J. Bockhop said. “We weren't getting good drives going on offense, but our defense has been our cornerstone all year, and they played great. They kept it nice and tight for us until we could get things figured out on offense.”
That was hardly an issue for the Cardinals coming out of the break.
They needed less than two minutes to score in the third quarter as senior Jordan Douglas broke free for a 39-yard run.
Turner then scored twice more, each time from 1 yard out, and the rout was on.
On top of the blocked kick, Lincoln finished with two sacks and another tackle for loss. He also nearly had a sack in the first half. On that play, he held onto Saint Thomas More quarterback Alex Mendoza long enough for Mitch Wilson to come in for a sack and forced fumble.
“That would've been my first sack of the year,” said Lincoln, who was visibly angry despite helping force the turnover. “At least I got the two later. And that fumble really helped us.
“I was trying to jump the snap all the time. I think our defensive line is one of the best in the state.”
Turner, who also plays on defense, recovered the fumble. Offensively, he finished with 21 carries for 86 yards and four scores.
Saint Thomas More finished with 165 total yards, with 80 of them coming on passes in the fourth quarter. Brodhead/Juda recovered three fumbles and allowed just 26 yards rushing.
The Cardinals advance to host Platteville in a Level 2 game next Friday. On the other half of the bracket, No. 6-seeded Clinton will host top-seeded Big Foot.
“One hundred percent,” Bockhop said, “the defense is going to have to keep us in it.”