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September 10, 2013 | 12:41 PMEVANSVILLE — Big Foot used a punishing ground game to defeat Evansville-Albany 35-0 Friday night.
The Chiefs rumbled for 327 yards on 57 attempts led by running back Tim Long, who fell two yards short of the 200 yard mark enroute to two TDs and a 7.9 yard average. That put him at 437 yards for the year including a team high seven rushing TDs
Brandon Hausner added 82 yards on 17 attempts.
Quinn Dixon gained 43 yards on 8 attempts and a TD. He also added two catches.
Quarterback Brett Morris drew first blood with a three-yard TD run with only a few minutes off the clock. Morris ended up hitting 6 of 12 passes for 44 yards. For the year, he's connected on 31 of 51, a steller 60.8 percent.
The Chiefs scored again on a 2-yard run by Long.
Morris then connected with Long for a 2-yard TD to give the Chiefs a 21-0 halftime lead.
The Chiefs added another third-quarter score when Hausner ran in from the 3.
A final score came when Dixon ran in from 7 yards in the fourth. After Dixon's score, the game went to a running clock.
Gus Wedig, Long, Daniel Pearce and Anthony Williams each had one reception.
As usual, Wedig led the way on defense with 10 tackles, Long and Collin Frederick had seven each. Two of Long's tackles went for a loss and Frederick's added another backfield tackle.
Jacob Waro chipped in six tackles and Hausner five.
Dixon, Hausner and Chandler Hehr all had interceptions. Hausner's pick went for 35 and Hehr's pretty much put the game on ice.
Frederick contributed two sacks and Long chipped in with one.
Big Foot hosts Parkview in the conference opener at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Chiefs, who are ranked first among Division 4 teams in the state in the coach's poll, are seeking their seventh straight league title.
Right now, the Chiefs are tied with Palmyra-Eagle for the Rock Valley South lead at 1-0, and they're the only team with a perfect overall record.
Parkview lost to McFarland last week, 45-22 and are now 0-3 overall.
Parkview relies heavily on the run, hitting on only 8 of 19 passes for the season, while running for 588 yards and a 5.9 yard average. They also give up a lot on the ground — 971 yards this year, an 8.4 yards a carry average. They've given up 13 rushing TDs.
Parkview has been outscored 118 to 49, with almost half that damage coming in the first quarter.