FORT WAYNE— The new-look Squaws had a tall order to take on in their season opener on Tuesday night as they started the coach Andy Heim era with a tough 53-22 loss at the hands of the Concordia Lady Cadets.
The Squaws managed only five points in the first half (two in the first quarter), putting themselves in a big 28-5 hole at the half that was just too much to handle for the new Bellmont squad.
The Bellmont Braves managed to get six of their players onto the Northeast Hoosier Conference list this week as they head into their second regional match ever on Friday against West Lafayette.
Seniors Brian Hakes, Ben Baker, and Isaac Birch all were honored for their position on the first team, while Cody Walters, Lance Shifferly, and junior Jake Brown were named to the second team for the conference.
"This was something else. I don't know what to say," said Bellmont's standout runningback Cody Walters minutes after the Braves won just their second sectional football championship ever, 21-20 in overtime at Western High School Friday night.
"The whole game was hard-hitting, but we never stopped, never gave in, and we got it done," said determined senior linebacker Dewey Melcher.
Without solid line play on both sides of the ball, football teams seldom are successful.
In Bellmont's outstanding 22-7 sectional win over Yorktown last Friday, Ben, as usual, played on both offense and defense.
Offensively, Baker and Co. opened up holes that allowed BHS backs to gain 235 rushing yards while on defense, Baker was hounding the Tigers all night with seven and a half tackles, three and a half of which were tackles for loss of yardage. He also had one and a half sacks.
BY JIM HOPKINS
It's championship Friday for Adams County high school football!
Ain't it grand!
"Hopefully, all three teams will play well and win. That would be a first. That would be crazy," stated Adams Central football coach Michael Mosser, whose Jets will be seeking a 17th sectional crown for the tradition rich Class A school tonight when North Miami comes to Central's field.
While Bellmont was still basking in a little playoff glory on Wednesday, coming off that impressive sectional semi-final win over Yorktown, the squad was turning its eyes on 9-2 Western, Friday's sectional championship game foe.
The game will be played at 7 p.m. at Russiaville (near Kokomo). It will be Bellmont's fourth sectional championship contest over the past five seasons.
With a Class A sectional championship and a winning season on the line, the Adams Central Flying Jets will seek on Friday to do what they have not done all year: beat a winning team.
The 6-5 Jets have recorded all their victories against schools with losing records: Union County, Blackford, Bluffton, Woodlan, Triton, and Fremont as they look to take down the favored North Miami squad.
South Adams is in the sectional finals this year marking their second appearance in a row. This year's group of Berne boys feels different than last year's version. They seem like they belong there this time.Take away the 0-5 start last season and you've got a South Adams football program that's won 16 of their last 18 games.
So what's different? Well those 19 juniors from last season's turnaround effort are now seasoned seniors salivating for redemption in the finals of sectionals.
Bellmont Athletics will be pre-selling tickets to the 3A Sectional 19 championship football game between the Braves and the Western Panthers.
The game will be played on Friday, November 4th at 7 p.m. at Western High School.
The Bellmont High School boys soccer team will be holding their annual banquet in the Bellmont cafeteria tomorrow at 7 p.m.
The freshman players are asked to bring pop and the sophomore players are to bring desserts for the dinner. The coaching staff will have the rest of the dinner catered.
All players and their family members are invited for the dinner and a small awards show.
For information, call head coach Bill Meyer at 223-1908.