KINDRED - The Bishop Ryan High School football team was able to keep Kindred junior quarterback Eric Bachmeier in check for all but a few plays in a 28-22 loss Friday at Kindred High School.
Tied 8-8 in the third, Bachmeier scored on a 75-yard kickoff return and sealed the game with a 50-yard touchdown run with just over a minute remaining.
"Their quarterback was extremely opportunistic," Ryan coach Brad Borkhuis said. "We contained him 90 percent of the game, but that 10 percent is what killed us. We did a good job containing him except for the big plays."
Bachmeier set up the game's first score when he blocked a punt inside the Ryan 10-yard line. A few plays later, he finished what he started and gave Kindred an 8-0 lead with a 13-yard rushing touchdown at 10:11 of the third quarter. Senior receiver Joseph Hess converted the two-point conversion.
Ryan (1-1 overall) dominated the game statistically. Junior quarterback Austin Eggl completed 18-of-26 passes for 160 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Eggl added 51 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
Trailing 28-13 late in the fourth quarter, Eggl hit junior receiver Brody Bosch for a 10-yard touchdown. Bosch caught the ensuing two-point conversion to cut the deficit to six with 45 seconds remaining.
Kindred (2-0) recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
Ryan's defense limited Kindred to 118 total yards and six first downs and forced two turnovers.
"Defensively, we played disciplined football," Borkhuis said. "We talk about discipline and intensity and our focus is to remain disciplined on the next play. The kids never gave up."
Ryan hosts Turtle Mountain at 6 p.m. on Sept. 8.
- Mike Kraft