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Axtell's Dominant Second Half Helps Them Beat Clifton-Clyde
By Jared Sleppy
Copyright: MSC Sports

The Axtell Eagles remained undefeated after soaring past the Clifton-Clyde Eagles 58-12. The game ended in a mercy rule 14 seconds into the fourth quarter.

The game wasn’t decisive the whole game, however. Clifton-Clyde kept it close for the first half, but Axtell’s defense turned it up a notch in the second half.

Axtell started the scoring with a ten-yard touchdown reception by junior Grady Buessing from senior quarterback Isaac Detweiler. After getting a stop on defense, the two connected again, this time from 18 yards out to quickly make it 14-0.

Clifton-Clyde’s offense was able to get its first points of the game with a 16-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Trent Long.

Axtell was able to keep it a two-score game with a 26-yard touchdown run from sophomore running back Brandon Schmelzle with 0:19 left in the first quarter.

Clifton-Clyde was able to keep up with Axtell as they got their second and final touchdown of the day with Long hooking up with junior tight end Drayden Reed to make it 20-12.

At this point, a switch just flipped, and Axtell took over for the rest of the game. Sophomore running back Eli Broxterman got the next touchdown, followed by four more from Schmelzle. Senior defensive end Owen Strathman imposed his will on the field all day and got a safety in the fourth quarter as well.

Schmelzle had 273 scrimmage yards and five touchdowns on the day. He is our Farmers State Bank “Player to Bank On” for week 3.

Detweiler ended up going 20-for-27 with 240 passing yards and four touchdowns. Buessing ended his day with seven receptions for 73 yards and two touchdowns.

Long finished his day going 9-for-19 with 58 passing yards and a touchdown. He also added 107 yards with his legs and a touchdown. Reed had four receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Axtell’s next game will be back home against Linn. Clifton-Clyde goes back on the road next Friday against Washington County.

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