Lynx rout Trojans, 58-12
WORTHINGTON -- Behind 193 yards and four touchdowns rushing from Michael Bellmore, the Brandon Valley Lynx defeated the Worthington Trojans 58-12 in a non-conference football match-up Friday night.
"I'm disappointed in myself, and I'm disappointed in the effort," Worthington head coach Dennis Hale said. "When you get beat that bad, it's a lot more than one side of the ball."
Offensively, the Lynx (4-1) had 387 total yards, with 243 of those yards coming on the ground.
"The offensive line blocked well, and Michael Bellmore ran really well," Brandon Valley head coach Chad Garrow said. "When we had to throw, both of our quarterbacks looked very good. Our senior quarterback came in and spelled our young sophomore, and he looked good too."
Sophomore Austin Sumner was 5-of-11 in the air for 83 yards with a touchdown, while senior Andrew Bauer was a perfect 4-for-4 for 61 yards and two touchdowns.
Worthington (1-3) started with the ball to open the game, but could only manage nine yards and was forced to punt.
The ensuing punt was partially blocked, giving BV the ball on the Worthington 20-yard line.
"The biggest thing was probably winning the toss," Garrow said. "We had the wind right away because we deferred to the second half and we were able to go three and out."
After a late hit penalty, Brett Daly punched it in from 10 yards out to give the Lynx the lead just two minutes into the game.
On the Trojan's next drive, they managed just three plays before throwing an interception, giving the Lynx the ball on the Trojan 33.
It took only three plays for BV to punch it in again, and after a failed PAT, the Lynx had a 13-0 lead just three minutes into the game.
The Trojan defense stopped the BV offense for the first time on their next drive, but that success would not last long. Bellmore found paydirt from 22 yards out to increase the lead to 19-0 with five minutes left in the first quarter.
Bellmore found the end zone from 22-yards out again on BV's next drive, giving the Lynx a 25-0 lead before the first quarter was over.
"They got off to the start they wanted," Hale said. "Basically the game was over, 25-0 after the first quarter."
The Lynx had the ball five times in the first quarter. Every possession started within the Trojan 35.
"They had their back to the wall right away and field position is huge, especially when you're an underdog," Garrow said. "You want to win field position when you're an underdog."
The Trojans were able to get on the board in the second quarter.
Adou Omot scored on a one-yard run to give Worthington its first points of the game.
However, BV answered with a 36-yard field goal to push the lead to 28-6.
After another BV touchdown, the Trojans answered again. Behind a 36-yard run from Omot, the Trojans worked the ball down the field.
Tim Roos put the finishing touches on a 77 yard drive to bring the score to 35-12.
"I didn't think we played well, especially in the second quarter," Garrow said. "I thought we were flat defensively. We're playing guys both ways so they kind of relaxed a little bit."
Sumner hooked up with Britt Wickett for a 20-yard pass right before halftime, giving the Lynx a 42-12 lead at half.
With the ball to start the third quarter, the Lynx and Bellmore wasted no time for another touchdown. Bellmore covered 78 yards on three attempts, including a 44 yard touchdown to push the lead to 49-12.
The Lynx added another touchdown and a field goal en route to the 58-12 victory.
"What do you say," Hale said. "58-12, I don't have any thoughts. Maybe I'll have thoughts after I watch the film."
For BV, special teams was an area that struggled.
"Overall I'm pretty pleased, I'm not very pleased with our special teams right now," Garrow said. "If we want to be a better team, we have to have special teams."
The Lynx will travel to Mitchell, S.D. next week, but it was a welcome change to play the Trojans.
"Our guys were looking forward to it because we get to play somebody different," Garrow said. "In some ways, it was a lot of fun for our kids."
Worthington was led by Mike Vorwald and Kyle Vaske through the air. Vorwald had 49 yards, while Vaske had 36 yards passing.
On the ground, Omot had 58 yards, while Vorwald had 36. The Trojans had just 248 yards offensively.
For Worthington, it will be back to the drawing board.
"I don't know (how we'll recover)," Hale said. "We're too close to the whipping right now."
The Trojans will travel to face Luverne in a Southwest Conference match-up.
"We have to play Friday, we have a game against a team ranked No. 2 in the state," Hale said. "Maybe they are as good as these guys, so it'll be a challenge.
"Athletics is about picking ourselves up off the ground and trying it again, and that's what we have to do," Hale added. "We certainly got knocked down tonight. We have to pick ourselves up and look ourselves in the mirror and say we can do better. We have to do better next week."
BV 25 17 10 6 -- 58
Worthington 0 12 0 0 -- 12