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Block advances with big win vs. Delhi Charter

JONESVILLE — Block High School’s run-heavy offense relies on several backs to get the job done, and two of those backs stepped up Friday night.

Mario Bowman and Ken Colbert both had more than 100 yards rushing for the Bears as Block cruised to a 42-28 win against Delhi Charter in the bi-district round of the LHSAA Class 1A playoffs.

Bowman had nine carries for 103 yards, while Colbert finished with 101 yards on eight rushes. They both had two touchdowns apiece.

“Both of them were great,” Bears head coach Benny Vault Jr. said. “(Colbert) was also 6-6 on extra points, so he had a fairly good game tonight.”

The Bears offense finished with 338 yards rushing and added 60 yards passing. Vault said he was pleased with how his offense kept up its pace the entire game.

“We moved the ball, and they didn’t stop us all night,” Vault said. “I’m proud of the way we moved the ball up and down the field.”

Block scored first with 10:05 left in the first quarter on a 30-yard pass from Trevor Vault to Bowman. Block added another touchdown with 1:17 left on an 8-yard run by Raymond Plummer.

Block led 14-7 at halftime.

Bowman scored his first rushing touchdown with a 35-yard carry at the 10:05 mark in the third quarter. Colbert followed up with a 20-yard scoring run with 5:44 left, and he added a 35-yard touchdown carry as time expired.

In the fourth quarter, Bowman scored his second rushing touchdown on an 11-yard carry with 1:49 left to play.

Despite a strong showing from the offense, Benny Vault Jr. said he wasn’t as pleased with his defense for yielding 28 points.

“We had a couple of guys go down on defense, and we didn’t have the depth on defense to get in and make plays, but we got the stops when we needed them,” he said.

“Overall, the kids willed their way through it and played well. It’s a win, so we’re getting ready to come back next week and prepare for defense.”

Trevor Vault was 3-for-7 in passing for 60 yards and a touchdown. Bowman led defensively with nine tackles, followed by Jahmal Macklin with 7 1/2 tackles.

Block rose to 9-2 on the season. The Bears will face Westminster Christian in the second round.

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