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INDIANAPOLIS — Brown County football coach Ethan Schreiber was excited his team got the chance to play at Lucas Oil Stadium, but he was concerned the Eagles didn’t become overwhelmed by the event.
He didn’t need to worry.
The Eagles responded with authority, dominating South Vermillion 42-13 in the third contest of Saturday’s four-game Western Indiana Conference Day at the home of the Indianapolis Colts.
Brown County mixed long scoring drives and quick strikes with an aggressive defense to push its overall record to 3-1 and move to 1-1 in the WIC.
“Playing here will be a once in a lifetime experience for most of these guys,” Schreiber said. “It is a big deal, but it could have also been a big distraction.”
With experienced senior quarterback Dillon Boknecht leading the offense, the Eagles opened with a marathon drive, plowing 93 yards in 21 plays to take the early lead. The drive chewed up time and the Wildcats’ patience, as Boknecht teamed up with a committee of running backs to keep the opposing defense on the field for more than 10 minutes.
Boknecht finally plunged in the end zone from 2 yards out, but not before connecting with senior Luke Huls for 29 yards on a fourth-and-6 play at the Eagles’ own 31.
Huls would later score on a 36-yard pass with 62 seconds remaining in the second quarter to put Brown County ahead for good.
Another long drive to start the third period, capped by a short run by Billy Pruitt, pushed the lead to 15 points, and the rout was on. The Eagles then cashed in on a pair of quick South Vermillion miscues to jump ahead, 35-6.
“We like to be able to control the pace of the game, but we also like to push the tempo,” Schreiber said. We were able to do both in this game.”
“Boknecht is a great leader, and he played well tonight,” he said. “Our defense also played great.”
Paced by the likes of Chase Snider, Pruitt and Cory Stiles, the Eagles forced several turnovers and turned the Wildcats away twice on fourth-down efforts.
“Our defense did some things well, but there are some things we still need to work on,” Schreiber said. “But we’re happy overall with the entire team’s effort.”
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