In the second meeting of the season Oct. 16, Belmond-Klemme and Clarion-Goldfield-Dows had nearly the same result – B-K winning by at least 30 points. This time, the Broncos hosted county rival CGD in the first round of the newly minted playoffs where every team has a chance to advance, regardless of the regular season record.
While the Bronco offense got off to slow start – it was three-and-out on the first drive – the Bronco defense showed off its season-long specialty – the goal line stand on the first CGD drive.
The Cowboys were stymied on the B-K six-yard line after a steady march down the field.
The Broncos took over in the shadow of their own goalposts, but couldn’t advance more than 15 yards. A fumbled pitch on a third down was recovered by the Cowboys, and three plays later, CGD held a 6-0 lead with only seconds gone in the second quarter.
But the Broncos took over the game from that point. Clayton Pletsch returned the kick-off to midfield. Tate Sander ran for seven yards on the first play from scrimmage, followed by two runs by Jordan Meyer that set up the Broncos on the Cowboy nine-yard line. Sander did the rest of the work on the fourth play of the drive, running across the goal line. After a successful point-after kick by Eduin Gonzalez, the Broncos led 7-6 with 10:12 left in the period.
After an exchange of punts, the next Bronco touchdown came on a recovered fumble by Triston Yoder. He ran the ball eight yards into the endzone and B-K led 14-6 at the 5:15 mark.
But the Broncos were not done scoring in the first half. With just over a minute left, Sander scored on a 60-yard run on the first play of a drive. The Broncos led 21-6.
The Cowboys had one last chance to cut into the lead before halftime, but Sander intercepted the ball on a desperation pass, and time expired.
The Cowboys could not find any offense in their first drive of the new half. The punt ended up at the B-K 15, but a penalty resulted in a re-kick. This time, Max Beminio took the ball out to the CGD 40-yard line. Rushing by Pletsch, Beminio, Sander and Meyer pushed the ball to the CGD 15-yard line, and Meyer ran it into the endzone with 6:01 left in the third quarter. The Broncos were up 28-6.
The Cowboys’ next drive was interrupted with a pass interception by Brian Duran on the Bronco 18-yard line. Gomez, Meyer, Pletsch and Sander teamed up to advance the ball to the CGD six-yard line. The Broncos had to go only a few inches to convert the fourth down. Sander carried the ball into the endzone for the score. The Broncos led 35-6 with just over a minute gone in the final period.
The next Cowboy drive was also ended with an interception. This time Carson Lane picked off the ball at the CGD 39-yard line. Drew Humphries carried the ball on all the plays, scoring on his fifth carry. However, that score was negated by a Bronco penalty. But the sophomore was not to be denied – he took the ball 23 yards to score his first varsity touchdown. The Broncos were in control, 42-6, with nearly nine minutes left in the game.
A recovered fumble led to the final Cowboy score. The kicker missed the extra point again, the score was 42-12.