Just like that, B-A goes from close to rout
BELLWOOD – Tied 6-6 nearing halftime, Glendale had the ball deep in Bellwood-Antis territory, threatening to take the lead.
The tide turned quickly in the Blue Devils favor from that point on, however.
Glendale turned the ball over on downs, and Matt McMillan ripped off an 87-yard touchdown run right up the middle on the next play to give Bellwood the lead.
The Blue Devils scored two more touchdowns in the final minute of the second quarter for a 27-6 halftime lead, and went on to a 47-6 mercy-rule win over Glendale Friday at Memorial Stadium.
“The last couple weeks, it’s been that way for us. A big play one way or another, on offense or defense, has got us kick-started and been the catalyst,” Bellwood coach John Hayes said.
Following the McMillan run, the Vikings went 3-and-out. B-A needed just five plays to score again. Cameron Wood broke off a 35-yard touchdown run to the outside for the score with 49 seconds left in the first half.
Jon Rojas fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Tyson Miller recovered, giving Bellwood the ball at the Glendale 29. Two plays later, Devin Burr took a reverse 29 yards for a touchdown with 30 seconds remaining in the half.
Bellwood improves to 7-2. Glendale falls to 3-6.
“We played tough for a quarter and a half,” Glendale coach Gary Walstrom Jr. said. “It just snowballed from there. We made a mistake and got down ourselves. You can’t do that against a team like Bellwood that can score really quick.”
The second half started like the first ended with Bellwood scoring three more touchdowns in the first six minutes of the third quarter.
Wood scored on runs of 28 and 20 yards. The latter was set up by a Zach Taylor interception that the junior linebacker returned 28 yards to the Glendale 20.
Jake McCaulley recovered a Rojas fumble on Glendale’s next offensive play, and Wood caught a 16-yard TD pass from Jake Burch.
“The combination of big plays on offense and defense really hurt them,” Hayes said. “The blocking and running were outstanding. The line blocked well initially, and the backs did a good job running to daylight. The score reflects that.”
Wood finished with 169 yards on 12 carries, and McMillan ran for 113 yards on six carries as Bellwood rolled up 436 yards of total offense.
McMillan opened the scoring for Bellwood with a 1-yard touchdown run that capped an 11-play, 73-yard drive. Wood ran the ball four times for 38 yards on the drive, and Burr had a 19-yard on a fourth down reverse play.
Glendale answered with a 6-play, 60-yard drive. Rojas completed a pass into the flat to Justin Hommer for a 21-yard gain, then found Craig Hewitt open over the middle for a 19-yard touchdown.
Bellwood finishes out the regular season with a trip to Philipsburg-Osceola next Friday, leading up to the District 6 Class A playoffs. Glendale’s season ends next week with a home game against Marion Center.
“We can’t give up. We have to show a little heart, practice hard this week and see what we can do Friday,” Walstrom said.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Glendale6 0 0 0 – 6
Bellwood-Antis6 21 20 0 – 47
BA-McMillan 1 run (kick failed), 5:43.
G-Hewitt 19 pass from Rojas (kick failed), 2:05.
BA-McMillan 87 run (Miller from Burch), 3:11.
BA-Wood 35 run (Creppage kick), :49.
BA-Burr 29 run (kick failed), :30.
BA-Wood 28 run (Creppage kick), 10:26.
BA-Wood 20 run (Creppage kick), 8:28.
BA-Wood 16 pass from Burch (kick failed), 6:07.
RUSHING: Glendale-Rojas 10-34, Hommer 4-28, Hewitt 8-27, Braniff 4-9, Sacolic 2-4, Garcia 4-8. Bellwood-Antis-McMillan 6-113, Wood 12-169, Burch 5-4, Burr 2-48, Mock 2-19, Brunner 5-13, McCaulley 1-5, Beam 1-4, Kline 9-27, TEAM 1-(-1).
PASSING: Glendale-Rojas 3-6-1-57. Bellwood-Antis-Burch 3-8-0-24, Taneyhill 1-1-0-11.
RECEIVING: Glendale-Hommer 2-38, Hewitt 1-19. Bellwood-Antis-Zitterbart 1-5, Wood 2-19, Beam 1-11.