By RJay McCoy
The Moundbuilders took to the road last Saturday night for a conference battle against KCAC foe, Bethany. Our opponent held a record of 1-2 before the match up on Saturday night.
Prior to Saturday night, both teams possessed the same record. The Builders had no conference wins and the Swedes games were all in conference. In the end, we were too much for the Swedes. The football team decidedly defeated the Swedes with a final score of 34-10.
Both teams competed in a thick fog while the evening carried on. However, our offense did not disappoint despite inclement weather.
The Swedes quarterback, Austin Denson, scored an early lead with a scramble, putting the first points on the board. The Builders stormed down the field the next drive with a four play drive.
The drive totaled 61 yards, capped with a touchdown pass from William Mueller, freshman quarterback, to Edrick Gonzales, senior wide receiver, to tie the game 7-7. The extra point came courtesy of Freddy Botello, sophomore kicker.
The Swedes responded to the drive with a field goal, gaining a 10-7 lead, but that didn’t deter the Builders spirit. The team went on to continuously score the next 27 points during the rest of the game.
Our defense stepped up, shutting down the Swedes over the last three quarters of the game. The Defense held the Swedes to a total of 268 yards from scrimmage on 50 plays.
“This bye week allowed us to get healthy which was huge. This week we made sure to try to create turnovers on defense as we struggled doing so in weeks prior,” said Tanner Spencer, senior linebacker.
The Builders defense racked up seven sacks for a total of 30 yards lost. Junior defensive linemen, Courtney Cravin and Darren Hicks, were two players maintaining the sacks for the night. Caleb Helsley, freshman linebacker, led the sack stats with two sacks total.
In total, there were three forced interceptions courtesy of Marcus Richard, junior defensive back, Micah Jackson, sophomore defensive back, and Clayton Downum, junior linebacker. Defensive backs David White, junior, and Grant Torgerson, senior, led Builders with tackles, both having six tackles each.
“This whole week I ran with the second team offense so the preparation was not really focused on me,” said Yizalle Whitfield, freshman quarterback, about the week prior to the match up.
Whitfield threw for 115 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts for five completions. He rushed for 62 yards on 8 rushes. As if no time had passed since last week, the Builders racked up 457 yards over 76 plays.
David Roper, sophomore tight end, rushed for 68 yards. Spencer, Gonzales, and Woody Banks, sophomore wide receiver, were all big yardage players, combining their efforts for a total of 138 yards and 2 touchdowns.
“Overall I thought our guys played extremely hard. It was a great ‘Team’ win for us. We had a lot of guys step up and make big plays,” said Brad Griffin, head coach.
The Builders will battle Bethel at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5th in Richard Jantz Stadium.