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Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots control second half, defeat Raiders on Homecoming; H-BC extends 28-14 lead into 60-20 win

October 4, 2013

Brian Fenske takes the ball to the endzone for a 6 point gain by the Raiders. 
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Brian Fenske takes the ball to the endzone for a 6 point gain by the Raiders.
Brandon Everett and Joey Voss take down the HBC runner to stop the advance. 
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Brandon Everett and Joey Voss take down the HBC runner to stop the advance.
by Les Knutson, Sports Writer
After a highly-competitive first half of action Friday night, the visiting Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots broke open Fulda’s 2013 Homecoming high school football game, taking control in the third quarter and claiming a 60-20 victory over the Raiders at Alex Fisher Field.

The Patriots scored in every quarter and racked up 533 yards of total offense and improved to 3-2 for the season in the Southern Confederacy West, while Fulda had its two-game winning streak snapped and is now 2-3 for the campaign.

The Raiders travel to tangle with undefeated Edgerton / Ellsworth at Edgerton Friday night.

Against H-BC, Fulda played a strong all-around first half, moving the ball very well on a pair of touchdown drives.

But, the Patriots outscored the Raiders 16-0 in the third quarter, extending a 28-14 halftime lead into a 44-14 advantage.

“They came out and made a statement in third quarter,” FHS co-head coach Greg Erdmann said about the Patriots’ effort after intermission. “We had played a good second quarter, both offensively and defensively, but the game changed in the second half.”

After H-BC scored on its opening drive, the Raiders came back and took an 8-6 lead with 6:29 to play in the first quarter.

Sophomore quarterback Brian Fenske capped Fulda’s drive with a 16-yard touchdown run and senior tailback Josh Ramerth bulled in for the two-point conversion, giving the large Homecoming crowd reasons for optimism.

The Patriots, however, responded with two more six pointers --- including one on the final play of the quarter --- to take a 22-8 lead entering the second period.

The Raiders matched their visitors in the second quarter, playing solid defense and putting together a touchdown drive, highlighted by Fenske’s 19-yard pass completion to Jordan White, with Bennett Appel running the final seven yards for Fulda’s second TD with 2:04 left in the opening half.

“That was a nice drive,” praised Erdmann. “Overall, we played well in the first. Other than a couple of defensive mistakes on our part, the first half was quite evenly-played.”

H-BC’s defense controlled Fulda’s running game in the third quarter and the Patriots continued to move the ball with a balanced attack that accumulated 387 yards rushing in the game on 27 carries.

Fulda, which ground out 253 yards on 53 rushes, scored again in the fourth quarter when Fenske (14 carries for 59 yards) capped a Raider drive with a one-yard TD run.

H-BC’s final score came on a 99-yard run from Plimpton.

Ramerth (14 carries, 87 yards) and Appel (11 rushes, 69 yards) were Fulda’s leading ball carriers, while Fenske completed 12 of 32 passes for 107 yards.

“When he has time in the pocket, Brian throws the ball well,” declared Erdmann. “He’s doing a nice job for a young quarterback, as he is also a threat to run.”

Appel caught five of Fenske’s passes for 42 yards, while Ryan Schumacher had four pass receptions for 31 yards.

Defensively, the Raiders were led by Joey Voss and Ramerth with 10 and nine tackles, respectively. White had a fumble recovery, along with a trio of tackles.

Gehrke ran for 191 yards (seven carries) and passed for 146 more (12-of-23) to lead H-BC’s diversified offensive attack.

H-BC 22 6 16 16 = 60

Fulda 8 6 0 6 = 20

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