STURGIS – The Bobcats picked up their third consecutive win to open the season, defeating Sturgis 28-14 on Friday in Woodle Field.
Matt Girard ran for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Quarterback Tanner Shepardson opened the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run at the 6:41 mark of the second quarter. Payton Theodosopoulos converted the first of four successful PAT kicks to make it 7-0.
Girard set up a first-and-goal at the 5-yard-line with a 30-yard rush on Brookings’ next possession. He found the end zone from 4 yards with 3:39 before the half, pushing the margin to 14-0.
The Bobcats lost a fumble at the Scooper 7 on their first possession of the third quarter. However, they forced a punt and took over at the 33.
Parker Rykhus capped the short drive with a 3-yard TD run to put the visitors ahead 21-0.
Sturgis got on the board late in the third as Josh Fowler caught a 25-yard touchdown toss from Zach Shoun on fourth down. Brodie Eisenbraun’s kick cut the deficit to 21-7.
Girard later used a 34-yard run to move the ball to the 3-yard-line. He scored on the next play as Brookings grabbed a 28-7 cushion.
Sturgis’ Trevor Erlenbusch plunged to paydirt from a yard out with 5:52 showing on the clock. Eisenbraun’s boot provided for the final margin.
The Scoopers recovered an onside kick after that; however, back-to-back sacks halted the threat.
Carter Eidem did not play for the Bobcats.
Brookings (3-0) plays at Madison on Friday at 7 p.m. Sturgis (0-3) is host to Douglas.
BROOKINGS 28, STURGIS 14
Brookings 0 14 7 7 – 28
Sturgis 0 0 7 7 – 14
BHS – Tanner Shepardson 5 run (Payton Theodosopoulos kick), 6:41
BHS – Matt Girard 4 run (Theodosopoulos kick), 3:39
BHS – Parker Rykhus 3 run (Theodosopoulos kick)
S – Josh Fowler 25 pass from Zach Shoun (Brodie Eisenbraun kick), 1:37
BHS – Matt Girard 3 run (Theodosopoulos kick)
S – Trevor Erlenbusch 1 run (Eisenbraun kick), 5:52