It was not a happy homecoming for Belmond-Klemme Bronco fans. B-K lost in the first game of district play Sept. 24.
There was not a lot of action in the first half with three punt and two turnovers on downs between the two teams. The Cougars scored first with a long drive that resulted in a touchdown and two-point conversion. MNW led 8-0 with less than four minutes left before halftime.
The Broncos lost the ball on a turnover on the next drive, but had a chance to score before the second quarter expired. With only 64 seconds left, B-K took over on downs at their own 36-yard line. Tate Sander and Clayton Pletsch both had long runs to set up the Broncos near the red zone. An incomplete pass stopped the clock with 45 ticks left. Pletsch ran to the Cougar 10-yard line. Sander gained one yard on the next play, and there were 31 seconds left to score. Pletsch then ran to the one-yard line. On the next play, the ball was intercepted in the endzone, and time expired.
The Cougars ran back the third quarter kick-off for a score, but could not convert on the two-point attempt. The Broncos trailed 14-0 after 12 seconds into the new half.
B-K was able to answer back when Pletsch ran 42 yards into the endzone for the first score (and fireworks) at the Broncos homecoming. After the extra point was kicked, the Broncos were behind 14-7 with 9:54 left in the third period.
Even though the Cougars converted on a fake punt, the Broncos did hold MNW scoreless.
Then it was all-Sander, all-the-time in the Bronco drive that could have tied up the game. After starting on the 25-yard line, Sander rushed from the B-K 41 into the Cougar endzone for an apparent touchdown. However, the six points were negated by a holding call on the offense. Unable to convert on a fourth down and two, the Cougars took over.
Five plays later, MNW scored on the first snap of the fourth quarter. The two-point attempt was stopped, and the Broncos were down 20-7.
B-K’s last score came after Cameron Roberts intercepted a pass at midfield. Sander’s pass to Nicholas Jenison gave the Broncos a touchdown with just over two minutes left in the game. The extra point was missed, and the final score was 20-13.
The Broncos will host Woodward-Granger (4-1) Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.