The score was closer than the Brahmas faithful would have hope for on Homecoming night in East Bernard. But the Brahmas were able to pull out the 20-0 win over Rice Consolidated Friday at Memorial Field.
East Bernard led 7-0 with just under eight minutes into the first quarter behind a one-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Niklas Schatz.
Senior running back Andrew Dirba carried the majority of the rushing load against Rice Consolidated. Dirba extended the home lead to 14-0 with a 16-yard touchdown at the 4:42 mark in the third quarter.
East Bernard extended the lead to 20-0 in the fourth quarter to finish off the victory over the Raiders. Dirba scored his second touchdown on a 13-yard run nine seconds into the final frame.
Senior Grant Prazak converted all three extra points.
East Bernard held Rice to 223 yards of offense, including 210 rushing. The Brahmas had 245 yards of offense, including 205 rushing.
Junior Brahmas quarterback Dallas Novicke was 4-for-9 for 40 yards passing. He also ran 11 times or 68 yards. Senior running back Kaleb Marek averaged 5.2 yards per carry, recording five attempts for 26 yards.
Dirba led the team in carries (14) and rushing yards (103) Friday night.
Friday marks the Brahmas’ first shutout victory since Nov. 15 last season during the bi-district playoff against Sonora, a 42-0 win. The loss for Rice Consolidated is the first shutout since Oct. 11, 2019, when the Raiders lost 41-0 to Palacios.
East Bernard (5-1, 2-0) improves to 2-0 in District 14-3A DII play. The Brahmas will travel to Tidehaven next week.
Tidehaven beat Van Vleck 24-0 on Friday.