West Branch 20
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.
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
Locus Tennant 8-18 125 yds td, 2-int
Harrison Haynes 1-1 32yds
Trey Daugherty- 5-99 yds ,td
Jacob Waller 1-32yds
Hunter Clasen 3-26 yds
Hunter Clasen- 30-183 yds,
Harrison Haynes 1-8yds
Lucus Tennant 4, -15 yds
Trey Daugherty 1-85yds, td
Jacob Waller - 2-24 yds
Logan Manders 1-0yds.
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