A soaked surface and never-ending rain prevented West Branch Schools from getting Butch Pedersen Field at the Little Rose Bowl prepared for play Friday night, so Activities Director Jake Stenberg called an audible, and the school district of Solon offered to help. The artificial turf surface at Spartan Stadium on the grounds of the Solon Community School District graciously played host to the Bears' matchup with Cascade Friday evening.
After several missed red zone opportunities, the Bears' offense was held scoreless in the first half but the defense was keeping them in the game with an interception, forced turnover on downs, and just six points allowed. The second half, and specifically the fourth quarter is where the Bears started to make it a game. Down 21-0 heading into the fourth, the Bears' offense puts some points on the board and had fans wondering "can they pull this off?".
Ultimately, the Bears' comeback effort fell short as they fell to Cascade 21-14 to fall to 1-2 on the season. Check out highlights, photos, stats, and more from the game below.
Coach Butch Pedersen Interview
This interview with Coach Pedersen is presented by the Fulwider Insurance Agency.
Photos provided by the West Branch Times.
View all of the game stats over on VarsityBound.
Team: 342 yards, 285 passing, 57 rushing, 18 first downs
Gavin Hierseman (QB): 29/49*, 285 yards, 1 TD
Andy Henson (RB): 18 attempts, 68 yards, 1 TD; 7 receptions, 77 yards, 1 TD
Kaleb Sexton (WR): 3 receptions, 54 yards
Simon Palmer (TE): 4 receptions, 43 yards
Peyton Miller (WR): 8 receptions, 37 yards
* New school record for completions and attempts in a game, both team and individual
Team: 228 yards allowed, 3 forced turnovers
Cael Fiderlein (LB): 7.5 tackles, 1 TFL
Carver Boelk (DB): 4.5 tackles
Kinnick Boelk (DB): 1 INT, 1.5 tackles
Peyton Miller (DB): 1 INT
Cael Fiderlein (K): 0/2 FG (37, 32), 2/2 PAT
Cash Woody (P): 5 punts, 35.2 yards per punt
An on-demand audio replay of the BearCast broadcast can be heard over on our Mixlr channel.