WEST POINT — Pierce took a little time getting things figured but then didn’t need much more time in marching to its eighth straight win on the season with a 45-7 win over West Point-Beemer here Friday evening.
“This was a great win for us,” Pierce coach Mark Brahmer said, “We’re taking it all one game at a time. That sounds cliché, but we know how difficult the road will be from here on out.”
WP-B had the ball to open the game, but the Bluejay defense shut the Cadets down and took off on the first of seven scoring drives in the contest, four of them coming in the opening half.
“We just had to be more physical from the beginning,” Cadets coach Troy Schlueter said. “We will learn from this game and move along in the season as we get closer and closer to the end of the regular season and the playoffs.”
Carson Oestreich capped off the first scoring drive with a six-yard blast up the middle of the West Point-Beemer defense. After a Devan Roth kick, the Blue Jays went up 7-0.
The Pierce defense shut down the Cadets again and the Oestreich scored again, this time from the three.
“We are playing like we have been practicing,” Brahmer said. “We stress all the time we will play like we practice — and we have been practicing pretty well lately.”
The second quarter proved to be more of the same as the Bluejays tacked on another touchdown — this one from quarterback Dalton Freeman on a 31-yard keeper early in the period and a 31-yard field goal from Roth as the half expired.
“We had our chances early on in the game,” Schlueter said. “Give them credit, they made the plays when they needed to. But like I said, we’ll learn from playing a great team like this and learn what it takes to compete with a team this good.”
The Bluejays opened the second half with a long run from Brett Tinker.
Tinker raced up the middle of the Cadet defense on his way to a 59-yard scamper just 47 seconds into the half. With another Roth kick, Pierce took command of the game, 31-0.
Seven minutes later, the Bluejays initiated the continuous clock with a three-yard plunge by Ryder Fuchs.
“We were very efficient tonight,” Brahmer said. “We have been very efficient in practice. We can go over about 115 plays in an hour of practice, which gives us plenty of time to work on fine-tuning other aspects of the game.”
West Point-Beemer halted the running clock three seconds into the final quarter with a one-yard run from Blake Anderson. But Pierce closed scoring on the night with a 14-yard run from Jeremiah Kruntorad to make the 45-7 final.
“We’ll find out how we respond to this game,” Schlueter said. “I think I know what we’re made of and we’ll bounce back and learn from what happened here tonight. We got beat by a great football team and if we want to be a great football team we’ll need to step up to the challenge.”
Pierce moved to 8-0 on the season while the Cadets fell to 6-2.
Pierce (8-0) 14 10 14 7 — 45
West Point-Beemer (6-2) 0 0 0 7 — 7
P: Carson Oestreich 6 run, Devan Roth kick, 5:01.
P: Oestreich 3 run, Roth kick, 1:09.
P: Dalton Freeman 31 run, Roth kick, 10:48.
P: Roth 31 field goal, 0:00.
P: Brett Tinker 59 run, Roth kick, 11:13.
P: Ryder Fuchs 3 run, Roth kick, 4:13.
WP-B: Blake Anderson 1 run, Gustav Grimelius kick, 11:57.
P: Jeremiah Kruntorad 14 run, Roth kick, 9:07.