Bureau Valley and St. Bede both made some strong opening statements to start the 2013 football season.
The Storm defeated Hall 42-21 while the Bruins beat Amboy/LaMoille 41-6. They will meet Friday on the Academy gridiron for the BCR’s Week 2 Game of the Week.
It was with a lot of confidence Bureau Valley took the field last week and lived up to their expectations. The Bruins may have surprised some folks outside of the St. Bede camp the way they dismantled the host Clippers.
“We did some things really well and did some things we have to work on,” St. Bede coach John Bellino said. “I thought our defense played well against kind of a mature Amboy team. We’re going to have to build on that. We were sky high going into that being as young as we are. We can’t be overconfident. We know Bureau Valley is much improved. We’ve seen them on film now. They just offer another challenge.”
Storm coach Jeff Ohlson was not one of those surprised to the Bruins’ early success.
“Their young kids had very good games, and (Justin) Shaw and (Michael) Bellino both are very good,” he said. “Coach (John) Bellino and coach (Mark) Siebert have a lot of experience and expertise and have them playing very well at the start of the season. We will need to come out and take care of the ball, execute on offense and defense, try to match there physicality and athleticism and be ready to play.”
Junior quarterback Jack Brady shined in his varsity debut for the Bruins, throwing for 234 yards and five touchdowns all in the first half, answering any questions if he was ready for the big show. He threw TD strikes to four different targets — Justin Shaw (15, 54), Michael Bellino (7), Braidy Shipp (51) and Matt Szczepaniak (51).
“I’m sure it’s going to boost his confidence level. Jack’s just doing what we’re asking him too do and hopefully that continues,” Bellino said. “You have to give our offense line a lot of credit. I think they did a nice job protecting him. He put the ball where he had to, and our receivers caught the ball. Lot of what happened was to what Amboy was doing. Amboy was trying to stop the run, (and) we took advantage of the passing game.”
Bureau Valley junior quarterback Parker Neuhalfen put up equally impressive numbers in his first season-opening start, throwing for 136 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 87 yards and three TDs. All told, the Storm offense racked up 481 yards offense with Tucker Schoff leading the ground game (16-157, 2 TDs).