Golden Bears defeat Evergreen, clinch playoff berth

Bryan’s Titus Rohrer is tackled by Evergreen’s Chandler Lumbreze after one of his seven receptions. (Photo Credit: Tony Malanga, Bryan VCT)

METAMORA – The Bryan Golden Bears defeated Evergreen 41-7 Friday night, finishing the season at 7-3 and likely clinching a spot in the Division IV playoffs.

Bryan racked up 394 yards of total offense, with 337 of it coming from the air. Nate Miller threw four touchdown passes, and Dom James added two more rushing touchdowns in the victory.

Evergreen went three-and-out to open the game, and a high snap on their punt caused Bryan to get the ball on the Viking 20 yard line. James then scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. After Chandler Jackson’s extra point, the Bears led 7-0 with 7:28 remaining in the first quarter.

Bryan would score on three of their next five first half possessions. With 9:22 remaining in the first half, Miller found Brycen Andrews for a 16-yard touchdown to make it 14-0.

Evergreen would score their lone touchdown of the game on the very next drive. Hunter VanWert, who is the third leading rusher in the league, took a handoff from quarterback Jack Etue down the sideline for a 64 yard touchdown run to cut the Bryan lead to 14-7 with 8:28 remaining in the half.

Bryan scored twice more, as James scored from 3 yards out, and then Titus Rohrer caught Miller’s second touchdown pass of the game for 28 yards. At the half the score was 28-7.

The Bears were not done yet. On the second play of the second half, Miller hooked up with Brycen Andrews for a 64 yard touchdown pass. That made the score 35-7.

Later in the third quarter, Miller found Adam Fireovid for a 35 yard score. After Jackson’s missed extra point, the score would be 41-7 and the running clock began.

Miller was 19/27 passing for 337 yards and 4 touchdowns. Andrews and Rohrer were his favorite targets, with 149 and 111 receiving yards respectively. Drew Peters rushed for 41 yards on 13 carries, while James added 25 yards on 4 carries and 2 touchdowns.

With the win, the Bears are now 7-3 and 5-2 in the NWOAL. They appear to have clinched the 8th seed in Division IV, Region 14. They will likely travel to Clear Fork to face the Colts on Saturday, November 3rd. Official playoff seeds will be announced on Sunday afternoon.

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