James Huisman scored the tying touchdown and the winning two-point conversion in the second overtme, lifting Brandon-Evansville to a 36-34 Pheasant Conference victory over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross Friday night in Evansville.
The victory was the first for the Chargers over Warriors in many seasons.
Brandon-Evansville quarterback Tom Bosek started the scoring with a one-yard run with 2:30 to play in the first quarter. Mason Deal responded 30 seconds later by breaking a 76-yard touchdown run. A two-point conversion run by Paul Berger put the Warriors ahead 8-6.
In the second quarter, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross scored on a nine-yard pass from quarterback Blake Coffman to Brad Dahlen to increase the lead to 14-6. An eight-yard run by Huisman with three minutes left in the half cut the margin to 14-12.
In the third quarter, the Warriors extended their advantage to 20-12 on a two-yard run by Deal, before Huisman pulled the Chargers to within two points when he took the ball into the end zone from the three-yard line with 3:30 to play in the quarter. A Bosek to Collin Carlson two-point conversion pass tied the game at 20-20.
Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime.
In high school football overtime consists of each team getting a possession beginning at the 10 yard line with four plays to try to score points. If the game remains tied after the first overtime, the process continues until a winner is determined.
Brandon-Evansville had the first possession and scored on a four-yard Husiman run. The Chargers converted the two point play when Bosek hit Will Schroeder with a pass. That gave the home team a 28-20 lead and put pressure on the Warriors to not only score a touchdown, but also convert the two-point play. W/H-N did both as Coffman ran the ball in from the 10 and then took it over the goal line for the tying points at 28-28.
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross got the ball first in the second overtime and scored on a one-yard run by Deal to take a 34-28 lead, however, the Warriors failed to convert the two point try, leaving the door open for the Chargers to take the win.
Huisman scored his fourth touchdown of the game, this time on a five-yard run and then carried the ball into the end zone for the winning two-point conversion as the Chargers posted a 36-34 victory.
Both teams ran the ball well with Wheaton/Herman-Norcross compiling 396 yards on the ground and B-E 249. The two teams combined for 33 first downs and the only turnover was a fumble by the Warriors which was recovered by Brandon-Evansville.
Huisman had a big game for the Chargers, running the ball 43 times for 182 yards and four touchdowns, plus the wining two-point conversion. Bosek completed 3-of-5 passes for 64 yards and the B-E offense ran off 74 plays compared to 59 for the Warriors.
Deal and Berger carried the load for the Warriors. Deal scored three touchdowns and finished with 181 yards. Berger rushed for 204 yards and scored the overtime touchdown.