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Playoff-bound Broncos stretch winning streak to 4

West Central Broncos running back Joel Bauman, left, is brought down after gaining 22 yards on a block sprung by Jarrett McAllister, right, during the Broncos’ 28-16 win over the Minnesota Silverbacks Saturday at NLS High School in New London. Photo courtesy of West Central Broncos

NEW LONDON — The West Central Broncos ground train doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon.

The Broncos used their brutal rushing attack to produce 307 yards on the ground and beat the Minnesota Silverbacks 28-16 Saturday evening at New London-Spicer High School.

The Broncos, winners of four straight, got off to a torrid start, scoring twice in the opening quarter. Tarrell McDuffie capped the Broncos’ opening drive with a 15-yard touchdown scamper, and quarterback Ben Sletta had a 19-yard touchdown carry of his own.

The Silverbacks fought back in the second quarter, however, scoring a touchdown and adding a two-point conversion. Later in the quarter, the Broncos turned defense into offense. Matt Lewis was able to recover a Silverback fumble in the end zone to extend the Broncos’ lead to 20-8 at halftime.

The Broncos came out of the locker room and picked up where they left off: running all over the Silverback defense.

McDuffie once again entered the end zone, this time from 16 yards out.

Later in the third quarter, the Broncos’ defense produced a safety to help put the game out of reach.

The Silverbacks tacked on a score in the fourth to make the 28-16 result a respectable one.

Joel Bauman and McDuffie lead the offensive charge with over 100 rushing yards apiece. Sletta also provided 39 yards rushing.

The Broncos pass rushers relentlessly pressured the Silverbacks all night, leading to an outstanding seven sacks. Kyle Weinandt and Eric Johnson each had a pair of sacks. Patricio Lopez produced two points with a safety.

The Broncos take a four-game winning streak into the MPFL playoffs. “We are a first-year team with the playoffs approaching. I am extremely proud of these men” said Broncos coach Willie Holmes.

The Broncos will host the Midwest Nightmare at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 back at Pederson Field in New London in the opening round of the league playoffs.

Broncos 28, Silverbacks 16

MN Silverbacks 0 8 0 8 — 16

WC Broncos        13 7 8 0 — 28

WC – Tarrell McDuffie 15 run (kick failed)

WC – Ben Sletta 19 run (Keon Thomas kick)

MN – 12 pass (2-point conversion good)

WC – Matt Lewis fumble recovery in end zone (Thomas kick)

WC – McDuffie 16 run (kick failed)

WC – Patricio Lopez safety

MN – 15 pass (2-point conversion good)

West Central

Individual statistics

Rushing yards: Joel Bauman 127, Tarrell McDuffie 113, Ben Sletta 39, Adam Laidlaw 9, Tre Scott 9, Steve Peppin 5, Kyle Weinandt 5 … Passing yards: Sletta 17, Peppin 11 ... Receiving yards: Laidlaw 17, Bauman 11 … Fumble recoveries: Matt Lewis 1 … Tackles: Lewis 3, Patricio Lopez 4, Weinandt 8, Eric Johnmson 7, Jon Lankenau 6, Braden Peterson 6, Rene Vallejo 5, Johnny Miller 3, David Larson 3, Keon Thomas 3, Brian Burwell 3, Laidlaw 2, Martin Munoz 1 … QB sacks: Lopez 1, Weinandt 2, Johnson 2, Lankenau 1, Peterson 1