NEW BREMEN – The New Bremen Cardinals started the 2011 football season impressively in the first quarter, but they couldn’t control the running attack of the Covington Buccaneers and were defeated 43-20.
“Turnovers and we couldn’t stop their fullback hurt us tonight,” Cardinals head coach Rob Messick said. “It was plain and simple they had a third and 22 and they ran a fullback dive and picked up 25 yards.”
“What we do is run the ball,” Buccaneer head coach Dave Miller said. “Our offensive line established themselves in the second half.”
Alex Baskerville led the way for Covington with 122 yards on 18 carries.
New Bremen received the opening kickoff and drove the ball down the field with some key runs by Alex Speelman and Aaron Clune before Clune capped the 68-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run. The pass for two was no good giving the Cardinals a 6-0 lead with 7:25 left.
The defense stepped up on the Buccaneer first drive as they rushed the line and forced a fourth and 12 from the Cardinal 29. New Bremen held A. J. Ouellette to only six yards taking possession with 4:24 left.
After that things went downhill as Covington regained possession on a punt and drove 60 yards in 9 plays with Steve Blei kicking a 34-yard field goal with 9:46 left to make the score 6-3.
Covington got the ball back when New Bremen fumbled and Dylan Owens recovered at the New Bremen 38 with 9:30 left. Seven plays later Isaiah Winston threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Troy Cron with 5:57 left. The kick was no good giving the Buccaneers a 9-6 lead.
“We didn’t play physical enough against this team to win,” Messick said. “They came out and hit us and we didn’t respond.”
The next Cardinal drive again ended in a turnover as Owens intercepted a Westerbeck pass with 3:27 left. Five plays later Winston went in around the right end for a 20-yard touchdown. The kick by Blei made the score 16-6 with 51 seconds left.
It only took three plays for Covington to get back on the scoreboard in the second half. After receiving the kickoff, Winston completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Ouellette to give the Buccaneers a 22-6 lead after the missed two-point conversion with 10:11 left.
New Bremen came as close as they would get the rest of the game late in the third quarter when Westerbeck capped a nine-play 68-yard drive with a 28-yard touchdown run. Westerbeck also ran for two to close the score to 22-14 with 47 seconds left in the quarter.
Covington capped the victory with a touchdown run of nine yards and an interception return of 35 yards by Ouellette in the fourth quarter and a five yard run by Alex Baskerville for the 43-20 victory. New Bremen scored their final touchdown on a 33-yard pass from Westerbeck to Clune with 7:21 left in the game.
“We turned the ball over, dropped snaps and we missed opportunities to make plays when we needed them,” Messick said. “We clawed back a little bit but then we would mess something up.
“We have to decide what kind of season that we are going to have,” Messick said. “Are we going to get pushed around or are we going to do the pushing. We have to figure that out. We are not big and we know that but we have to play with a little bit more desire.”
NEW BREMEN 20
Covington 0 16 6 21 – 43
New Bremen 6 0 8 6 – 20