Prep football: Gwinn crushed at home by Bark River-Harris

GWINN – There wasn’t a lot Gwinn High School football coach Darren Sinnaeve could say after his Modeltowners lost a stunning 34-6 non-conference decision to previously winless Bark River-Harris on Friday night.

“It’s the worst defeat I’ve ever had in 29 years of coaching football as far as disappointment goes,” he said.

“Having a team with the potential to do well playing at home against a team that has been struggling … to play that poorly is really disappointing.”

The Broncos (1-3) manhandled the Modeltowners in nearly every phase of the game. BR-H gained 374 yards of offense – 342 on the ground – to just 123 for Gwinn (2-2).

“We got beat by the better team tonight,” Sinnaeve said. “They just dominated the line of scrimmage. They were hungrier and we missed some blocking assignments.

“They were more aggressive than we were and are better than a (1-3) team.”

Running back Brian Latta powered BR-H with 102 yards in 19 carries, including touchdown runs of seven and 22 yards.

“We played to our potential,” BR-H head coach Al Stenberg said. “I’ve been preaching all season we’re a better team than our record.

“We executed well and the level of play on our lines was better. That was the difference in the game.”

The Broncos held a 6-0 halftime lead with Latta’s first score, that coming after a drive that consumed the first 6:38 of play.

Gwinn, meanwhile, got off the wrong foot right away, being called for two illegal procedure penalties on its first two plays from the line of scrimmage.

In all, the Modeltowners were tagged with 10 penalties – four on their opening possession – for 70 yards on the night.

“That was bad,” Sinnaeve lamented. “We were pathetic early.”

The play that may have broken the Modeltowners’ back came at the 7:12 mark of the third quarter. BR-H quarterback Jorden Sodergren broke several tackles on a sneak to go 61 yards for a score and a 14-0 Broncos’ lead.

“We’ve been lacking big plays,” Stenberg said. “We’ve been able to move that ball, but haven’t had that big play at the right time to spark the emotion you need to win football games.

“Emotionally, this is a huge improvement over our first three games. The boys have turned the corner in believing in themselves.”

The Broncos turned it on in the final quarter. They scored three times, two on a 28-yard run by Alex Mathias and a 22-yard burst by Latta.

Gwinn’s lone highlight on Parents’ Night came with 57 seconds left in the game. Ringo McPherson ran back a kickoff 85 yards for a TD.

Fullback Owen DeVooght led Gwinn offensively with 79 yards on 17 carries.