MORRISON — Bureau Valley coach Jeff Ohslon said he'd been waiting "waiting for two or three weeks for things to pop open" for the Storm offense. Friday night it did.
The Storm exploded for a 36-point second quarter scoring barrage at Morrison to keep their dwindling playoff hopes alive with 56-26 win.
Junior quarterback Parker Neuhalfen had two touchdowns and 64 yards on the ground along with a 60-yard interception return for a score to lead the Storm to victory.
Storm running backs Tommy Johnston and Tucker Schoff followed suit with two touchdowns each in the big win. Johnston ran for 99 yards while Schoff amassed 77 rushing yards. Sophomore Will Konneck capped off Bureau Valley’s offensive barrage with a 40-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.
“We were struggling a little bit there going into the game tonight. We needed a few breaks here and there. We haven’t gotten any breaks in the last couple of weeks and tonight we made our breaks, " Ohlson said.
"We stepped in front of some passes, picked off a couple of passes, picked up a couple of fumbles, and we did the things we needed to do tonight to be successful. I thought the kids gave us great energy and great excitement. It was a total team win. These guys can be happy and they can enjoy themselves. We’d been waiting for two or three weeks for things to pop open and tonight it did."
By the end of the third quarter, the Storm had piled up more than 280 rushing yards. Ohlson credited his linemen for a job well done.
“Tonight our offensive line did a great job," he said. "Kyle Hughes, Dalton Kepner, Andrew Jacobs, Chase Pierce, and Justin Buckman — those five guys up front did a great job of blocking and making holes for those guys to run through.”
At the end of the first quarter, the game was knotted up 6-6. Early in the second quarter Johnston scored his two touchdowns in 62 seconds, putting the Storm up 22-6 with a little over eight minutes left in the half
“Tommy Johnston played great tonight. He ran downhill and did what he needed to do,” Ohlson said.
The Mustangs answered on a 64-yard pass from quarterback Mason Sitzmore to Noah Blacklock.
The Storm fired off three more touchdowns including Neuhalfen’s pick six with less than a minute left in the half.
Sitzmore fired another touchdown throw in the third quarter to Ryan Mayberry, but it was a little too late for the Mustangs.
The Storm will face Amboy-LaMoille at home next week and must win out to make the postseason.