Surging Brandon Valley rolls past Washington
October 01. 2013 11:35AM
Brandon Valley handed Washington its most lopsided loss in years Friday, blasting the Warriors 56-14 at Howard Wood Field in a game where the Lynx looked like a Class 11AAA contender and the defending state champs looked to be in full rebuild mode.
Washington (2-3) suffered serious breakdowns in every phase of the game, while the Lynx (4-1) resembled the team that gave the Warriors a challenge in last yea’s state title game: Fast on offense, sound on defense, and dangerous through the air.
Since suffering a 30-0 loss to Roosevelt in their season opener, the Lynx have now won four straight, and this one – by six touchdowns over a Sioux Falls school – is surely the most satisfying.
“There were definitely a lot of guys on this team who wanted redemption (from last year),” said Lynx senior wideout AJ Garrow. “There were a lot of juniors that played in that game in the dome last year, and we were all fired up to play. Washington didn’t play their best game tonight and we know they could still be a tough team in the playoffs, but we really played a great game tonight.”
Jake Comeaux threw for 182 yards and four touchdowns, Cam Holmes had 111 rushing yards on just four carries and Garrow and Drew Reinschmidt combined for five touchdown catches as the Lynx had their way with a Washington team that has already been struggling on offense, but now faces questions about its defense as well.
Warrior coach Chad Stadem took the loss hard. He also took responsibility for it, saying that he hopes it can serve as a message to the players and staff of how far they need to go.
“We didn’t have our focus this week, and I’ll take the blame for that,” Stadem said.
“We’re mad, we’re embarrassed. We all expect more of ourselves. We can quit, we can whine and cry and blame others, or we can look ourselves in the mirror and realize that we’re the ones who put ourselves in this position and no one is going to get us out of it but us.”
The Lynx wasted a couple strong early drives due to penalties, but got on the board on a 36-yard Devan West field goal, then pushed the lead to 11-0 when Garrow took a pass behind the line and fired to a wide-open Reinschmidt for a 37-yard strike.
“We installed that play at the last minute this week,” AJ Garrow said. “We had it open in the dome last year and I overthrew it, but this time I saw him open and just threw it. It was kind of ugly, but it got there and he made a great catch.”
Washington then tried to field a punt inside its own 10 and fumbled, leading to a 7-yard throw from Comeaux to Garrow, and an interception set up a 9-yard throw to Garrow that made it 25-0.
It was 32-0 before WHS got on the board on a 2-yard run by Logan Raabe that was set up by a 36-yard Luke Reiter run, but Holmes then darted 90 yards for a touchdown on an option with less than a minute to go in the half, making it 39-7 and sending the Warriors into the locker room hurting.
“We came out and executed really well,” said Lynx coach Chad Garrow. “I didn’t sleep very well this week worrying about their defense, but we didn’t turn the ball over and we got some turnovers from them that gave us a short field, and we took advantage. The more our kids that are first-year starters get to play, the better they get. They’re progressing really well. Tonight was a great night.”
That wasn’t the case for Washington, obviously, and Stadem understands there’s frustration surrounding the program in light of unprecedented success before his arrival.
“We all need to be better,” he said. “There’s not going to be any blame going around, no pointing fingers. We all expect more of ourselves, and we're going to make sure we’re all accountable.”
The Lynx are in the midst of a bye week and preparing for their Oct. 11 home game against ESD rival, Aberdeen Central.
Brandon Valley 11 28 10 7 - 56
Washington 0 7 0 7 - 14
BV - Devan West 36 FG
BV - Drew Reinschmidt 37 pass from AJ Garrow (Jake Comeaux pass to Alex Wilde)
BV - Garrow 7 pass from Comeaux (West kick)
BV - Garrow 9 pass from Comeaux (West kick)
BV - Reinschmidt 32 pass from Comeaux (West kick)
WHS - Logan Raabe 2 run (Reagan Stenzel kick)
BV - Cam Holmes 90 run (West kick)
BV - Reinschmidt 36 pass from Comeaux (West kick)
BV - West 28 FG
BV - Cole Christensen 17 run (West kick)
WHS - Justin Miller 3 run (Stenzel kick)
RUSHING: BV - Holmes 4-111, Tyler Hintz 6-22, Christensen 3-21, Riley Frantzen 3-8, Lucas Lunstra 1-0, Reid Grode 1-0, Comeaux 5-(-4); WHS - Luke Reiter 14-71, Miller 10-65, Zach DeVries 2-34, Raabe 9-26, Dan Marlette 1-18, Tim Kue 1-11, Zach Freese 1-(-6), Jack Schelhaas 7-(-15)
PASSING: BV - Comeaux 19-30-0-187, Garrow 1-1-0-37, Alex DeVille 1-1-0-4; WHS - Schelhaas 6-11-1-27, Miller 5-9-3-26
RECEIVING: BV - Garrow 8-67, Reinschmidt 4-82, Wilde 2-23, Riley Bennett 2-8, Frantzen 2-3, Isaiah Blok 1-4, Comeaux 1-4; WHS - Nate Weberg 4-27, Raabe 2-15, Nate Albers 1-4, Zac Lupica 1-4, Miller 1-2, Lindeman 1-1, Reiter 1-0.