It was a homecoming heartbreak for Belmond-Klemme in a 21-20 overtime loss to West Fork Sept. 27.
The Broncos had a chance to go up early in the game. WF fumbled at their own 35-yard line on the fourth play of the game. B-K made it to the WF 15 before turning the ball over on downs.
The Warhawks marched down to B-K two-yard line but the Bronco defense showed what they are made of, stopping the offense on fourth and goal at the half-yard line.
B-K’s running attack led by Jaace Weidemann and Max Beminio led a long drive. Weidemann pushed the ball into the checkerboard-painted endzone for the first score of the night. Eduin Gonzalez kicked the extra point and B-K led 7-0 with 6:48 left in the first half.
The Warhawks answered back quickly, but the two-point conversion failed. The Broncos were still in front 7-6 with 5:23 left until halftime.
Long passes from Jordan Meyer to Weidemann and Carson Lane, along with two great runs by Max Beminio, took the Broncos into the WF red zone. An offside penalty by the Warhawks set up B-K on the two-yard line, and Meyer snuck into the endzone on the next play. Gonzalez’s extra point was good and the Broncos led 14-6 at the break.
The Broncos had the ball first in the second half, and Weidemann ripped off a run of more than 20 yards on the first play. Meyer and Weidemann alternated running the ball and the Broncos were down to the WF 11. A fumbled pitch was recovered by the Broncos, but Meyer was injured on the play and had to come out of the game. Weidemann tossed up a pass to Brian Duran that just glanced off his fingertips in the endzone. Meyer returned to the game for the fourth down play, and his screen pass was tipped into the hands of lineman Caydon Christensen. The four yard gain was not enough, and the ball was turned over to the Warhawks.
The Bronco defense stopped another long drive, thanks to an interception by Beminio at the B-K 15. The Broncos were plagued with penalties during the drive that was stopped in the WF red zone.
The Warhawks scored and made the two-point conversion to tie the game 14-14 with 6:52 left.
The Broncos could not make it past mid-field on the next possession and had to punt for the first time in the game.
WF was at the B-K 15-yard line with 45 seconds left in the game and had to turn the ball over on downs. The Bronco offense had one more chance to end the game in regulation.
Weidemann was handed the ball on the next three plays and the Broncos were at midfield. A pass from Meyer to Kaleb Carlson picked up some yardage, and the desperation heave to the endzone with no time left was incomplete.
In overtime, the Broncos deferred to the Warhawks for the first possession. WF scored on a sweep on the first play from scrimmage and then kicked the extra point. WF led 21-14.
It took two plays – a run by Beminio for three yards and a charge to the endzone by Weidemann – for the Broncos to score. The Broncos held up two fingers to indicate they wanted to go for two points rather than the extra point while the homecoming crowd shouted for two points, as well. B-K took a timeout to discuss the options, and then lined up for the two-point try. Weidemann came up short, and the game was over.
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