Big red on the rise
The Bremond Tigers ran over the Iola Bulldogs last season and look to do so again. The 34-6 final score doesn’t truly tell the entire story. Bremond dominated from start to finish and the “Big Red” is even better this time around. Meanwhile, Iola has been better than expected, early on in 2013. They stand 4-1 overall, with only a loss to Milano on their resume. The Bulldogs have showed an ability to move the football this season averaging over 300 yards and 28 points a game. That will definitely help their cause, as they try to upset the 5th ranked Tigers from Bremond.
Quarterback Hayden Martinez will lead the Bulldogs rushing attack, which has produced winning results if not gaudy numbers. The Bulldogs have size on their side and could push the Tigers around as they are averaging 185 yards a game on the ground. With Will Mallett 240, Reed Fairbanks 260, and Ryan Renick 220, leading the way for Martinez 205 and Mikel Claris 190, Iola will be a strong test for the Tigers’ Big Red defense. The Tigers Draven Dennison, Colby Wilganowski, Hamilton and Harrison Hull, and Jarvis Jones will have their hands full all night. The Tiger secondary, led by Evan Sargent’s 7 interceptions could prove valuable as the game progresses.
Last season, Bremond’s speed was to much for the Bulldogs. Look for that to be a factor this time around also, as the Tigers are as quick or quicker, than the 2012 edition. Behind Cade Grych and RayAndre Browning, the Tigers have scored early and often. Running backs James Jones, Harrison Hull, and Josh Anderson, have taken turns carrying the football, piling up yardage and scoring touchdowns. Expect the Tigers to open up their offense and spread out the Bulldogs.
The Tigers jumped on Bosqueville early Friday, building a 21-0 halftime lead, as they whipped them 41-14, to remain undefeated at 6-0. Bremond’s defense had its hands full with Bosqueville’s super star quarterback, 6’5” C. J. Collins. Collins completed 27 of 36 passes for 241 yards and 2 touchdowns without throwing an interception.
The Tiger front of Dennison, Wilganowski and Hamilton Hull, along with linebackers Harrison Hull and Jarvis Jones, made three key fourth down stops in the first half and limited Bosqueville to the two Collins touchdowns.
It was a case of bend but don’t break for the Tigers, as both teams were effective moving the football. Meanwhile on offense, Bremond quarterback Cade Grych, matched Collins’ efficiency, going 14 of 18 for 293 yards and a touchdown. Harrison Hull caught 8 for 117 yards and a touchdown, and RayAndre Browning caught 5 for105 yards. Grych’s passing set up a huge night of running for halfback James Jones, who gained 113 yards and scored 4 touchdowns.
Three of those scores coming in the 2nd a half, as Bremond pulled away from a 21-0 halftime lead and eased home to the 41-14 win.
Now it’s on to Iola for the Tigers, who should rise in the State rankings after their decisive win. The Tigers should prowl again this weekend in Iola.
Michael Cotton / Robertson County News