The Howard Tigers held on for a 30-20 win over the Bridgewater-Emery-Ethan Seahawks in a battle of rated teams on Friday night at Howard.
Howard grabbed an 8-0 lead in the opening period. Luke Loudenburg scored on a three-yard run and added the two-point conversion to give the Tigers the lead with 2:33 left in the first quarter.
Neither team scored until the third period. Loudenburg fielded a Seahawks punt and was able to get outside and down the sideline for a 74-yard punt return for a score with 9:49 left in the period. Jordan Khule added the two-point conversion and the Tigers enjoyed a 16-0 lead.
The Seahawks put together a nice 67-yard scoring drive on their next possession. Wade Miller capped off the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run with 8:05 left in the third period. The conversion failed and Howard held a 16-6 advantage.
Loudenburg capped off another scoring drive for the Tigers with 2:46 left in the third period. He scored on a 14-yard run and Kuhle added the two-point conversion as the Tigers held a 24-6 lead.
Loudenburg scored his fourth touchdown of the game with 6:51 left in the game on a two-yard plunge to put the Tigers up 30-6.
BEE scored two late touchdowns. Jordan Grosdidier scored on runs of 37 and seven yards. The Seahawks added a two-point conversion when Blake Bartscher hooked up with JD Shape.
"I was very pleased with how we played," said Howard Coach Pat Ruml. "I thought we could have handled the last six minutes of the game a little better, but BEE is a very good team. They had a little momentum going into the final three or four minutes, but we were able to regroup and finish the game."
Loudenburg had 223 yards rushing on 34 attempts while Isaiah Glanzer had 96 yards on seven attempts. Gunner Gilbertson was 4-of-7 passing for 46 yards for the Tigers.
"Luke had an outstanding game again, but our offensive line really did a great job," Ruml said. "They improved so much from game one to game two."
Wade Miller had 100 yards on 16 attempts for the Seahawks. Bartscher was 7-of-14 passing for 117 yards.
Nick Pardy had 12 tackles for the Tigers. Kaleb Haas, Kuhle and Bailey Nieses each had nine tackles.
Ethan Riggs had 15 tackles for the Seahawks.
"Obviously injuries will be a factor for us all year with the lack of depth, and we have a few of them right now. Our backups will just have to step in and do the job," Ruml said.
Howard (2-0) will go to Mt. Vernon-Plankinton on Friday night; kickoff is set for 7 p.m.