Prep Football: BBE Jaguars grind down USA
BELGRADE — Needing a win to clinch the outright district championship, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa was deadlocked in a grinding affair with Upsala/Swanville Area in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night.
Tied at six with 10 minutes to play, the Jaguars weren't making much progress on the scoreboard.
In the press box, however, the coaches saw that they were making plenty of headway in wearing down the Patriots.
Just then, BBE rattled off a grueling eight-minute drive, capped by Adam Jaeger's go-ahead 10-yard run with 1:30 to play.
The defense held ground from there for a 14-6 Jaguars win, improving their record to 7-1 on the season.
"We didn't have any big plays," BBE head coach Chris Moscho said. "There were a lot of four, five yard gains in there. We wore them down throughout. We saw that upstairs in the booth and knew that we could kind of run them down.
"That drive was the nail in the coffin."
BBE took a 6-0 lead into the half thanks to Isaiah Gilbert's eight-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Gilbert led all rushers with 104 yards on 24 carries.
Alex Thieschafer scored on a seven-yard pass for USA in the third quarter, but a failed two-point conversion kept the game close.
"It was a real back-and-forth affair," Moscho said.
For the Jaguars, Wednesday night marked a complete turnaround in the course of one season. Injuries played a big role in BBE's 2-7 record in 2016, but 2017 has been a far different story as the team recorded its first conference title since 1988.
"It's the same group of kids largely," Moscho said. "Not many graduated, and they all came back looking to improve every day."
BBE 14, USA 6
USA (5-2) 0 0 6 0 — 6
BBE (6-1) 0 6 0 8 — 14
B — Isaiah Gilbert 8 run (conversion failed)
U — Alex Thieschafer 7 pass from 12 (conversion failed)
B — Adam Jaeger 10 run (Jaeger run)
First downs: 15 ... Penalties: 2-5 ... Rushing (Individual and team): Simon Bryce 20-61, Dalton Louden 14-73 ... Passing (Individual and team): Jorgan Kiley 7-15-84-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Lawrence Mettler 2-38, Alex Thieschafer 2-11 ... Interceptions: Haden Chuba 1 ... Fumble recoveries: None ... Tackles (solo-assist): Louden 4-4, Kiley 3-3, Bryce 1-5 ... QB sacks: None
First downs: 14 ... Penalties: 6-55 ... Rushing (Individual and team): Isaiah Gilbert 24-104, Adam Jaeger 8-88, Ryan Illies 6-38, Kyle Felling 3-10, Ben Boie 1-3 ... Passing (Individual and team): Illies 4-9-37-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Jaeger 4-36, Felling 1-5 ... Interceptions: None ... Fumble recoveries: Cody Lewis 1, Tyler Bents 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Jaeger 5-10, Felling 4-5, Thomas Kollman 4-14, Seth Roering 2-10, Thaniel Cebulla 3-8 ... QB sacks: Roering 1