Poor 1st half costly to Braves OABCIG prevails 32-18
The connection between quarterback Kaden Ladwig and receiver Cooper Dejean proved to be too much for the Braves to handle as Dejean caught two touchdowns on five receptions and 120 yards as the OABCIG Falcons took down the Braves 32-18 on Friday night in Cherokee.
Ladwing finished the game 12-26 and threw for 305 yards, four TDs, and one interception. Quinton Cranston and Ethan Mortensen also caught a TD pass.
“We thought we had a advantage throwing the ball deep and they made some good connections in the first half,” said Falcon head Coach Larry Allen. “ Kaden does a good job of making good decisions down the field and Cooper can get under most passes that are thrown his way.”
The Falcons led 25-6 heading into halftime but the Braves came out of the break playing a solid second half, including a third quarter opening drive TD as Alex Paulsrud capped off the drive with a 6-yard touchdown scramble to cut the lead to 25-12.
The Braves defense played well and allowed the offense to make it a one possession game but the Falcon defense was able to stuff the Braves on the goal line on fourth down. Just two plays after that, Ladwig found a wide open Cranston for a 96-yard TD with 6:20 left in the ballgame.
When asked about that TD, coach Allen said, “That play was all about Kaden being able to read the defense. I called a poor play but Kaden was able to keep the play alive with his feet and he found Quinton on the backside. We we very fortunate to have that play go the way it did.”
The Braves were able to answer that score with one of their own as Brayden Farver connected with Trevor Lundquist for a 30-yard TD with under a minute to play.
Senior Mason Goebel played a great game at tailback, racking up 92 yards. Goebel also led the defense with 11.5 tackles.
Quarterback Paulsrud had an efficient game going 18-32 with 197 yards, but was intercepted by the Falcon defense twice. Paulsrud also rushed for two TDs.
Trevor Lundquist had a total of 106 offense yards as he rushed for 29 yards and had 77 yards receiving with one TD.
Ryan Hurd had 75 receiving yards, Kobe Grell had 66, Bryce Lussier had 17 yards, Carson Mongan had eight yards, and Cole Pitts caught one pass for five yards.
“We had too many penalties and turnover in the first half and they exposed some things, but we made some adjustments. It's on me to make those adjustments and I need to do a better job getting us in a position to win,”said coach Travis Schipper. “Mason Goebel played awesome for us tonight. He works so hard for us. He is a complete football player and does everything we ask him to. “
With the 32-18 victory, the Falcons move to 3-0 on the year and the Braves fall to 1-2. The Braves will be on the road next Friday at Emmetsburg (0-3). When asked about next Friday's match up coach Schipper said” Emmetsburg is a tough football team. They are a team that likes to run the football and we have done a decent job at stopping the run this year but I think we can be better at it. I will need to make some adjustments to be ready and I think our team can make those adjustments. Emmetsburg is a whole other beast than what we have seen so for this year so we will need to come ready to play. “