Brodhead/Juda dominates Evansville
The Cardinals lost a heartbreaking, 21-20 overtime thriller to Walworth Big Foot last week and perennial Rock Valley powerhouse Evansville was next on the docket.
Matthys got his answer in the form of a resounding 21-8 win by the Cardinals as they dominated in every facet of the game here Friday night.
That lifted Brodhead/Juda to 1-1 in the Rock Valley South and 2-2 overall, while Evansville fell to 0-2 in the Rock Valley North and 1-3 overall.
Brodhead/Juda controlled the line of scrimmage, the clock and Evansville’s usually potent ground game. The Blue Devils managed only 67 yards rushing.
“I think more than anything, I’m very proud of each and every one of those kids,”
Matthys said of his team. “They played their butts off last week and got the short end of the stick.
“It would’ve been easy to come over here and mope around, but they didn’t. They perservered and got us back on track, so to speak.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Brodhead/Juda took the lead for good with a 70-yard scoring drive. Quarterback David Earleywine capped the drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Mike Peterson.
With Evansville sputtering on offense, the Cardinals pushed the lead to 14-0 on their next possession, again going 70 yards to score. Along with rolling up yards, thanks to the 1-2 punch of tailback Alex Wallace and fullback Jesse Delorme, Brodhead/Juda also ran time off the clock. Earleywine concluded the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run with 17 seconds left in the half as the Cardinals took nearly seven minutes off the clock before scoring.
The Blue Devils could get nothing going offensively the first half. Evansville managed only two first downs in the half and 47 yards of total offense.
“That was a good football team we beat tonight,” Matthys said of the Blue Devils. “I still expect them to be a playoff team.
“I would have to say that tonight was our best defensive performance of the season, although our defense played pretty well against Big Foot last week. Even on Evansville’s touchdown, we had the play sniffed out, but after a tipped pass, it turned into a broken play.”
Brodhead/Juda pushed the lead to 21-0 early in the fourth quarter. Delorme smashed in from four yards out with 8:30 to play.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Delorme led Brodhead/Juda in rushing with 94 yards, while Wallace added 76.
Evansville, which finished with only 179 yards of offense, picked up 79 on Tom Bjugstad’s 79-yard touchdown catch with 7:03 left. The Blue Devils tried an onside kick after the touchdown, but the Cardinals recovered and were able to play ball control the rest of the way.
The game ended with Brodhead/Juda inches away from a fourth touchdown.
BRODHEAD/JUDA 21, EVANSVILLE 8
Brodhead/Juda 0 14 0 7—21
Evansville 0 0 0 8—8
Scoring summary: BJ—Mike Peterson, 19 pass from David Earleywine (Josh Dougherty kick). BJ—Earleywine, 3 run (Dougherty kick). BJ—Jesse Delorme, 4 run (Dougherty kick). E—Tom Bjugstad, 79 pass from Adam Stamm (Owen Schoenenberger, pass from Casey Moseley).
Statistics: First downs—BJ 18, E 5. Rushing—BJ 58-239, E 18-67. Yards passing—BJ 61, E 112. Passes—BJ 9-6-0, E 9-4-0. Fumbles— BJ 2-1, E 1-1. Penalties—BJ 3-15, E 4-25.