Week 6: Homecoming vs. Guilford

Bucs ‘chill out’ Guilford in Homecoming game


Doug Shiloh


BELVIDERE, ILLINOIS – The difference was on the scoreboard.

For weeks, the Belvidere Bucs varsity football team had been plagued by missed opportunities after seemingly good drives, but during their Homecoming game against Rockford Guilford’s Vikings, the Bucs saw found  the end zone six times. Belvidere cruised to a win in NIC-10 varsity action over the Guilford , 43-14.

On paper, except for the scoreboard, both teams were equal. Belvidere had 21 first downs to Guilford’s 18. Belvidere had eight penalties (65 yards) to the Vikings’ nine (60 yards). Guilford had 324 total yards of offense (213 rushing, 109 passing), while the Bucs had 417 yards of offense (200 yards rushing, 217 passing). The big difference for Belvidere was finishing drives and big plays for scores, and a Buc defense that denied the Vikings in red zone opportunities.

Guilford struck first with a six play drive with 9:41 left in the first quarter, when Damonte Reed scored on a five yard run. But the Bucs answered with a blast of 31 unanswered points.

They scored the first of 6 touchdowns with a quick drive of their own, capped off when senior quarterback Colton Bahling rambled 16 yards for the touchdown at the 6:22 mark. The extra point conversion pass was no good. Guilford still led, 7-6.

But it would be the last time Guilford held the lead. Belvidere’s defense would hold off every Guilford drive (until midway through the third quarter).

The offense finished drives.. Eric Munoz plunged in from the 1-yard line with only 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Again, the2-point attempt was no good. Belvidere led, 12-7.

In the second quarter, with 11:44 left, Justin Robles scooted in from 24 yards for a TD; Bahling’s conversion run was no good. Belvidere led, 18-7. With 1:26 left in the half, Bahling tossed a 39-yard pass to Bryar Gunn.  Belvidere went into the locker room ahead, 24-7.

The half time show included the BHS Marching Band, plus dancing and an alumni choral version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” the classic rock band Queen.

After the second half kickoff, Belvidere scored on their first play from scrimmage from a 69-yard play from Colton Bahling to Justin Robles. Bahling’s extra point kick was good, and Belvidere led, 31-7.

Guilford added one more score when Reed ran 6 yards at the 8:07 mark, finished with a Rogelio Arreguin PAT kick. The score was Belvidere 31, Guilford 14.

The Bucs added two more touchdowns on a 14-yard Bahling to Bryar Gunn pass (3:08 left in the third), and Kolton Morris’ 60 yard fumble return with 1:28 remaining in the third quarter. Both teams were scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Jake Konaszewski was named the Army Player of the Game, with 17 tackles (10 solo/7 assists) and was awarded a plaque after the game. Wyatt Danielson had two sacks, Robles had the lone interception, and Morris recovered a fumble.

Bahling was 10-of-18 for 218 yards (2 TDs, 0 INT). In rushing, the Bucs had 31 rushing carries for 200 yards for a 6.45 yards per carry average, with Eric Munoz as the leading rusher with 83 yards.  Bahling added 73 yards on the ground. Justin Robles one catch for 69 yards led the squad in receiving.

Guilford had 213 yards rushing on 45 carries (4.73 yards per carry average). Reed had two touchdowns, with runs of five and six yards.

In sophomore action, Belvidere won, 24-7. They now have a 4-2 record.

On Thursday, Guilford’s freshmen won, 30-12. The freshmen Bucs now have a 1-4-1 record.

The Bucs travel once again to face the Freeport Pretzels next Friday, while Guilford is at home against Rockford Auburn.


Guilford 7   0   7 0 - 14

Bucs     12 12 19 0 - 43

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