SOMERSET - With the game hanging in the balance and Bedford trailing by one, Somerset forced a fumble and tacked on a late touchdown to seal the fate of the Bisons in a 35-27 old-fashioned Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference shootout.
"We did some things well on the offensive side," Bedford coach Kevin Steele said.
Bedford's defense put the first points on the board after a Dylan Barnes pass was intercepted for a 50-yard touchdown.
Somerset answered two series later when Tanner Stull dashed 67 yards to even things up at 7-7. It was Stull's first game back after breaking his arm.
"It was a nice return for Tanner tonight," Somerset coach Bob Landis said.
The Bisons were quick to regain the lead after a helmet-to-helmet penalty on the kickoff set Bedford up at the Somerset 34-yard line. Sophomore quarterback Austin Montgomery connected with receiver Travis Hickey for a 23-yard strike, giving Bedford a 14-7 lead after one quarter.
The Golden Eagles used two key third-and-15 conversions to notch things up at 14, when Barnes hit Bryce Mostoller for a 45-yard score.
Bedford came right back, as it did all night, and took a 20-14 lead when Montgomery kept the ball on a quarterback option and ran 43 yards to paydirt.
The Bisons' defense came up big again, this time as Somerset had first-and-goal on the Bedford 4-yard-line. Kody Blevins pounced on a loose ball to keep the lead at six. Bedford came up with another stop on fourth down, as Somerset was approaching the red zone, leaving the halftime score at 20-14.
On Somerset's first drive of the third quarter, Stull found the end zone for the second time, from 4 yards out, and the Golden Eagles had their first lead of the night, 21-20.
Bedford would not go away, though, as it showed resilience and determination throughout the entire game. Montgomery called his own number again and rumbled 9 yards to give the Bisons a 27-21 lead. Montgomery carried eight times for 86 yards to lead the way for Bedford.
On this evening, though, it was the Tanner Stull show, as Somerset used four first downs and a third score by Stull to give the Golden Eagles a 28-27 lead, one they would not relinquish. Stull finished with 187 yards rushing.
"Defensively, we tackled poorly, and this has been an issue for the past two weeks," Steele said.
It was Somerset's defense that was able to make the plays needed to win the game as it forced a fumble and a turnover on downs the final two Bedford drives.
"When it came time to make a stop, our defense came through," Landis said.
Bedford fell to 5-2 and will look to rebound next week against Central Cambria.
Score By Quarter
Bedford14 6 7 0 - 27
Somerset7 7 14 7 - 35
B-Blevins 50 interception return (Montgomery kick) 10:32
S-Stull 67 run (Hayward kick) 5:23
B-Hickey 23 pass from Montgomery (Montgomery kick) 1:46
S-Mostoller 48 pass from Barnes (Hayward kick) 9:32
B-Montgomery 43 run (kick failed) 7:55
S-Stull 4 run (Hayward kick) 7:29
B-Montgomery 9 run (Montgomery kick) 5:47
S-Stull 7 run (Hayward kick) 3:32
S-Barnes 18 run (Hayward kick) 5:14
RUSHING: Bedford Bingham 11-42, Cook 4-6, Blevins 4-17, Montgomery 8-86, TEAM 1-(-1). Somerset Faulkner 4-8, Stull 19-187, Beeman 3-7, Barnes 22-118, Boyer 2-(-1), Willkow 1-8, TEAM 1-(-1)
PASSING: Bedford Montgomery 5-11-0-44. Somerset Barnes 14-20-2-224
RECEIVING: Bedford Hickey 2-21, Cook 2-6, Shaffer 1-17
Somerset Mostoller 7-129, Berkebile 2-25, Beeman 3-26, Baker 1-42, Stull 1-2
INTERCEPTIONS: Bedford Blevins, Downs. Somerset none