Homecoming Victory

Bellevue 28

 West Branch 20

At Bellevue:

  A battle between the two best teams in  Class 1A District #4 goes to Bellevue.  

The 5th rated Comets fought back from a 13-0 deficit to post a 28-20 Homecoming win over the top-rated Bears unseating the Bears as the team to beat in District IV. Bellevue  finished second last year to West Branch  in district play, this year if  they  win out they will be the champions. Last year’s game was also a terrific contest with the Bears winning 45-41.

 Games remaining  for the  unbeaten Comets,  (favored in all four)  in district  play are at Beckman, at North Cedar, home to Northeast and at Cascade,

  Despite the loss  West Branch, a very good team,   will most likely meet  each other again.Both will make the  play-offs with their solid play, and  first round victories will set up   a rematch.  

  The Bears fumbled to start the first series, the Comets recovered and missed  on a 4th down field goal.

  The Bears took over and marched down the field to score with 2:57 left in the quarter. Defense played a big part of the first half.  Late in the 2nd quarter the Bears and their crafty quarterback Beau Cromwell  hooked up with Brady Lukavsky for a big pass & run play.It went for a 39 yd touchdown, the PAT failed, it was 13-0  with 1:14 left until halftime.

   Down 13-0  the Comets  needed a spark or big play. That came when senior Trey Daugherty fielded a squib kick-off , picked up a couple great blocks and weaved  up the near sideline 85 yards for a touchdown, the PAT kick failed and it was 13-6 at the half.

 The momentum with the  Comets they  came out tied the game at the  9:00 minute mark with  quarterback Lucas Tennant hitting Daugherty ( on 4th & 30), down the middle for 45 yd touchdown pass. Ty Kloser’s PAT tied it 13-13.

 As good team’s do, the Bear’s answered with a long  drive of 75 yds to regain the lead 20-13.

   With Tennant on target and Clasen running hard the Comets marched down the field in eight plays capped off on a  4-yd run by Clasen.  The Comets caught a break on the extra point try,  a penalty on the Bears  moved the ball to the one-yard line, they went for the two-point conversion and Clasen ran it in for a 21-20 Comet lead (first of the game).

   The defense playing  well the  Comet offense  burned clock keeping the ball away from the Bear’s potent attack.    

  The   Bears  had just two possessions in the 4th quarter they both  ended in turnovers, both interceptions the last by Jacob Waller with 39-seconds to play that sealed the victory.

  Down 21-20 and in need  of a score, the clock running down  the Bears  let Clasen run free for  a 35-yd touchdown run. They just neededto pick up a 1st down.  If he  would have stopped short the Comets would have  run the clock out and had a 21-20 victory.

 This gave the Bears another offensive possession with 1:39 to play down one score 28-20.

   They drove down the field  and on 4th and 30,  Waller stepped in front of a Bear receiver made the pick to end it 28-20.

Team Stats

Scorin g by quarter

Bellevue  0 6  15 7 -28

West Branch   7 6 7 0 -20

 Bellevue       West Branch

17     1st downs    19

26:05     time poss     21:55

317yds  total off     331yds

54   no of plays     62

157   passing yds    212

9-19   Comp-atts  19-30

35-160  rushes yds 32-119 8-50    pen -yds     8-60

1-1    fum lost   1-1

2-4       punts yds      3-47

Individual stats

Passing-

Locus Tennant 8-18 125 yds td, 2-int

Harrison Haynes 1-1 32yds

 Receiving-

 Trey Daugherty- 5-99 yds ,td

 Jacob Waller 1-32yds

Hunter Clasen 3-26 yds

 Rushing-

Hunter Clasen- 30-183 yds,

2-td

 Harrison Haynes 1-8yds

 Lucus Tennant 4, -15 yds

Kick-off returns-

 Trey Daugherty 1-85yds, td

 Jacob Waller - 2-24 yds  

 Logan Manders 1-0yds.

Defensive stats

Tackles

Hunter Clasen - 7, 4-solo, sack, 2-TFL, INT

Trey Daugherty 6,  5-solo

Max Jackson- 6,  4-solo

Junior Tennant 5, 2-solo

Ben Parker 5, 2-solo

Jacob Waller 4, 3-solo , INT

Trevor Hager 4, 2-solo,sack, TFL

 Brandon Kafer 3, solo

 Riley Konrardy 3, solo

Lucas Tennant 1, solo  Lucas Knief 2

 Conrad Ernst 1