By Dan Woodlock
Times-Junction Sports Editor
Bellevue broke out their charcoal uniforms Friday night and then proceeded to light the first half on fire.
The Redmen found the endzone nine times on the evening, eight of which came in an overpowering first half, as Bellevue rolled to a 62-0 Northern Ohio League win over Willard at First National Bank Field in Bellevue.
Quarterback Alec Foos continued to be the ringleader of the BHS offensive show, as the senior dual threat quarterback accounted for seven touchdowns and 317 yards of total offense in just two quarters of action. He helped guide Bellevue (6-2, 3-1) to a 54-0 advantage just over 22 minutes into the contest.
Willard (1-7, 0-4) could not find an answer for the Redmen Express, which scored the first eight times they possessed the football, including an early 58-yard pick-six by Treston Francis, ending a promising opening series by the Flashes that advanced to the Bellevue 40.
Francis’ score made it 14-0, just over four minutes in, following Bellevue’s opening six-play, 65-yard drive that ended on a 16-yard touchdown run by Foos. Runs of 12 and 11 yards by Bryce Ray, along with a 23-yard pass completion between Foos and Francis set up the score.
The big plays had only just begun for the Redmen, as Foos followed up a 27-yard punt return by Dakota McPeak by allowing McPeak to finish what he started--connecting with him on the next play for a 40-yard touchdown pass.
Foos, who completed 10-of-11 passes for 225 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for a game-best 92 yards and two scores on just five carries, scored on a 31-yard run and connected with McPeak (two receptions, 106 yards) on the first play of the ensuing possession for a 66-yard score.
The final three BHS series of the first half ended in touchdown passes, as Foos hit Perry Haynes for back-to-back touchdowns of 31 and 11 yards and Ben Smith from 30 yards out.
“We watched a lot of film in preparing for Bellevue, but we just can’t simulate on the field the things that they do,” said Willard Head Coach Britton Devier.
The Redmen finished the night with 492 yards of total offense--402 of which came in the first half.
The Flashes were limited to just 168 yards. They had a 10-play first half drive stopped on downs at the Bellevue 34 and another 10-play march halted at the Redmen 11.
“We have a lot of kids at different positions right now due to injuries and there’s just not a lot of consistency,” stated Devier. “We moved the ball well at times, but we just weren’t able to finish drives.”
The high-powered Redmen got things back in gear after suffering their only NOL loss of the season two weeks earlier (28-26 at Sandusky) and struggling to fend off rapidly-improving Norwalk, 34-28, a week ago.
“Bellevue has a very strong program and we’re trying to rebuild our program,” noted Devier. “One of the things that makes it tough in resetting the program is that we’re catching a lot of teams at the top of theirs.”
With the Bellevue game in the books, Willard’s first eight opponents now have a combined record of 45-19 (.703), including 8-0 Port Clinton, 7-1 Edison, Sandusky and Shelby, 6-2 Bellevue and a pair of teams in Margaretta and Ontario that have battled their way to the break-even mark at 4-4.
Ethan Daub completed 16-of-34 passes for 113 yards and an interception, as his season total climbed to 1,180 yards through the air. Nick Cofer reeled in six receptions for 49 yards, while Josh Buerger added 41 yards on five catches for WHS.
Bellevue’s Mike Pierce, who generated 57 yards on the ground in a back-up role, scored from 28 yards out in the fourth to cap the scoring. Ray also rushed for 57 yards, as the Redmen racked up 267 yards on 32 carries.Bellevue went just 4-of-9 on two-point conversions.