Week 8: East

Munoz, "D" step up in Hall of Fame game to beat East

Eric Munoz, after another TD, and his teammates.

BELVIDERE, ILLINOIS - It was Bucs football.

A ground game that chewed up yards and scored points, while the defense squelched the opponents. Eric Munoz led the charge with six touchdowns, tying Patrick O'Brien's 2007 record.

"Adversity" has been the watchword for the Belvidere Bucs varsity football in the 2014 season, and this game was another page in that book. 

Earlier in the 2014 campaign, they fell to a 1-4 record, but have rebounded with three straight wins to earn a 4-4 record after beating the Rockford East E-Rabs Friday, 46-18,

The Bucs's season once again comes down to adversity. Win next week - and make the playoffs.

Lose, and the season is over.

The Bucs close out the regular season next Friday by hosting the Boylan Titans at Funderburg Stadium.

Gaining possession at the start of the game, Belvidere fumbled on the first play from scrimmage. East took over, but couldn't convert. Eventually, the gears clicked and the Bucs took control and never looked back.

Along with the new crop of Hall of Fame members, Vern Pottinger, head coach at Belvidere who lead the Bucs to two state titles in the 1990s, and assistants Mike Hearn and Chuck Leonard Sr (assistants on those state teams) were on hand for the night's celebration.

In sophomore action, the Bucs beat East, 52-6 to improve to a 6-2 record.

The freshmen squad beat East, 18-0, to improve to 3-4-1.


Vern Pottinger and Phil Baker.


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