Bryson Ils shakes off a defender  for a gain up the   field

By Derek Hoesly, Correspondent

In a bizarre high school football opener, the Big Foot Chiefs stunned the Brodhead-Juda Cardinals, 28-27. The game went right down to the final seconds last Saturday, Aug. 20.

Brodhead-Juda displayed all of their offensive weapons on the opening drive. On third and four from their 34-yard line, senior quarterback Matt Schmitt scampered for three yards. Coach Jim Matthys then decided to take a gamble, and it paid off. Brodhead-Juda lined up to punt, but Schmitt received the snap and rushed for two-yards to give Brodhead-Juda the quick momentum. Schmitt connected with junior Parker Johnson for a key 12-yard gain. Senior Jack Speckman had a 10-yard run through the right side down to the Chiefs’ nine-yard line. Speckman punched it in from the two-yard line on third and goal to put the Cardinals up 7-0.

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