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Amateur football: Broncos clinch playoff spot with 44-11 victory

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton West Central Broncos tailback Joel Bauman speeds around the left end to score untouched from 19 yards to cap a five-play, 75-yard opening drive against the Twin City Rhinos Saturday at New London. With the 44-11 win, the Broncos clinched a playoff spot in the Midwest Premier League.

NEW LONDON — Joel Bauman rushed for 238 yards and scored three touchdowns to power the West Central Broncos past the Twin City Rhinos 44-11 on Saturday at New London.

The Broncos clinched a playoff spot in the Midwest Premier League. They will play the Midwest Nightmare 6 p.m. July 13 at New London in the MPFL quarterfinals.

Broncos quarterback Ben Sletta ran for another two TDs and had 62 yards rushing on the day. He was 2-for-2 on passing attempts and totaled 45 yards.

Kyle Weinandt racked up 11 tackles and 1 sack, and Eric Johnson had 2 sacks and 7 tackles.

“The MPFL is a spread it out and throw the ball around league,” Broncos coach Willie Holmes said. “We realized our strengths and decided to start doing what we do. 524 total yards rushing explains what we do. I made it a point to our team, to have patience, winning will happen.”

WC Broncos 44,

TC Rhinos 11

Twin City (2-6)   3 0 0 8 — 11

West Central (4-4)             13 7 13 7 — 44

WC – Joel Bauman 12 run (kick failed)

TC – 30 FG

WC – Terrell McDuffie 8 run (Keon Thomas kick)

WC – Bauman 7 run (Thomas kick)

WC – Ben Sletta 20 run (2-pt conversion failed)

WC – Bauman 12 run (Thomas kick)

TC – 40 pass (2-pt conversion good)

WC – Ben Sletta 25 run (Thomas kick)

West Central Broncos

Individual statistics

Rushing: Joel Bauman 24-238, Terrell McDuffie 18-147, Ben Sletta 4-62, Jarret McAlister 6-41, Steve Peppin 3-13, Tre Scott 3-12, Adam Laidlaw 3-11 … Passing: Ben Sletta 2-2-45-* ... Receiving: Steve Peppin 1-24, Adam Laidlaw 1-21 … Interceptions: Martin Munoz 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Eric Johnson 7, Kyle Weinandt 11, Brandon Torry 5, Braden Peterson 5, Rene Vallejo 4 … QB sacks: Eric Johnson 2, Kyle Weinandt 1