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Broken Bow gets convincing win in season opener

September 1, 2012

Broken Bow's Tanner Johnson punts the ball away during the first quarter of the Broken Bow vs. Ogallala game Friday night. Broken Bow went on to win 28-6.

Broken Bow (1-0) used a bevy of running backs Friday night as they outworked Ogallala (0-2) for a convincing 28-6 victory.

Hunter Campbell had an impressive night in the secondary coming up with two interceptions- one on Ogallala's first drive of a game and another to halt a drive in which the black and orange were nearing the end zone.

"Broken Bow was a more physical team up front tonight," Ogallala coach Jeff McBride said. "It all starts up front. We've been able to control the line of scrimmage the past few years, but graduating all five of them makes us young up front. They are still trying to understand the game, but Broken Bow took it to us tonight."

Not only did Broken Bow take it to the Indians from the mountain time zone, but they did it in the form of a group of running backs. This was more due to cramps than design, but it was effective nonetheless.

Zac Jones led the way with 12 rushes for 125 yards. He scored Broken Bow's first touchdown on a 30-yard dash past the defense. The only score of the first quarter.

Broken Bow's newest player, running back Jeremy Christner had a solid day on the well. Christner picked up 38 yards on five carries, his longest was a 20-yard touchdown run.

Christner also showed his strength on defense, laying a bone-jarring hit to a Ogallala Indian in the second quarter from the defensive end position.

"It felt good," Christner said. " I didn't want to celebrate too much, but it felt really good."

Grayson Minnick also shared a piece of the running game pie. He had 10 carries for 48 yards while Nate Evans finished with 33 yard and a touchdown on nine rushes.

Quarterback Marcus Miller finished with 16 yards on six rushes. Zac Sanchez and Taylor O' Brien also got into the mix to help Broken bow gain 305 total yards

Bow's defense also was there to stop the Ogallala offense all night, holding them to 99 total yards.

"We played as a team and we came out and worked hard," Campbell said. "We stayed that way the whole game."

For coach Mike Garner, he knew how important this win was to his team.

"I'm really happy for the kids," Garner said. "I knew there we're a lot of question marks for them. They needed this game. It wasn't an opponent where it was a guaranteed win. We knew our depth at running back was going to be an advantage."

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