Cardinals Win a Low Scoring Affair Against The Eagles
By: Brian Burkhart Prep Reporter Twitter: @BrianESPN
Brodhead would have loved to have Friday’s Rock Valley Conference crossover game count in their league record. The Cardinals produced a sensational defensive effort, shutting out the Jefferson Eagles 6-0 at Jefferson High School Friday night.
The Cardinals improve to 6-1 on the season, but the game doesn’t count on the Cardinals 3-0 Rock Valley South record. The Eagles fall to 3-2 in the Rock Valley North and 5-2 overall. Jefferson’s star running back Garrett Blaeske was help to a season-low 48-yard rushing and the Eagles only were able to gain 152 total yards in the game.
A wet, muddy field slowed down two-high powered offenses tonight that are known to put up points all season. The Cardinals mounted a late second quarter scoring drive that ended with a touchdown run from Derek Turner at Jefferson’s one-yard line. The extra point was blocked and those six points were all that was needed to seal a victory for the Cardinals. The drive was assisted by a controversial call by the officials.
A great fake by Cardinals quarterback Brennan Bescup left an official believing he gave the ball to Turner who was stopped in the backfield. The play was whistled dead while Bescup swept to the right and got outside for a 14-yard gain. After the officials discussed, they allowed the play to stand, giving Brodhead an important first down that would eventually lead to the game-winning touchdown. The first down seemed to take a lot out of the Eagle’s defense that was trying to keep their balance all night in the mud covered field.
That score was all the Cardinals would need as they shutout the Eagle’s for the first time since a 28-0 loss to McFarland that dates back all the way to September 26, 2008. Even more surprising than that is the fact that this was the first time Jefferson had been shut out at home since almost eight years ago. Cardinals Head Coach Jeff Jubie knew how difficult it is to shutout a team like Jefferson, “We have been playing Jefferson for a long time now, and to come out of this game with a shutout really is an amazing thing.” “I’m proud of our guys, they fought hard under bad field conditions,” said Jubie. Jefferson came into the game averaging 283 yards rushing and was held too only 152 yards on the ground.
The Cardinals have to now focus their attention on winless Parkview coming to their field next Friday night. Parkview is winless on the season but the Cardinals know they need to keep preparing for the big matchup in two weeks against conference champ Big Foot. The Eagles will travel to Whitewater next week and play a Whippets team that has improved greatly throughout the season.
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