The importance of the point after touchdown was on display at the Belmond-Klemme season opener against district rival Lake Mills. The Broncos and the Bulldogs each scored four touchdowns in the Saturday afternoon contest at Faris Field. The difference in the score? Bronco Eduin Gonzalez successfully kicked four PATs while the Bulldogs could not convert any of their two-point conversions.
B-K took the opening kick-off and drove down the field for the first score of the afternoon. Tate Sander was the main force behind the drive, and he scored a 15-yard touchdown on the seventh play from scrimmage. The Broncos led 7-0 at the 9:25 mark.
The Broncos also scored on their second drive of the game. Sander and Juan Gomez teamed up to get the ball into Bulldog territory. Quarterback Jordan Meyer gained the nine yards to keep the drive alive, and then snuck the ball into the endzone from the two-yard line. The Broncos led 14-0 with 2:41 left in the first period.
The Broncos were not able to score in the second quarter as Gonzalez missed his first field goal attempt of the season.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard with just over five minutes left in the half. LM was knocking on the door again before the buzzer sounded, but were shut down when Carson Lane intercepted a pass in the endzone with only 18 seconds to go. The Broncos led 14-6 at the break.
However, it did not take long for the Bulldogs to get that second touchdown. Four plays after the kick-off, the Bulldogs crossed into the endzone. The score was 14-12 with less than two minutes gone in the third quarter.
The Broncos answered back quickly with Gomez carrying the ball for most of the drive. Sander carried the ball into the endzone for the third B-K touchdown.
After a stalled Bulldog drive, the Broncos started at their own 34-yard line. Five plays later, Clayton Pletsch caught his only pass of the game – a 60-yard touchdown from Meyer. The Broncos led 28-12 with three minutes left in the quarter.
But the Bulldogs were able to score on their second play from scrimmage, and the score was 28-18 as the quarter ended.
The Broncos had a fourth quarter touchdown by Meyer negated by a holding penalty, and the resulting field goal attempt once again went wide left of the goal post.
After the ball was turned over on downs by the Bulldogs, the Broncos fumbled away a good chance to score. An interception by Pletsch stopped a LM drive with minutes left in the game.
However, the Bulldogs did pick up one last TD with only 33 seconds left in the game. The Broncos came out on top 28-24.