Bret Van Muyden recorded a game-high six catches from quarterback PJ Quiroga for 116 yards but the Briar Cliff University football team lost a close Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) game to Midland, 28-20, on Nov. 3 in Fremont, Neb.
Van Muyden, of Hawarden, is a West Sioux alum.
The Chargers had 392 yards of total offense while Midland managed 367 yards of offense. Quiroga was 20 of 36 passing for 311 yards. Bryce Harshman had four catches, two for touchdowns, and currently is only one score away from the BCU school single-season scoring record.
Midland attacked on the ground, led by Kene Martin with 31 carries for 169 yards and one touchdown. The Warriors had 288 total yards rushing. Mike Karls had 10 carries for 46 yards and one touchdown.
Karls struck in the first quarter for the Warriors from three yards out and Midland’s lead at halftime was 7-0.
Mitch Heikes of BCU found the end zone from seven yards out for a 7-7 tie. Three minutes later, Martin pushed one in for the Warriors from one yard out as Midland regained the lead at 14-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
Midland’s Mikal Coleman scored on a blocked Chargers’ punt and put the Warriors ahead 21-7. Two minutes later, Nick Carlson recorded a 44-yard punt return for a 28-7 Warriors’ lead.
Quiroga found Harshman open for a 19-yard touchdown pass for a 28-14 deficit. Quiroga connected with Harshman from two yards out as time expired for the final score.
The loss puts the Chargers’ record at 1-9 overall and 1-7 in league play. BCU concludes the regular season against GPAC champion Morningside, 10-0 overall record, 9-0 GPAC, which won the conference title outright with a 50-0 win over Concordia University on Nov. 3. The game is at BCU’s Memorial Field at 1 p.m. , Nov. 10 in the annual “Battle for The Saddle” game.