COLLEGEVILLE — Wade Steiery threw for a trio of touchdowns and led the Brainerd Lumberjacks to their first win of the season, 32-30, over the Granite City Renegades at St. John’s University in Midwest Premier Football League play Saturday.
Drew Seay scored on passes of 65 and 55 yards from Steiery in the opening stanza and Trevor Gross pulled in another throw of 24 yards for a touchdown in the second.
Cameron Halverson ran for a 4-yard score in the third and Eric Johnson tallied on a 2-yard fumble recovery in the fourth to round out the scoring.
The Lumberjacks were up by 11 with 1:30 to play when they intentionally gave up a safety and the Renegades scored on a long pass to set the final score.
“We gave up two long passes for touchdowns, but other than that our defense played well,” said Brainerd coach JJ Kern.
“We gave up a touchdown on a blocked punt and another muffed punt that they fell on in the end zone,” Kern added. “We need to correct our special teams. We can’t give up points like that.
“Wade (Steirey) played a heck of a game. He’s just a little guy (5-9, 170 pounds), but he plays big.”
Saturday’s game was the 1-3 Lumberjack’s first since losing 40-20 to the Twin City Rhinos on May 21. They have a bye next week before facing Granite City again June 18 at Harvey Shew Field in Brainerd.
“This (1-3 start) isn’t unusual for us,” said Kern. “We started 1-2 the first year and ended (7-3) and last year we started 1-3 and finished (7-5) and both years we won the league championship.
“I think we’ve hit our stride now. We’ve got a young and exciting quarterback and a more exciting style of football than we’ve had.”