Braves stun Homestead, 14-13; PAT in OT game-winner
THROUGH THE SEAMSâ€”Bellmont running back Trevor Love (left) uses the blocking of his line with Paul Sanderson (#51) and Zack Macklin (#45) to get through the defense of against Norwell last week. Love scored both Bellmont touchdowns in the Homestead thriller. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
It all happened in 1995.
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OJ Simpson was found innocent, the Oklahoma City bombing devastated the country, and the DVD was announced.
What local Adams County buffs may remember to be just as significant, however, was the last time that Bellmont defeated Homestead on the gridiron.
On a rainy, slippery field at Worthman Stadium, the Bellmont Braves pulled out an unlikely upset of the juggernaut Homestead Spartans in overtime, 14-13, a feat that had not occurred in 17 years of football.
"I'm speechless," summed up senior Dalton Schultz. "That was a great game on all parts. We all stepped up and did a great job."
With the game tied up at 7-7 and headed into an extra session, Homestead lost the coin flip and went first on their overtime attempt from the 10-yard line as each team was given four downs to try and score.
The Spartans managed to get an 8-yard run from QB Logan Ormsby on the second play from scrimmage giving Homestead their only lead of the game. Homestead's extra point kick was wide to the right, however, leaving the door open for Bellmont.
The Braves wasted no time at all as Trevor Love blasted through the pocket on Bellmont's opening play from the 10-yard line and went nearly untouched to the house tying the game up at 13-13.
The point after attempt was stalled by a Homestead timeout attempting to ice the kicker, but after the break the crowd was silent on the Bellmont side as Chase Ellsworth put the kick of his career through the uprights for the Braves' victory.
"I was nervous but I had faith in him (Ellsworth)," Schultz explained. "We knew he would get it. This is a huge win for us and it proved we could play with the best."
Bellmont defensive coordinator Marty Ballard spoke of the win afterwards, "Both sides of the football did well. It starts with the scout team. They gave us a heckuva look all week long and our defense just manned up and got it done."
Bellmont forced a Homestead punt to start the game, then took their opening drive down the field using the run and a lot of different shifting line looks to keep Homestead off guard. The Braves converted a fourth and one on the drive before putting eight straight plays for positive yards ending in a one-yard drum up the middle for Love putting Bellmont up 7-0.