Patriot gridders remain perfect

The Hills-Beaver Creek football team ran its record to 6-0 by thrashing Southwest United 54-18 Friday in Brewster.

Patriot quarterback Dylan Gehrke threw for 184 yards and three touchdowns and senior tailback Dalton Bass caught one touchdown pass and ran for three scores to help the Patriots top the Wildcats by 36 points.

The victory was a sound one for H-BC, which compiled 423 yards offensively and limited SWU to 192 yards and four first downs.

“We had a couple of nice drives on offense. We put together to 80-plus yards drives, and that tells you a lot about our offense,” said H-BC coach Rex Metzger.

“We played well defensively, two. We were able to turn their turnovers into points. SWU ran a little bit on us during their first series of the game. We shut them down after that. Most of their yards came when we took our starters out of the game in the fourth quarter.”

After receiving the game’s opening kickoff and being forced to punt three plays later, the H-BC offense took control of the game by scoring 32 points before the first half was complete.

H-BC’s second possession turned into a 10-play, 85-yard march ending with Bass scoring on a three-yard touchdown run.

Senior Tate Bork carried in the ensuing two-point conversion to give the Patriots an 8-0 lead.

The H-BC defense forced SWU to punt three plays into its next possession.

Taking over on its own 44-yard line, H-BC displayed the ability to strike quickly as Gehrke hooked up with Bork for a 56-yard touchdown pass during the first play of the possession.

Bass carried in the conversion to make it 16-0 and cap the scoring in the first quarter.

H-BC took advantage of the first of three turnovers by SWU to produce the first points of the second quarter.

Following a fumble recovery by Jeff Nelson, Gehrke tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Sandbulte.

Bass toted in the two-point conversion to up H-BC’s lead to 24-0.

The Patriots capped the scoring in the first half with another impressive drive late in the second quarter.

H-BC moved the ball 82 yards in 11 plays with Bass scoring on a two-yard plunge at the end of the series.

A Gehrke-to-Braden Ellingson conversion pass after the touchdown gave the Patriots a 32-0 advantage they would take into the second half.

SWU attempted to turn a fourth-and-one situation early in the third quarter into a first down with a running play.

The decision proved to be costly as the Wildcats coughed up the ball and Nelson recovered the fumble on the SWU 39-yard line.

The H-BC offense moved the ball inside SWU’s 20 before Gehrke fired a 17-yard touchdown pass to Bass that left the visitors sporting a 38-0 cushion.

SWU snapped H-BC’s 38-point run as the third quarter progressed when Wildcat quarterback Matt Soto threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Justin Jass.

The Patriots, however, scored eight more points before the period was complete to open a 46-6 cushion.

An interception by Gehrke set up Bass’ final touchdown run of the game, a seven-yard scamper.

Caleb Vis carried in the ensuing two-point conversion.

Vis came up big for the Patriots again in the fourth quarter when he scored on an eight-yard run and ran in the two-point conversion to make it a 54-6 game.

SWU recorded a pair of touchdowns late in the fourth quarter against H-BC’s reserve defense.

Soto tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Erik Jass and Kurt Schmitz ran for a 19-yard touchdown late in the game to cap the scoring.

H-BC plays winless Renville County West in Danube Friday.

Team statistics

H-BC: 239 rushing yards, 184 passing yards, 423 total yards, 15 first downs, nine penalties for 35 yards, one turnover.

SWU: 117 rushing yards, 75 passing yards, 192 total yards, four first downs, five penalties for 22 yards, three turnovers.

Individual statistics

Rushing: Bork 14-59, Bass 21-139, Gehrke 1-13, Vis 5-15, Ellingson 3-13.

Passing: Gehrke 10-18 for 184 yards.

Receiving: Bork 2-74, Nathan Taubert 2-40, Ellingson 2-33, Bass 2-29, Carey Taubert 1-8, Sandbulte 1-18.

Defense: N.Taubert six tackles, Gehrke two tackles and one interception, Sandbulte seven tackles, Bass five tackles, Bork four tackles, Isaac Tilstra five tackles, Vis nine tackles, Zach Wagenaar nine tackles, Jon Gallagher two tackles and one sack, Dalton Klarenbeek four tackles, Jacob Conger six tackles, Nelson seven tackles and two fumble recoveries, Ellingson three tackles, Noah Holthaus two tackles.

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