Football vs. Brookfield Academy
Brookfield Academy scored a touchdown on the opening kickoff and went on to defeat University School 21-6 in a Midwest Classic Conference football game on Friday, October 4th at Brookfield Academy.
Daniel Kim collected the ball at the 13 yard line, burst past several tacklers, and raced 87 yards for a touchdown. The TD gave the Blue Knights a lead they would never surrender.
The succeeding extra point kick by Logan Kobliska was successful. It proved to be the point the Blue Knights needed to outscore USM in the contest.
With 11:46 still left in the first quarter, BA was not about to stop. The Blue Knights kept right on going. Their defense halted the Wildcats’ ensuing drive, forcing USM to punt. Kyler Ringgold’s punt put the Blue Knights on their own five yard line. It didn’t bother BA. They marched 95 yards in 10 plays and concluded the drive with a 23 yard touchdown run by quarterback Jonah Jensen and a point after kick by Kobliska to take a 14-0 lead at 3:15 of the first quarter.
BA made it 21-0 with 5:09 remaining in the third quarter when Jonah Jensen completed a 14 yard pass to Joseph Schmidt.
USM was finally able to score with just 2:22 left in the game. Quarterback Stephawn Easley ran the ball in from 5 yards out. Ringgold’s kick was blocked.
In the game, the Wildcats gained a total of 248 yards, 182 of them on the run. Connor Baumann led all rushers in the game with 116 yards. Easley completed 7 of 15 passes for a total of 66 yards. Meanwhile, BA gained a total of 286 yards, 185 of those yards came via the run. Jensen led the Blue Knights with 90 yards rushing. He also completed 4 of 9 passes for 61 yards. Daniel Kim was 1 for 1 on passes. His pass went for a 20 yard gain.
After the game, USM’s head coach, Brian Sommers, was disappointed. He said, “It was a good night for football, crisp and the pads were popping. Unfortunately, BA got off to a good start with the kick return. We were not prepared on that return, and it set the tone for the night. I thought the dedication of our guys in the game was really good. We have to overcome our inexperience and remember that failing is growth. We’re going to have to grow from this game to accomplish our goals for the season. We have two games left. We need to get healthy and start working to get even better.”
Sommers added, “I’m proud of the way Connor ran, and I thought Stephawn made some really good plays, but, in the end, BA made more.”
The loss dropped USM’s record to 4-3 and 3-2 in the Midwest Classic Conference. The Wildcats fell behind Lake Country Lutheran and BA into a third-place tie with St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy. USM plays Living Word Lutheran in a Midwest Classic Conference game on Friday, October 11th at 7:00 pm.