Spirits were high coming into the week’s matchup against the Viroqua Blackhawks as the Tigers were coming off a resounding Homecoming win.
This match would mark the first of three road games to close out the 2017 season for Tigers football.
The stingy Blackhawk defense would be hard for the Tigers to break through and a leaky BRF defense couldn’t hold back Viroqua.
The Viroqua rushing attack would seem unstoppable as the Blackhawks racked up 352 yards on the ground, averaging 7.2 yards a rush.
Viroqua would repeatedly drive the ball down the field with little trouble, trotting into the end zone on plays of five yards or less. The Blackhawks also scored a long score after a 25-yard run.
At the end of the first half, the Tigers had seemingly no answer for its opponent, but a spark would come at the end of the third.
With a drive finally going its way, Elliot Bird would send a floater to Ethan Anderson for the 10-yard completion to put the Tigers on the board trailing 30-6.
Viroqua would put on two more scores for a final score of 42-6.
The Tigers defense did try and give the offense some opportunities stripping the ball three times and recovering two of those fumbles.
An untimely interception from Bird and an inability to slow the Blackhawks down consistently put the Tigers in a difficult spot.
BRF will look to shake off the loss as it heads over to Westby for the second to last game of the season.