Brandon Foote, Sports Information Director
SIOUX CITY – The Briar Cliff football team opened its 2018 season with an impressive 40-13 home victory over Waldorf.
In the contest, the Cliff was clicking on all cylinders, producing defensive, special team and eventually offensive scores. The Chargers jumped out to a 7-0 lead thanks to a 40-yard Casey Brown interception return for a touchdown just 2:11 into the game. That score set the tone. The Cliff then extended its lead to 20-0 by the end of second quarter, blocking a punt and returning it for a score before the offense finally found the endzone. It was Brad Cagle connecting with Elijah Brown for a 25-yard score with 3:37 remaining in the second stanza. It would be the first of two hook-ups on the day by the duo. They also opened the second half scoring with a 45-yard connection in the third quarter.
Cagle finished the day 17-32 for 253 and four scores, while Cole Hanafan was 2-6 for 13 yards in a relief effort. Brown led all receivers with 104 yards on five grabs, while Logann Freeman had a team-high six receptions. Six different receivers recorded a catch on the afternoon. The Cliff rushed for 183 yards, paced by Noah Ylagan and Adonte Maxie, who finished with 49 and 46 yards, respectively. The Chargers controlled the clock, owning a 36:19-23:41 time of possession advantage. The Cliff was 12-20 on third down conversions, while Waldorf was 4-15. The 40 points were the most for the Chargers at Memorial since putting up 38 in a losing effort against the Red Raiders of Northwestern in 2010.
The BC defense held Waldorf to 324 total yards of offense, 131 on the ground and 193 through the air. Linell Gaston led the ground game with 81 yards on 10 totes, while Bo Joseph was 11-28 through the air for 86 yards and a score. Elijah Brown led the Cliff defense seven total tackles, while Logan Knudson and Tyler Wilson produced five total tackles apiece. Casey Brown registered a pair of picks on the day and another break-up, while Markel Roby also had an interception.
The win keeps the Cliff perfect at home against Waldorf and avenges a 62-26 road loss a season ago. The Cliff now leads the overall series, 4-1 and will take a 1-0 mark into a Sept. 6 contest at No. 25 Dakota State. Waldorf, now 0-1, will host Dordt, next Saturday.