Football team looks to rebound from 0-2 start in home opener
BLOOMING GROVE–It was the night the lights went out in Blooming Grove.
Not only were the visiting Kerens Bobcats blindsided 41-7 by the host team, the Lion Stadium illumination shut off midway through the third quarter because the system overheated. The lack of lights caused a 20-minute delay, during which both teams went into the locker room for an impromptu break.
Things looked bright early in the game for Kerens, though, which tied the game at 7-7 with 23 seconds left in the first quarter on a 37-yard touchdown pass to Desmond Lindsey from Anders Sundquist, who took over at quarterback from injured starter Corey Davis. Garrett Myre kicked the Bobcat extra point.
Blooming Grove answered with a 52-yard touchdown run with 9:52 remaining before halftime, but a Lion penalty made for a longer extra-point kick, which Blooming Grove missed. The Lions led 13-7.
After returning an interception to the Kerens 15-yard line, the Lions tacked on another second-quarter touchdown, an 11-yard quarterback keeper at the 6:28 mark that, when coupled with the successful extra point, pushed the Lions lead to 20-7 at intermission.
In the third quarter, the Bobcats defense stopped Blooming Grove on fourth-and-12 from the Kerens 21-yard line. Kerens was driving behind a ground game fueled by Daniel Fernandez, when the Lions picked off another pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown, giving Blooming Grove a 27-7 lead with 6:52 left in the third quarter.
Blooming Grove scored twice more in the fourth quarter. The first came on a 36-yard touchdown pass from scrambling Lions quarterback Carson Rucks that pushed the lead to 34-7.
Kerens was driving on its next offensive possession, gaining a first down from an offside penalty on fourth-and-4, but a Bobcats pass was tipped incomplete at the line of scrimmage on another fourth-and-4 soon after.
The ensuing Blooming Grove drive ended on a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:16 left in the game. Kerens was driving yet again as time wound down, when Josh Brown ran for a first down in Lion territory on a fourth-down play, just as the horn sounded on the 41-7 Bobcats defeat.
Kerens returns to action tonight (Friday, Sept. 13) in their 2019 home opener against the Mildred Eagles, which is 2-0 on the year after an Aug. 30, 47-43 win at Leon High School, and a Sept. 6, 35-33 home victory against Italy.