Homestead offense too much for Braves
INTO A BRICK WALLâ€”Bellmont back Chase Ellsworth (left) throws a solid block for quarterback Jacob Bergman on a keeper knocking the Spartan off his feet during the Bravesâ€™ touchdown drive in the first quarter. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
FORT WAYNE—The annual "David versus Goliath" match-up of the smallest and largest schools in the NHC concluded as predicted by the experts as Bellmont suffered their second loss of the season and first in conference to the mighty Homestead Spartans (ranked #11 in 5A) 42-7.
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There was a feel of "here we go" in the crowd when Homestead quarterback Matt Skowronek connected with receiver Isaac Griffith for a 68-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.
The #16 ranked Braves (3A), however, had other plans intending to play 48 minutes of hard-nosed football. On the next drive, Bellmont proceeded to march 80 yards down field during an eight minute drive that concluded with a 20-yard touchdown pass from receiver Josh Brune to fullback Trevor Love knotting the game at 7-7.
The trick play worked like a charm as quarterback Jacob Bergman unloaded a sweep to Brune moving to the right side. When Homestead swarmed to the ball, Brune let the pigskin fly into the waiting hands of a wide open Love.
Bellmont coach Larry Getts talked about what the play does for the team, "Teams will see that it's a weapon we have now and they'll be a little cautious about covering our run in the future."
After Bellmont kicked off, Homestead had their worst possession of the game. The first down was a fumbled snap that saw the Spartans lose nine yards. Play two was a screen pass that a Homestead player took his eyes off of before he had the ball. After an illegal shift and a short run later, Bellmont forced a punt on the three and out.
Before the crowd could get excited about a lead, Bellmont would return the favor by going three and out punting the ball back to the Spartans but for the first quarter at least, Homestead looked human.
Homestead would exploit the big play in the second quarter once again on the first play from scrimmage as running back Frank Martin found a hole on the right side and scampered virtually untouched for a 60-yard score putting the Spartans back on top for good.