NEW CHICAGO | Brandywine came all the way down from Niles, Mich., then made a habit of moving all the way down the field, only to fumble inside River Forest's 5-yard line.
It happened three times. There was another fumble and an interception, too.
But the Bobcats didn't commit a penalty until garbage time and racked up 301 rushing yards en route to a 29-6 win over the Ingots on Thursday night.
"I'm not scared when a team gets it inside the red zone because that's what we preach, the turnover game and never giving up," River Forest coach Jeff Bean said. "We don't like it in the red zone, but when it gets there we toughen up."
The Bobcats (1-0) put the ball on the ground on all three drives in the first quarter. They made good on the fourth try, though, when Andrew Duckett hit Trent Moskwinski for a 15-yard touchdown strike.
Brandywine was marching again when Jordan Clopton picked off Duckett just before the close of the first quarter. River Forest (1-1) didn't score on the subsequent possession, but it was the first time the Ingots moved the ball with any consistency. They turned the ball over on downs at the Bobcats' 17.
"(Brandywine) has 22 juniors and seniors. That's a good squad," Bean said. "I think they wore us down a little bit with the numbers game."
R.F. got itself on the board late in the half when Brandon Laas hit an isolated Luis Cordero with a 24-yard pass down the left hash. Laas couldn't get the conversion run across the goal line and Brandywine held an 8-6 lead at the break.
Malachi Sala, a starting linebacker and receiver for the Ingots, suffered a possible concussion early in the second half.
"We had some injuries and that's something we just can't afford at our depth," Bean said. "Depth issues, compounded with we just got worn down a little bit, I think, were the key to the second half."
The Bobcats carved up the Ingots on their first drive in the third quarter. Duckett hit Moskwinski for a second time, this time for 18 yards, for the score that capped the possession.
Marty Ward did all but seal the win with a 25-yard touchdown run at the start of the fourth quarter that made it 22-6. Ward scored again on a 10-yard run with two minutes remaining.