Week 4: @ Hononegah
Hononegah wins shootout against Bucs
By Doug Shiloh
ROCKTON, IL. – No rain, unlike the past three weeks. But it did rain 925 total yards of offense, and 70 total points.
The Hononegah Indians (4-0) remained the only unbeaten varsity team in the NIC-10 Friday night after defeating the visiting Belvidere Bucs, 42-28. Belvidere dropped its record to 1-3.
"You can play with anybody," Belvidere Head Coach Chuck Leonard said to his team on the field after the loss. "They're (Hononegah) a darn good football club. They re tough, they're physical, they played a good game. But we clean up Us, we clean up our mistakes, and we're a dangerous ball club."
Despite the loss, Belvidere contended with a state-ranked team, with a strong third quarter.
The Indians jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Hononegah QB Daytona Chandler tossed a 25-yard pass to Kienen Nordlie and a minute and a half later, Chandler found a wide-open Keegan Powers for a 57-yard strike down the right sideline. Hononegah led, 14-0.
But then Belvidere closed the gap early in the second quarter with 11:16 in the second when quarterback Colton Bahling connected to Bryar Gunn on a 19-yard strike. Bahling's extra point kick was good. The Indians led, 14-7.
Hononegah would tack on two more TDs before half. Alec Dodd would run in from 3 yards (at 6:31) and Samuel Ballano leaped in ala Walter Payton from the one-yard line. With extra points kicked and good, Hononegah went into the locker room leading, 28-7.
Belvidere had deferred possession after winning the game's coin toss and the gamble paid off.
On its opening possession of the third quarter, Belvidere drove, finished by a Bahling to Dayquan Coleman 33-yard TD pass with 10:03 left. Bahling added another extra point kick. Belvidere trailed, 28-14.
Hononegah's Dodd ran in from 26 yards for a score to make it 35-14.
Bahling would add two TD runs (3 yards, 6 yards) to closeout the scoring for the Bucs.
Hononegah edged the Bucs in first downs, 23-21 but had 8 penalties (70 yards) to the Bucs' four penalties( 35 yards).
On offense for Belvidere, Bahling had 321 combined yards in the effort, running for 45 yards on 12 carries. Coleman was Belvidere's leading receiver with 119 yards on six catches,
On defense for the Bucs, Jacob Konaszewski was the defense's leading tackler (8 solo, four assists). Tyler Bruneau had five solos and 2 assists, and Tremaine Gooden had five tackles and four assists, while Kolby Soltow had four solos and three assists. Justin Robles had four solos and two assists. Brett White had nine total (5 solo, four assists), while Kolton Morris had three solos (3 assists). Austin Ziriaxe, Matthew Kopp and Jake Dillingham each had two solo tackles, and Adan Gallegos and Wyatt Danielson had one solo tackle apiece. Andy Samboy had one tackle and three assists. Ron Paris had one tackle and three assists. Both Dayquan Coleman and Gage Brewer had fumble recoveries.
BELVIDERE 0 7 14 7 - 28
HONONEGAH 14 14 7 7 - 42
In sophomore action, Hononegah won, 28-6. The team is 2-2 on the season.
In Thursday's freshmen game, Hononegah defeated the Bucs, 65-22. The Bucs are now 1-2-1 on the 2014 season.