Big 4th quarter dooms Eagles

September 13, 2018

A tightly contested game through 3 quarters, the Brethren Bobcats scored 20 unanswered points late to take down the Eagles, 42-20.

“It was 22-20 going into the fourth quarter and we kind of wore down a little bit,” said Marion coach Chad Jenema. “Lack of depth hurt us. You could kind of tell that injuries were starting to take effect in terms or our depth. But Brethren played well. They took it to us in the fourth quarter and they won the game, plain and simple. It wasn’t anything we did wrong, they won the game and we didn’t answer when we needed to.”

Brandon Stewart led the way for the Eagles offense, running for 105 yards on 16 carries. Chuck Ankney added 43 yards on 16 carries to go along with 2 TDs.

Defensively, Ryder Hall and Ankney both collected 9 tackles. Garrett Bell and Brandon Stewart both added 6 tackles and an interception.

Despite the loss, Jenema was encouraged by the tough-nosed running from his backfield.

“I thought Brandon really ran the ball well again,” Jenema said. “He really has a knack for the tailback position, for finding the running lanes. And I thought Chuck played well until he injured his ankle again.”

Ankney, an all-area back who’s battled ankle injuries through the first three games, will sit out Friday’s game against Bear Lake. All-state lineman Billy Jenema is already out for the season with a torn ACL, undergoing surgery Tuesday.

After the loss, Coach Jenema had his team refocus on getting back to the fundamentals.

“The reason we lost is because we didn’t tackle,” Jenema said. “We missed 42 tackles, so we’ve definitely addressed that this week and we’ll go from there.”

The Eagles will look to bounce back at home on Friday when they take on Bear Lake at 7 p.m.

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