BANGOR — The defense for Bangor High School’s football team shut down one of the area’s top rushers on Monday (and Friday).
Bangor (8-0, 5-0), ranked third in the Small Division by The Associated Press, defeated Brookwood 61-0 in a Scenic Bluffs Conference game that was resumed Monday after rain and lightning stopped it on Friday.
The Cardinals not only extended their regular-season winning streak to 35 games, they clinched no worse than a share of their fourth straight conference championship.
Brookwood senior Ben DeWitt entered Week 8 with 1,168 rushing yards, but the Cardinals kept DeWitt out of the end zone and held him to 53 yards. The Cardinals limited the Falcons (6-2, 4-1) to 47 total rushing yards and 57 total yards.
“We did a really good job of staying in our position,” said Cardinals coach Rick Muellenberg, whose team has a 24-game winning streak in conference games. “I thought with the drier field, we were able to pursue better. I was really proud of the effort.”
Muellenberg wouldn’t say if the defensive performance was the best of the season, but said its sixth shutout of the season was certainly one of the best.
“Brookwood is good, but our defense played outstanding,” Muellenberg said. “Every week, we talk about improvements and being a little bit better. I was happy with our overall performance.”
The conditions allowed Bangor to score, and score often, too.
The Cardinals added five touchdowns to the four they scored Friday before play was suspended. On Monday, Cardinals quarterback Drew Johnson found Caleb Miedema for a 40-yard scoring play with 1 minute, 48 seconds remaining until halftime.
Before that touchdown, all four touchdowns were on the ground with Johnson having the longest rushing touchdown. Johnson dashed in from 58 yards.
Luke Reader, Bangor’s leading rusher, surpassed the 1,000-yard milestone in the win. The Cardinals senior entered the week with 945 yards, and added 112 yards against the Falcons.
Reader also came into the game with 18 touchdowns, and scored twice against the Falcons. His first touchdown came just before the weather delay on a 21-yard run.
Then, on Monday, Reader picked up a two-point conversion and a 12-yard score. Both plays came in the third quarter.
Reader, who found the end zone on two two-point conversions, scored in the third quarter after Theo Muellenberg’s 7-yard run. Theo Muellenberg also scored on a 2-yard run in Friday’s second quarter.
The final two touchdowns came from Bangor’s Ethan Jacobson, who had two carries. Jacobson ran for 72, scoring once from the 1 and again from his own 29.
The 71-yarder completed the scoring with 5:14 left.
Rick Muellenberg was impressed at Jacobson’s pair of runs.
“Ethan broke through the line, and he outran everyone on that last one,” he said. “He made a nice cut on the outside.”
Bangor will end its regular season Friday at Cashton (2-6, 2-3). Then, it’s off to the playoffs, but Rick Muellenberg wants to see improvements made by a team that hasn’t lost in quite awhile.
“We want to keep being more physical, and get multiple people to the ball,” Muellenberg said. “There’s a lot of small things here and there that we work on.”
The Falcons, meanwhile, host Royall to close out the regular season on Friday.