Big play Badgers improve to 2-0

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ORWELL—Berkshire played well in every phase of the game in a 34-6 win over host Grand Valley on Friday.

The Badgers made big plays on offense, defense and special teams in improving to 2-0 on the year.

“Tonight, we played as a full team, all three phases,” Berkshire head coach Josh DeWeese said after the game. “We came out a little sloppy on offense and defense but we were able to tighten that up before halftime. I was proud of how they finished tonight. Everybody kept going, we got some young guys in and everyone stepped up on the field.”

Sophomore running back Josh Brown might have had the biggest night of all the Badgers.

He caught a touchdown pass, returned an interception 95 yards for another score and blocked an extra point in the win.

Senior quarterback Jacob Brown led the offensive attack for the Badgers with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Junior Jack Kuehn and senior J.J. Perrin led the way on defense as they combined for three sacks.

The Badgers received the opening kick but two pre-snap penalties derailed their opening drive and the Mustangs quickly moved deep into Berkshire territory but Josh Brown changed the momentum of the game when he stepped in front of Zach Hall’s fourth-and-five pass at the Berkshire 5-yard line and returned it for an early Badger lead.

Berkshire’s defense recorded three straight tackles for loss to give the ball back to its offense and the Badgers responded with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jake Brown to senior tight end Chris Groudle to push their lead to 14-0.

Again, Berkshire’s defense stepped up to set up another Badger score before the break.

Downing a punt at the Mustang 1-yard line along with a pair of Perrin sacks set the Badgers up with great field position and with 1:54 on the clock, plenty of time to increase their lead to 21-0.

Kuehn closed out that drive, and the half, with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Grand Valley’s attempt to add a score before the half was thwarted by a Blake Jenkins interception.

“We had some great efforts on the defensive side from the linebackers and D-line and obviously the secondary with a few interceptions,” DeWeese said about his team’s defensive performance. “We had some nice timely blitzes as well that really hit with that fumble towards the end.”

Jacob Brown ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the second half but a rare Berkshire miscue on the extra point left the score at 27-0.

Kuehn’s forced fumble on Grand Valley’s next possession set the Badgers up with possession deep in Mustang territory and they made the most of the opportunity with a 15-yard touchdown from Jake Brown to Josh Brown to close out the Berkshire scoring.

Grand Valley avoided the shutout on its final possession of the game when Hall completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Perry but Josh Brown blocked the extra point.

“It starts up there at the practice field,” Perry said about how his team can bounce back from the loss. “We have to get our heads back in it Monday and do what we have to do.”

Meanwhile, Berkshire will prepare for Lutheran West, a 51-20 winner over Westlake on Friday.

“We have to clean it up for sure,” DeWeese said. “Lutheran West is a good football team. We have to clean everything up and keep moving forward.”