Friday’s football game at Clarion could hardly have started worse for the Belmond-Klemme Broncos.
A penalty on the kick-off gave B-K the ball on their own 35-yard line. However, the Broncos declined the penalty and asked for a do-over on the kick. But the ball was only carried out to the 31-yard line. Three plays later, the Broncos were punting. The punt was blocked by a Cowboy and returned for a touchdown. B-K trailed 7-0 with only two minutes gone in the game.
Fortunately, the Broncos were able to right the ship on the next series. Juan Gomez dodged and weaved his way through the kick-off defense, downing the ball at the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 38-yard line. Five plays later, Tate Sander walked into the endzone standing up. The game was tied 7-7 at 7:23 left in the first quarter.
Sander scored for the second time in the period after a six-play drive from the B-K 25-yard line. The Broncos led 14-7 with 3:42 left.
After another three-and-out by the Cowboys, the Broncos were set up at mid-field. Clayton Pletsch’s runs left the Broncos on the Cowboy 24-yard line as time expired in the first quarter. Three plays later, quarterback Jordan Meyer pushed his way into the endzone. A penalty on the point-after kick forced a second try by Eduin Gonzalez, and he had no trouble with the re-kick. The Broncos led 21-7 at the 10:56 mark.
The defense stopped the Cowboys after three plays, and Pletsch returned the punt into CGD territory. On the first play of the drive, Sander threw a halfback pass to Carson Lane for a 43-yard touchdown. The Broncos led 28-7 with 9:13 left in the half.
The defense again stymied the Cowboys, and the Broncos started another drive from deep in CGD territory. An apparent touchdown was negated by a flurry of flags thrown on the play in the endzone. A facemask penalty on the Cowboys was nullified by three personal fouls on the Broncos, and B-K was left with a third and goal on the CGD 34-yard line. After two attempts to score, the Broncos turned over the ball on downs.
After the halftime festivities, the Cowboys were putting together a drive. It came to a screeching halt by Caydon Christensen’s interception. The big man rumbled 15 yards to the CGD 45-yard line, accompanied by the screaming cheers of the B-K fans who filled the visitors stands.
Three plays later, it looked as though Sander had scored his second rushing touchdown of the game, but the officials ruled him out of bounds at the 24. But the junior had the crowd back on its feet as he scored on the next play. With the crowd chanting “Eduin, Eduin,” Gonzalez booted his fifth successful extra point to make the score 35-7.
On the second play of the Cowboy drive, the ball was intercepted by Cameron Roberts. The junior got it to the CGD 33-yard line before he was tackled. The Broncos were unable to convert that turnover into points, due to several penalties, including offensive pass interference.
The Broncos had a chance to add to the score when the Cowboys turned over the ball on downs on the next series. Starting at the CGD 27-yard line, it took only four plays for Pletsch to score on a six-yard run angled to just catch the corner of the endzone. The Broncos led 42-7 with just over 10 minutes left in the game.
Alex Bartz recovered a Cowboy fumble to allow the Broncos one more scoring opportunity. Taking over on the CGD 30, the Broncos were able to gain 23 yards, but could not get a final push into the endzone. Gonzalez kicked his first successful field goal of the season. The Broncos led 45-7 with 3:29 left.
Several plays later, the Broncos gave up a 56-yard touchdown run to make the final score 45-13.
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