BRADY — Lane Edis ran for four scores and Mullen rolled to a 78-18 opening-night win over Brady on Friday.
The last time Mullen stepped on the field at Brady, the Eagles won a wild 74-58 game on Oct. 16, 2015, and the opening-night win this time around give the Broncos some momentum, head coach Mitch Pfeiffer said.
"Things didn’t go so well down here last year, so it was good to come back and get a win," he said.
Mullen quarterback Lance Moore opened the scoring with a six-yard keeper around the left edge less than two minutes into the game, setting the pace for the Broncos.
Brady answered that with a 32-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Colton Lovitt to wide receiver Radley Shaw, who got open behind the defense on a 4th and 17 to pull the Eagles within 2 at 8-6.
From there, Mullen took control, scoring on their next three drives — on runs of 45 and 2 by Daniel Young and Edis’ first touchdown of the game, a 33-yarder — to take a 30-6 lead after the first quarter.
"We were able to just control the line of scrimmmage, which really helps your running game," Pfeiffer said. "That’s always a nice thing to see in the first game of the season. We got off the ball and got after it."
Shaw caught his second touchdown of the game — a 23-yard pass from Lovitt — with 10:38 to play in the second quarter. However, Edis scored on runs of 33 and 61 in the next four minutes opening up a 44-12 lead for the Broncos.
"I think we had seven kids that have never played before. The shock of it all shows on the scoreboard," Brady head coach Andy Seamann said. "We’ve got to learn form it, get better, watch film, learn what we did wrong and go from there."
Edis would score again on a five-yard run in the third quarter to extend Mullen’s lead to 72-18. Ty Kvanvig and Teven Marshall also got into the endzone for the Broncos.
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"Just like always, there’s plenty of room for improvement. We had some breakdowns at times, but we’re always able to fix some things and get them corrected."
Neiman scored Brady’s other touchdown of the night on a 75-yard kickoff return.
The Eagles have a chance to bounce back on the road Friday at Eustis-Farnam.
"We’ve got to learn from [the loss]," Seamann said. "This is the worst loss I’ve had [as a head coach]. Either they learn from it, or they let it defeat them."
Mullen (1-0) 30 34 8 6 — 78
Brady (0-1) 6 12 0 0 — 18
M: Lance Moore 6 yard run (Lane Edis run).
B: Radley Shaw 32 yard pass from Colton Lovitt (kick no good).
M: Daniel Young 45 run (Moore run).
M: Lane Edis 33 run (no good).
M: Young 2 run (Brode McIntosh run).
B: Shaw 23 yard pass from Lovitt (no good).
M: Edis 33 run (Justin Wiens run).
M: Edis 61 run (no good).
M: Young 7 run (no good).
B: Matt Neiman 75 yard kickoff return (no good).
M: Moore 57 yard run (no good).
M: Ty Kvanvig 25 run (good).
M: Edis 5 run (Brandon Peters run).
M: Teven Marshall 3 run (no good).
Correction: An earlier version of this story had the wrong outcome in the headline.