• The Wolverines will be enjoying the Homecoming Dance on Saturday following Friday’s 40-7 victory over the visiting CG Finney/ Northstar Christian Academy Falcons.  BR jumped out early, doubled up in the middle quarters and switched to cruise control for the final frame in the win.   As is Homecoming tradition at BR, following the contest, the home Offensive and Defensive players of the game are awarded.  For this contest, Caden Allen was the recipient on the O side of things.  Trent Sibble was the D player of the game.  

    BR received the opening kick.  Brian Learn alertly fell on the short kick at the BR 46, giving the Wolverines fantastic field position.  Two runs by Allen to the right totaling 16 yards had the ball over the midfield stripe to the Falcon 38.  Ethan Coleman took the next handoff and went left for the touchdown.  Allen completed a pass to Tavyn MacDonell for the two pointer.  Just like that, with less than two minutes gone in the game, BR 8-0.

    The Falcons had a very short return on Charlie Millitello’s kickoff with MacDonell making the tackle at the Falcon 26.  From there, the Falcons put together a pretty good drive of their own.  A combination of short, tough runs, with a few larger chunk plays had them in BR territory in short order.  Tackles along the way for BR were the usual suspects, Allen, Sibble, Coleman, Zach Mitchell, Kingston Loucks, Maddox Davison, and back around again.  The quarter had nearly run out during this drive. With a first and goal at the BR 2, looking as if they were about to hit paydirt, a bad snap with the tackle by Trevor Pforter dropped them back to the 20. The next play a fumble and recovery by Sibble gave the ball back to BR, crisis averted.

    Starting at their own 20, Allen went for 6 yards, a short run by Maddox Day, a 12 yarder for Coleman.  Add a facemask penalty and BR was over the 50.  Allen went for 5 on the new set of downs.  Coleman was stopped on the last play of the quarter for no gain. The drive resumed after the change of ends. Coleman for 11. Allen picked up another 5. A short run and incompletion had BR at 4th and 5 inside the redzone.  Allen completed a pass to MacDonell good for 8 and the first.  With a new set of downs, Allen wasted no time going in from 11 out.  A flip to Pforter for the deuce, BR 16-0 early in the 2nd.

    Following the kickoff, the Falcons were starting from their own 37.  Another sequence of heavy duty run plays had the Falcons on the move and into BR territory at the 25.  Sibble stuffed the first down run for no gain.  Mitchell came up with a stop after a carry of 1.   A false start call backed the Falcons up five.  On 3rd and long, Sibble made the stop after a gain of 2.  Then he applied pressure forcing an errant pass and incompletion on the 4th down, giving BR the ball back.

    A big gainer by Allen was wiped out by a holding call.  Coleman went for 4, Day for a pair, then Allen to MacDonell for 18 and the first down.  Allen had 2 first down earning runs sandwiched around a 4 yard pickup by Day.  BR called timeout at the Falcon 27.  Allen hooked up with MacDonell, with Tavyn working to get it in the endzone for the score. Another Allen to Pforter flip for the pair, and BR was on the high side of a 24-0 advantage, with less than two minutes left in the half.

    Millitello’s short kick was covered by Mitchell at the Falcon 36. The Wolverines were looking to pretty much seal the deal by halftime. Unfortunately, an incompletion, a big penalty and a short run by Coleman were all they could muster by the siren.  Still the 24-0 edge looked formidable.

    MIllitello’s kick, after intermission, went to the 20.  Sibble came flying through the Falcon return squad to drop the returner after just 1 yard of ground was gained. The Falcons got one first down on short runs, MacDonell, Loucks, and Coleman providing the defense. A new set of downs and more of the same, with short tough runs and tackles by Coleman, Mitchell, Loucks set up 4th and short.  A swarm of Wolverines converged to stuff the 4th down play turning the ball back to the offense.

    Starting on the Falcon side of the 50, BR made quick work adding to their total.  Short runs by Allen and Day put them at 3rd and manageable.  Allen connected with MacDonell on a beautiful dart down the middle for the rest of the yardage and the score.  They repeated their feat on the conversion, BR 32-0, early 2nd half.  

    A melon ball kickoff and decent return had the visitors out to their 42.  A bruising run went for 14, Sibble on the stop. Short run tackles by Mitchell and Loucks, brought up 3rd and long for CGFNCA, an incompletion on 3rd down, then Sibble and Mitchell met at the quarterback for the minus five yard sack and turnover on downs.

    Allen started the BR series with a big run, but a penalty brought the ball back most of the way.  No worries.  Coleman for 7, Allen for 12, Day for 2 had the ball at the Falcon 23.  Allen kept the second down play himself, going the rest of the way for another 6.   For good measure, he worked his way through the crowd in getting the 2 point capper.  BR 40-0, still in the third.

    No return on the kickoff started Finney at their own 28.  Sibble had the hat trick on tackles over the next three plays, getting an assist from Learn on the third play, for -4 yards, as the quarter expired.  

    After the teams changed ends, Mitchell stuffed a short run to bring about 3rd and long.  A 10 yard pass got them close. A false start call on the offense, that didn’t sit well with the vociferous supporters of the Falcons, made it 4th and longer. They were able to convert that on a 24 yard pass play, Millitello possibly saving the touchdown.  A new set of downs, started with a short gain, and Davison on the stop. Holding call on the offense, backed them up to the BR 42.  Mitchell stopped the next play after a nominal gain.

    Learn and Loucks combined to bring about 4th down.  On the 4th down toss, BR was flagged for pass interference.  It was the high school and college “face guarding” kind, there was no contact.  Never really liked that call, but no one has ever asked me my opinion on that.  With new life in their drive, the Falcon QB went for 15 and the score. They kicked the PAT for the 40-7 final margin, with still time on the clock.

    After Learn made another alert cover of the short kickoff, BR started just shy of the 50.  With the bench being cleared, some of the younger guys got some time on offense.  Calyn Todd had a nice 6 yard run, Loucks picked up yards on his run from the QB spot. On 4th and 3, Davison, managed to get 5 for the fresh set of downs. Loucks and Tyrese Smith gained plus yards for BR before the drive stalled out.

    With time running out and a huge deficit, the Falcons also emptied their bench.  BR was able to finish up the night with Learn, Dustin Murray, Davison, Tyler Kizer Patterson, Levi Williams and Millitello figuring in on tackles as the Falcons made their way into BR territory but never really threatening to get in the endzone a second time.

    Statistically: On the ground, Allen went for 129 and two scores, he also ran for a PAT.  Coleman had 79  and a score.  Allen was good for 100 yards through the air and 2 scores.  He also completed 4 passes for the PAT’s.  Tavyn MacDonell caught 4 balls for 88 yards and two scores and a half of Allen’s PAT throws. Pforter got the other half of Allen’s two point passes.

    As I have said in previous recaps, the D numbers are not “official” stats, but will be verified (or not) by the coaching film review.  I had Sibble with 8 tackles, half a sack, and a key fumble recovery. Mitchell was the other half on the sack, he was in on a half dozen stops as was Coleman.

    One little quirk for this one, neither team punted.

    BR now faces their biggest challenge, to date.  They will hit the road (a short trip this time!) and head over to Canisteo to face the Canisteo Greenwood team who are also undefeated on the campaign.  It promises to be a good battle.