Created on Monday, 22 October 2012 Written by MATT HAMMOND
NEW CARLISLE — Bellefontaine held Tecumseh in check for a quarter here Friday, but the Arrows did not stay bottled up for long.
Bellefontaine’s Josh Clifton, left, and Andrell Roberts take down Tecumseh’s Tyler Rowe during the second half of Friday’s game at Tecumseh. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)
After a scoreless first stanza, the hosts exploded for 28 second quarter points and went on to take a 35-6 win over the Chiefs in a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail division football game.
With the loss, Bellefontaine falls to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the CBC KT division. It was the Chiefs’ fifth straight loss.
The current Kenton Trail division leader, Tecumseh improves to 7-2, 4-0.
Bellefontaine’s defense got off to a good start, keeping a dangerous Tecumseh offense off the scoreboard in the opening 12 minutes.
“The kids came out ready to fight. There is no doubt about that,” said Bellefontaine head coach Chris Schmidt. “They wanted to come out and play hard, and that says a lot about them.”
However, Tecumseh took charge in the second quarter.
Christian Evans found the end zone on a 10-yard run just five seconds into the second period to put the Arrows up 7-0.
Quarterback Tony Evans broke several tackles on a 34-yard keeper for a second Tecumseh touchdown. That gave the home team a 14-0 advantage with 7:20 left until halftime.
It was Christian Evans’ turn again later in the second quarter as he ripped off a 30-yard TD run that put Tecumseh up 21-0.
Tecumseh’s defense set up another score just before halftime. The Arrows stopped Bellefontaine on downs at the Tecumseh 44-yard line with less than a minute left in the half.
A 53-yard pass to Chuck Buchanan got Tecumseh to the Bellefontaine 3-yard line. Christian Evans then rumbled into the end zone with just three ticks left on the clock to put the Arrows in front 28-0 at halftime.
“We didn’t do a very good job tackling in the second quarter and that compounded our problems,” said Schmidt.
Tecumseh scored its final touchdown of the night at the 7:36 mark of the third quarter on a 9-yard run by Buchanan.
Junior quarterback A.J. Gorham got Bellefontaine on the board with 4:29 left in the game as he broke free for a 54-yard touchdown run.
Tecumseh rolled up 377 rushing yards and had 454 total yards of offense. Christian Evans paced the Arrows on the ground with 159 yards on 18 carries.
Bellefontaine mustered only 176 total yards (136 rushing/40 passing).
“Overall, it just felt like we could not get anything to click offensively and defensively,” said Schmidt. “It felt like it was one thing here or one thing there on both sides of the ball. You certainly have to give Tecumseh a lot of credit for that, too.”
Jordan Baughman led Bellefontaine with 42 rushing yards on 12 carries. Gauge Hayman had 40 yards on two carries.
Bellefontaine will try to close out the season on a positive note with a win at Stebbins on Friday.
“This is our last week together as a group,” said Schmidt. “We have some guys that are going to be moving on, so this is it for this group. It is up to us to determine how this final week will turn out. Our kids have battled all year and I expect them to continue to do that.”
TECUMSEH 35, BELLEFONTAINE 6
Bellefontaine 0 0 0 6 – 6
Tecumseh 0 28 7 0 – 35
TEAM STATISTICS BFN TEC
First downs 4 18
Total net yards 176 454
Rushes/yards 23/136 55/377
Passing 40 77
Comp-att-int 5-13-0 3-6-0
Punts/avg 6/37.3 3/31.5
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 4-20 9-85