VERSAILLES — The Versailles Tigers couldn’t be stopped as they defeated the new Bremen Cardinals 42-0 in a Midwest Athletic Conference contest at Versailles.
“Every play that they hit started out as a five yard play,” Cardinals head coach Rob Messick said. “We just couldn’t tackle. Strength is extremely important and they ran through our tackles and that is what it came down to.”
It didn’t take long for the Tigers to strike paydirt. After each team punted, Versailles took possession at the 39. Following a six-yard run by quarterback Nick Campbell, he passed for 20 yards to his brother Mitch Campbell and then fired a 35-yard touchdown pass to Mike Rutschilling. The extra point kick by Chad Winner made the score 7-0 with 7:03 left.
“I was really happy that I saw improvement,” Tigers head coach Bob Olwin said. “With the coverage on the special teams and our defense really came to play tonight.”
Versailles wasn’t finished in the quarter. Neven Frazee was forced to punt for New Bremen but the snap was high and he was forced to fall on the ball at the 20. Four plays later Campbell capitalized with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Aaron McNeilan. The kick made the score 14-0 with 3:51 left.
Campbell flourished through the air for 410 yards and five touchdowns in the game.
“Offensively we are not clicking on all cylinders yet,” Olwin said. “We took advantage of some of the things they were doing and got open. He did some good things. When we got up by 14 we started to overthrow some passes.”
Once again the Cardinals had trouble in the last two minutes of the first half. With 2:14 left Damien Richard fell on his own fumble in the endzone for a one-yard touchdown. The kick made the score 21-0.
The Tigers got the ball back on a punt with 1:23 left and Campbell broke loose for a 50-yard run before completing a two-yard touchdown pass to McNeilan with five seconds left to make the halftime score 28-0.
“The catch by Damien Richard was unbelievable right before half,” Olwin said. “We found some good ways to score but we need to be more consistent.”
“We had three completely blown coverage’s in the game,” Messick said. “Offensively we moved the ball well but we had two possessions inside the five and couldn’t get the ball in. We can’t do that and be successful.”
The Tigers finished the scoring in the third quarter.
Taking the opening kickoff of the second half at their 33 Campbell completed a couple four-yard passes before getting a 63-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Mitchell Campbell. The extra point made the score 35-0 with 11:16 left.
On the next drive for New Bremen they started at their 15 and with a mix of run and pass moved the ball to the one. A two-yard loss by Aaron Clune on third down led to an incomplete pass on fourth with 6:43 left.
Versailles took over at the three and moved the ball out to the 20 on three runs and after an incomplete pass, Campbell completed a 61-yard pass to Ethan Bruns and a 19-yard pass to McNeilan for the touchdown. The extra point kick made the final score 42-0.
“There is more in these kids and I have to find a way to get it out of them,” Messick said. “We have got to make plays. I don’t know how many dropped balls we had in critical situations. We have got to start making plays and that is the difference right now.”
The Cardinals (0-7, 0-5) entertain Parkway next Friday.
NEW BREMEN 0
VER 14 14 14 0 – 42
NB 0 0 0 0 – 00
VER – Rutschilling 35-yard pass from Campbell (Winner kick); 7:03; VER 7-0.
VER – McNeilan 21-yard pass from Campbell (Winner kick); 3:51; VER 14-0.
VER – Richard 1-yard run (Winner kick); 2:14; VER 21-0.
VER – McNeilan 2-yard pass from Campbell (Winner kick); 0:05; VER 28-0.
VER – M. Campbell 63-yard pass from N. Campbell (Winner kick), 11:16, VER 35-0.
VER – McNeilan 19-yard pass from Campbell (Winner kick); 4:59; VER 42-0.
First Downs 13 12
Rushes 35-44 19-86
Passing Yards 226 410
Comp.-Attempts 18-34 18-32
Interceptions 1 0
Offensive plays 69 51
Total Offense 270 496
Punts-Average 6-38 5-34
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties-yards 1-15 7-50
RUSHES – VER – N. Campbell 8-55, Richard 1-1, Dieringer 5-21, McNeilan 5-14. NB – Westerbeck 18-30, Clune 6-7, Skinner 3-16, G. Westerbeck 5-8, Wendel 2-(-1).
PASSING – VER – Campbell 15-27-0-409, Borchers 3-5-0-1; NB – Westerbeck 14-20-1-171, G. Westerbeck 4-8-0-55.
Edit: Headline corrected on Monday, Oct. 10