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Lynx are ESD champs!
BV tops Bucks in conference-title clash
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

October 24. 2012 3:30PM
The Eastern South Dakota Conference hardware is all Brandon Valley’s this year.
After sharing the title the last two seasons, Brandon Valley’s convincing 42-0 shutout against the Yankton Bucks Thursday night, solidified the honor.

“When you look back at it, to get a piece of it and then to get it all this year, is really special,” Lynx head coach Chad Garrow said. “Really, we were only an overtime win away in the past five years of having it.”

With both squads entering Thursday’s clash undefeated in ESD action, Garrow and company expected more than the Bucks brought to the Brandon Valley stadium on a cold and rainy night. Yankton had little luck in stopping both the run and passing game.

“I was a little bit surprised they were unable to stop the run game,” Garrow said.

Brandon Valley’s ground game was largely fueled by senior Tony Tripp, who registered 153 yards in 20 carries and scored two first-half touchdowns.

The Lynx went right to work Thursday, scoring on a 2-yard TD run by Tripp with 6:49 to play in the first. Brandon Valley added two more scores in the opening stanza. The second scoring opportunity came on a 19-yard pass from quarterback Chase Marso to Matt Vandeberg. Brandon Valley capped off the quarter on a 21-yard TD pass play from Marso to Nate Winter for a 21-0 game.

“When we came out we knew we were going to have to run in this rain,” said senior offensive tackle Joe Sandoval. “We weren’t going to be able to pass it as much as we usually do. We came in with the smash-mouth attitude tonight.”

With 5:49 to play in the second, Vandeberg stepped in front of a Yankton pass and took it 59 yards for his second score of the game and a 27-0 lead.

Tripp added another short touchdown run before half to give the Lynx a 35-0 advantage. Brandon Valley tacked on two more when Marso hit Vandeberg on the two-point conversion.

Brandon Valley wrapped up their scoring spree with 9:21 to play in the third on a Marso to AJ Garrow 14-yard TD pass play.

For the first time this season, Brandon Valley’s rushing yardage nearly matched that of its passing game. The Lynx, led by Tripp, registered 146 yards on the ground and 166 in the air. Marso completed 9-of-15 for three scores.

“Our motto is ‘Rain, wind or snow, we’re going to throw, throw, throw,’’’ Marso said.
“We came out and tried to do what we do but at the same time we established the run a little bit more.”

On the receiving end of Marso’s passes were Garrow, who caught three for 39 yards, Winter, two for 67 yards, Vandeberg, a pair for 41 yards, and Tripp, one for 13 yards.
The Lynx defense contained Yankton to 186 yards total (157 rushing, 29 passing).
Levi Davis led Buck runners with 100 yards on 15 carries.

Lucas Lunstra had a dozen tackles and shared a QB sack with Collin Lloyd, who had seven tackles on the night along with Trey DeJong. Jacob Adams contributed six and Luke Hyronimus had five.
“Our defense limited them a little bit on what they could do,” Garrow said.

The Lynx were turned back 29 yards on four penalties, while Yankton had just two penalties for 10 yards.

In the midst of their 12-day break, Garrow is preparing the team for both Pierre and Watertown. The winner of Tuesday’s first round playoff game will face the Lynx in Brandon next Monday.

“Our intention is to throw the ball and open the run game,” he said.

Senior members of the 9-0 Brandon Valley Lynx and Coach Chad Garrow celebrate winning the Eastern South Dakota Conference crown outright following Thursday's 42-0 victory over the visiting Yankton Bucks. The No. 2-ranked Lynx earned a first round playoff bye and will host the winner of the Pierre-Watertown game Monday night, Oct. 29. For more photos from the game, check out the photo gallery. Photo by Wilma Kirkeby

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