Comets Run Over Bertha for 400 Yards of Offense
After falling behind 6-0 with seven minutes in the first quarter, Hillcrest responded with 28 unanswered points and a whole bunch of yards. "It took us a while to get on track," noted head Coach Charlie Brue, "Bertha-Hewitt came out strong and ready to play."
A one yard run by Holt Traux was the reward for a strong opening drive for the Bertha-Hewitt Bears. The biggest challenge Hillcrest faced this year, Friday nights game saw Bears running over Comets. Ethan Kimber ran 17 times for 132 yards, exposing holes in Hillcrest's second level on the night.
A few frequent slaps in the face woke the Comets from their slumber. Hillcrest answered the first quarter score with a pass from Sean McGuire to Chris Tungseth. The 15 yard TD, and Jordan Foss' extra point kick, gave the Comets the lead with one minute remaining in the first quarter.
Kyler Newman set to work in the second period, running the ball in from four yards out. McGuire used his legs minutes later with a rushing touchdown of his own, capping a 28 point response to the 6-0 deficit.
The second half opened with Hillcrest continuing the methodical dismantling of Bertha-Hewitt. Play calling and precision execution allowed Hillcrest to march up the field against a competent Bears squad. An 8 yard pass from McGuire to Colin Erickson gave Hillcrest the 34th point. Jordan Foss carried his consistent kicking ability to the field for the 35th point as Hillcrest continued their march.
Teams have failed to have an answer for the various attacks from Hillcrest, and the Bears were no different. Jordan Foss' kicking is one obstacle that many teams struggle against. The offensive line for Hillcrest digs in to protect the kicker who confidently has provided Hillcrest with points that put the team out of reach of opponents. Foss provided a 30 yard field goal with 6:28 in the game, giving Hillcrest a 38-6 lead, demoralizing the Bears and their fans on their home field.
As Hillcrest's reserves stepped on the field the Bears scored their second TD of the game, replete with a 2 point conversion. The reserves answered in the fourth quarter with a dazzling run by Sam Ihrke. The 62 yard tip-toe opened the fourth quarter and closed the scoring for Hillcrest.
The Comets racked-up 414 total yards of offense. McGuire split hairs for 196 yards passing, while Newman ran for 89 yards and two scores and Ihkre provided 78 yrds on 5 carries.