Bears run over the Packers
When two teams, in this case the Byron Bears and the Austin Packers, with the same record, 2-3, face each other it’s usually a close game.
However, last week’s contest proved to be an outlier as Byron throttled Austin 42-13 on Friday, Oct. 4.
Byron Head Coach Ben Halder said the coaches were impressed by the team’s performance.
“Yes, we were really happy how we played,” he said.
They were happy because Byron scored four touchdowns in the first half, including three in the first quarter, and held Austin to just one touchdown.
The Packers needed just one play to score the first touchdown of the game.
“Austin scored a defensive touchdown on their first play, after that our kids settled in and executed our game plan perfectly,” he said.
Byron running back Austin Freerksen ran in the Bears’ first touchdown and a successful extra point attempt gave Byron a 7-6 lead.
Then, the Bears’ special teams recovered a fumbled punt and Freerksen quickly scored his second touchdown of the first quarter.
After the Packers turned the ball over on downs, Freerksen made it three in a row with a long touchdown run to make the score 21-6.
Halder said his offensive line did a good job of opening holes for Freerksen.
“They stayed engaged and used their feet to win the battles,” he said.
The offensive line’s quality play helped Freerksen score his fourth touchdown in the second quarter to give Byron a 22-point lead.
Up 28-6 at halftime, Halder said he told his team to keep attacking.
“To keep pounding the stone, Austin has some really talented players that can score in a hurry,” he said.
In the second half, Byron’s defense propelled the offense as they turned two interceptions in short fields which both
Halder said the whole defense played a role in creating those turnovers.
“Pressure played a part and our defensive backs made really good plays on the ball,” he said.
Austin scored one more touchdown in the fourth quarter to trim Byron’s lead to 42-13, but that’s as close as the Packers got.
He mentioned that the Bears learned “that we can play with anyone, we just need to believe and execute.”
Beyond the whole team playing well, he said a few individual players had standout games.
“Austin Freerksen played well obviously, so did all of our seniors to be honest,” he said. “The Underwood twins played well too. Our lines played well and had them guessing as to how we were going to attack, overall I though we played well as a whole team.”
Halder said the Bears will focus on keeping their offense running smoothly in practice this week.
“Continuing to use the momentum going into Rochester Century, which has an outstanding team full of quality athletes and big linemen,” he said. “We will have to play well to win, which we are capable of.”
The Bears make the short drive to Rochester to take on the Panthers at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11.
Byron Stats: Passing - Drew Scheuer 7 of 14 for 108 yards and a TD. Rushing – Austin Freerksen 19 carries 210 yards 4 TD plus 1 of 1 passing for 4 yards and a TD. Receiving - Ben Stienessen 5 catches for 60 yards and a TD and Noah Schmitz 2 catches for 20 yards and a TD.