Brown Deer races past Mariners in 42-7 Woodland rout, Rockets are next
Baun rushes for 322 yards
Is Zack Baun a quarterback who can run or running back who can throw?
It doesn't matter for Brown Deer football coach Rob Green, as long as the tall, strong junior transfer keeps doing what he's been doing for the Falcons during their surprising 3-0 start.
Such as the — what has to be a school record but no one can confirm it— 322 yards rushing on just 10 carries and three touchdown effort Baun turned in during the Falcons' 42-7 Woodland Conference rout of St. Francis on Friday.
"He's very fast for a kid his size (6-3, 192) and he cuts very well," said Green, who said that school records are a little spotty and so he isn't sure if Baun's effort is a school record that is above and beyond what recent Falcons greats like Chris Smith or Andre Reneau have achieved. "He beats people to the spot, hits the opening and it's off to the races.
"He really has our offense rolling."
And Green would like to keep it that way, as the Falcons face their toughest test so far when they visit Woodland Conference Eastern Division favorite South Milwaukee (3-0) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Rockets build around the experience of 27 seniors, most of whom lettered for a team that edged the Falcons in a thriller.
"This game is one of our missions for the year," Green said. "We're still a young team but this will help us find out where the program is. We still need some respect and we'd like to get it with this one.
"The kids are excited to play in a game like this."
O-line is solid
And they should be as many facets of the Brown Deer game have come together quickly in what is a rebuilding year. And though he is excited about Baun, Green wants everybody to know in great detail how well the offensive line has been playing in front of him.
They were one of the few fairly experienced groups that Green and his staff had coming back this season and from left to right they include senior Greg Okray (tackle), senior Randy Gregory (guard), junior Austin Schwark (center), sophomore Brendon Semo (guard) and sophomore Erik Hubbell (tackle).
Subtle these guys are not, as Semo is the biggest at 275 pounds while Schwark and Hubbell are the smallest at 221 each.
"Coach Nick Becker has done an exceptional job with this group," Green said. "They're communicating well and opening holes and the creases our backs are finding are big."
That helped Baun go 78 yards for his first touchdown in the second quarter, aided him in his second quarter one-yard sneak and pulled him along for an 81-yard TD dash toward the end of the game.
Other offensive highlights included Baun tossing a 13-yard TD pass to Nick Coleman in the second quarter and a 16-yard jaunt for score by David Hubbard, also in the second.
"Our other backs are also running hard and that is making life easier for Zach (Baun)," Green said. Baun leads the area with 637 yards rushing and 10 TDs in just three games.
The defense accounted for the first score against St. Francis as Kennedy McGuigan tipped a first quarter pass into the arms of teammate Jerry McDaniel and he raced in from 24-yards out for the score.
All told, the Falcons rushed for 429 yards as Hubbard added 56 yards on five carries and Coleman 41 on six tries. Brown Deer as a team averaged 15.9 yards a rush on 27 efforts.
"We've still got to work on our passing game (Baun was only two of five in the air on the night)," Green said. "I think that's the fewest times we've thrown in a decade."
Not that he's complaining mind you.
"The kids are really buying into the system," Green said. "The cohesiveness is excellent. They are really fighting for each other."
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