When asked what his 100th career victory meant to him, Union coach Cale Piland paused before replying “a lotta great years, great coaches, and great kids.”
Brandon Brody-Heim scored five touchdowns as Union beat Evergreen 43-3 Friday at McKenzie Stadium.
Ironically, the team Union defeated on Friday night was the first to bring Piland into coaching Southwest Washington football, as Evergreen hired him back in 2000.
By “great kids”, he probably included Brody-Heim in that group. The senior running back pounded Evergreen for 114 carries on 16 yards.
Union jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on the strength of Brody-Heim’s first two touchdowns, the first a 37-yard romp with 7:24 left in the quarter and the second — a 3-yard run.
Evergreen threatened in the first quarter by driving to Union’s 48 yard line, but Union’s Gage Rego ended the threat by intercepting a pass with 2:39 left.
Evergreen then opened the scoring in the 2nd quarter on a Timur Zhividze field goal at the 9:11 mark to make the score Union 14-3.
But Brody-Heim all but put the game away with his 3rd and 4th scores, the first a 17-yard run and an 11-yard run with 2:47 left in the half to put Union up 28-3 at the half.
Brody-Heim finished his scoring spree by providing the only points in the third quarter, a 13-yard run. For good measure, Brody-Heim also ran in the two-point conversion, putting Union up 36-3.
That also finished the evening for Brody-Heim, as Union emptied its bench in the fourth quarter.
Even with Brody-Heim and many of Union’s starters resting on the bench, Union provided the final score of the game on a 9-yard TD pass from Kaben Humphrey-Butler to Gabe Rego.
Evergreen was held to 53 yards of total offense and four first downs. The Plainsmen didn’t help their cause with eight penalties for 73 yards.
When asked what his team needed to do to defeat Skyview next Friday, Piland replied that his team needed to “play the best game we’ve played all year”, and paid great respect to Skyview, calling the Storm an “excellent, well-coached team that doesn’t beat itself.”
Next up: Union at Skyview; Evergreen vs. Heritage
UNION 43, EVERGREEN 3
Evergreen 0 3 0 0— 3
Union 14 14 8 7—43
U — Brandon Brody-Heim 37 run (Trent Cowan kick)
U — Brody-Heim 3 run (Cowan kick)
E — Timur Zhividze 23 FG
U — Brody-Heim 17 run (Cowan kick)
U — Brody-Heim 11 run (Mitch Wheelon kick)
U — Brody-Heim 13 run (Brody-Heim run)
U — Gabe Rego 9 pass from Kaben Humphrey-Butler (Wheelon kick)
Rushing — Evergreen — Jared Tellis 13-28, Justin Straup 5-5, Jamaree Jones 4-2, Romon Ortiz 2-0, Eaton 2-(-16); Union — Brody-Heim 16-114, Humphrey-Butler 6-89, Cory Buendicho 3-60, A.J. Anderson 4-10, Jon Reynolds 5-2, Brendin Quinn 1-2, Taala Letioa 2-1.
Passing — Evergreen — Eaton 6-12-2-34; Union — Humphrey-Butler 4-11-0-73.
Receiving — Evergreen — Atem Konkin 3-26, Javier Hernandez 2-10, Jones 1-(-2); Union — Tanner Nelson 1-27, Anderson 1-20, Brody-Heim 1-17, Gabe Rego 1-9.