The Badger run offense went the distance Friday against reigning conference champion Waterford Union High School.
In fact, the Badgers had six times the rushing distance of their opponent who they beat 28-6.
Badger put up over 300 rushing yards against Waterford while allowing just 57 in return — the latest in dominant ground performances.
In three games, Badger has gained an average of 268 rushing yards and allowed 111, bolstering the most productive rushing offense in the Southern Lakes Conference.
Badger has already rushed for 804 yards this season. The next closest conference opponent is Wilmot with 602.
Behind excellent blocking from the offensive line and with help from a stingy defense, Badger came out of its first conference game a physical and confident contender with a 2-1 overall record.
Fullback Andrew Allen ran for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Quarterback Collin Broderick hoofed it for 63 yards and a touchdown.
And halfback Matt Reynolds emerged with 74 yards on 10 impressive attempts.
“[Reynolds] was hurt the first week,” Badger coach Matt Hensler said. “Second week, he wasn’t really there yet. He came out big tonight.”
Reynolds ran tough. He barreled into the Waterford defense and established himself as a hard-nosed third weapon in an already powerful Badger backfield.
“He adds a whole different dimension to the game,” Hensler said.
The Badger’s final scoring drive was a quick, two-play series from the Waterford 29 yard line.
Broderick completed a 16-yard pass to Nick Hall, which set up a 13-yard touchdown run by Allen with 9:14 left in the game.
Badger sustained three scoring drives of more than 50 yards.
The first and longest came in the first quarter when Badger ran nine plays for 72 yards.
Allen found the end zone from the Waterford 26 behind solid down-field blocking.
Broderick converted the two-point attempt on a 3-yard keep.
Waterford’s only scoring drive came off short yardage in the beginning of the second quarter.
A strong kick off return by running back Jacob Bauer and a personal foul against the Badgers gave Waterford the ball on the Badger 35-yard line.
Waterford scored three plays later on a short touchdown run by Bauer, but failed to convert a two-point attempt.
Three drives later, Badger pushed back with an 11 play, 61-yard drive.
Broderick rushed 9 yards for a touchdown with one minute remaining in the half.
Donald Schnurrer’s extra point was good and Badger took a 15-6 lead to the locker room at halftime.
After a scoreless third, Badger found the end zone again on a 3-yard touchdown by running back Austin Borst with 10:28 left in the fourth quarter.
Despite being penalized for a whopping 109 yards, Badger never lost control of the game and held on to the ball for more than 31 minutes.
That time was dominated by running plays — 53 in all.
Hensler also called 10 passing plays, many targeting receivers 10 or more yards downfield.
Broderick completed four throws for 51 yards.
That was a big change from just four attempts and two completions for 13 yards against Mukwonago last week.
“We take what they give us,” Hensler said. “We saw the opportunity [to pass] on film so we tried to take advantage of that.”
Badger also took advantage of Waterford on defense, wearing down a shaky offensive line.
Linebacker Nick Vollbrecht had a disruptive presence on the field and consistently found himself in the backfield applying pressure and stopping runs.
When he wasn’t sealing blocks on offense 6-foot-4, 273 lb. lineman Josh Doyle was busting up runs for losses on the other side of the ball.
“The defense played fantastic today,” Hensler said. “ Very aggressive play.”
Through three games, Badger holds the highest point and yard differentials in the conference, scoring on average 11.4 more points and gaining 120 more total yards than opponents.
Second in both categories is undefeated Burlington High School, averaging 7.7 more points and 61 more yards than opponents after three games.
Burlington’s tight defense, which has allowed only 7.3 points and 77.3 rushing yards per game, will be Badger’s next opponent.
The two teams will face off in Lake Geneva this Friday at 7 p.m.