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Posted October 12, 2013
Explosive BGM expects closer games down the stretch

BROOKLYN – Of all the crazy, outlandish, PlayStation-like offensive numbers the BGM Bears have posted through seven weeks of the prep football season, there’s one that really hits you.

It’s 11.2. Round it down to a flat 11, if you’d prefer.

That’s the number of yards BGM is averaging per play. Better than any team in the state, including the 8-Player game, where crazy, outlandish, PlayStation-like offensive numbers are commonplace.

“To be honest, I have not looked at any of our stats this season,” BGM Coach Jerod Burns said. “I haven’t gone on QuikStats, we’ve got other people who update that stuff. Some of my coaches bring up things from time to time. When you say that, it is pretty phenomenal that the kids have been able to accomplish something like that.”

There are a lot of phenomenal things BGM has accomplished thus far.

It’s 7-0 and the top-ranked team in Class A. No one has come closer than 36 points of it, with spreads of 55 or more in six games.

The Bears are averaging 65.6 points per game, more than any 11-player team and behind only Adair-Casey and Springville statewide. They ran only 23 total plays Friday night in a 69-6 blowout of English Valleys, scoring touchdowns on their first four plays.

There’s the rub. BGM finishes the regular season with toughies against once-beaten Montezuma and Pekin, games that may not involve a running clock.

Are they ready for them?

“That’s the one concern,” Burns said. “It is a good problem to have, but it’s one thing we do worry about.”

BGM starters generally have played only one half per game, though Burns said the coaching staff pushes those guys harder in practice to make sure they have the conditioning and toughness to be able to go a strong four quarters. If you want some eye-popping individual statistics, just look at leading rushers Jack Kline and Kyle Gritsch, who have 35 touchdowns between them and average 12.4 and 14.1 yards per carry, respectively.

On the positive side, blowouts are a good way to develop depth and stay away from injuries. It’s a significant better issue than when Burns first got to BGM in 2005.

The Bears did not field a varsity program the season before. Now it’s a playoff regular, including advancing to the Class A semifinals last season.

Burns said BGM has had only one previous team go undefeated in the regular season, sometime in the early 1960s, though he’s not certain of the exact year.

“I know the football from that year is in our trophy case,” he said. “The big key for us has been our offseason training, no doubt about it. We put the time and money into our weight-training facilities, and the kids have really bought into it.”

Quick Slants

- What happens when Class 2A’s top-ranked team plays 1A’s No. 9? A blowout Friday night. Waukon continued its impressive ways with a 52-0 shellacking of South Winneshiek at Calmar. South Winn came in averaging 48 points per game but was held to 149 total yards.

- A total of 39 teams from area districts and conferences have punched their tickets to the postseason, according to The Gazette’s Jeff Linder. In the Mississippi Valley Conference, that includes Iowa City High, Iowa City West, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids Xavier and Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

- Clayton Ridge’s Kohle Helle leads Class 1A in passing yardage with 1,532. He completed 12 of 19 for 232 yards in a 30-0 win Friday night over Tipton. Trey Roehlk caught six of Helle’s passes for 155 yards.

- Mason City’s Miguel Recinos kicked a 58-yard field goal in his team’s win over Des Moines Hoover. That’s the third longest in Iowa prep history, behind Ankeny’s Todd Sievers (63 yards) and Stanton’s Mike Kennon (62).

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