• The Wolverines started a four game homestand Thursday night, dropping a tough one against the defending state champs, the Pembroke Dragons, 42 -14. The Dragons scored early, often, and with surgical precision jumping up to a 35-0 edge by intermission. The visitors ran just 14 plays and held the ball for a mere six and a half minutes in accumulating their half time bulge. Unfortunately, BR had some self-inflicted wounds with three turnovers and a less than textbook punt in the early going. As it happened, I believe return man Trey Buchholz had almost as many return yards in the first half as did the offense total. Not really a stat to cling to.
    BR did manage a couple of scores in the second half to make the score presentable while simultaneously balancing the stat sheet. As one of the BR faithful mentioned post game, for the most part the team stayed healthy. Now with a longer stretch before their next game, the recuperative powers of rest might be just the ticket.
    BR got the ball to start the contest. They quickly were lining up to punt on 4th and a bunch deep in their own end. As in the Frewsburg game, a snap issue created a difficult situation on the punt and Pembroke took over on the BR 20. One play from their BMOC and the ball was in the endzone. PAT good, 7-0.
    Another BR possession, this time they got a couple of first downs before punting it away again. Four plays this time and the TD and PAT, 14-0.
    BR was employing sort of their own four corner offense to keep the ball out of the Dragons’ claws. The Wolverines milked the play clock for all they could before snapping the ball. Probably, a time of two they were very close to delay of game, yet it was never flagged. Therefore, the first quarter, time wise, flew by and towards the end of the frame, BR was making some headway up the field.
    However, after turning the ball over on downs on the first play of quarter 2, BR watched a different Dragon go the distance for TD three.
    The Wolverines tried moving the ball through the air with the hope of scratching back into this. Well, that strategy worked a little then it didn’t. A pick with a big return preceded the 4th score, this one from player 2, let’s say.
    BR again would turn the ball over on their ensuing drive. Two plays later, BMOC kid again for his third of the night. 35-0 just before the half.
    The second half started pretty much as the first half went, big return on the BR kickoff, one play, six points.
    But hey, that’s all the points that Pembroke would manage for the game. To their credit they began resting some of their players, but in the 8 man game there isn’t always the same sort of liberal substitution in the 11 man style.
    BR would finally erase the goose egg, on their next possession. Starting from their 22, BR got things going on the ground as Tavyn MacDonell accounted for most of the drive, a 25 and 31 yard run in among many others. Caden Allen chipped in a couple of runs as well for change of pace before Tavyn took it in from 5 yards out. The PAT try was squashed, 42-6.
    It appeared the Dragons were primed for more as they continued to get some chunk plays. However, they were flagged for holding which wiped a score off the board. Then some fine plays on D from Allen, MacDonell, Brian Learn, Kingston Loucks, Ayden Music, Buchholz, Zach Mitchell and others held them off the board.
    BR took over on their own 29 early in the 4th. Another series of runs featuring MacDonell, Allen, and Loucks had BR moving. Loucks finished the drive with a fine run to the right hitting the endzone from 10 yards out. He then got the two on an almost identical play, 42-14.
    There wasn’t a whole lot of time left and Pembroke wasn’t really hurrying as the game mercifully came to an end.
    Statistically, MacDonell had 152 yards, and a score, on 19 oftentimes gritty runs. Allen got 58 on 13 tries. Loucks rumbled for 31 and a score and the 2.
    Unfortunately, there weren’t a lot of tackles to tally up. What I had on the App was MacDonell in on 7 stops, Loucks in for 4 as BR’s leaders in that department.
    While the boys played hard, you kind of have to just say that Pembroke was the better team in many facets of the game tonight. Not sure if the usual week of prep would have created much of a change in the outcome.
    BR next will host the Caledonia Mumford/Byron-Bergen Raiders, next Friday the 22nd. They have a bye week after that.