Block football: Bears knocked out 36-6
JONESVILLE — Before the season started, Block head football coach Benny Vault Jr. said that he was tired of getting only as far as the quarterfinals of the LHSAA Class 1A Playoffs.
He also stated that he wanted his team to be a legitimate state championship contender. Unfortunately, Vault and his team will have to wait yet another season for that to happen as they fell to the Westminster Christian Crusaders 36-6 Friday night.
“Those guys played well. They’re a well-coached team. Our inexperience kicked in tonight,” Vault said.
Vault said that one play changed the momentum of the game in Westminster Christian’s favor. After Mario Bowman scored on a 80-yard run for a 6-3 Bears lead and Block forced Westminster Christian (10-2) to punt, the Crusaders faked the punt, got the first down and eventually scored on Donyell Young’s 15-yard run with 11:20 to go in the second quarter. The extra point was good for a 10-6 Crusaders lead.
Bowman finished with 105 yards on 10 carries while William Cummings had 12 carries for 115 yards to lead Block’s ground game.
Westminster Christian would go on to score 21 points in the second quarter for a 24-6 halftime lead. Trailing by such a big margin, No. 7 seed Block had no choice but to throw the football more than it usually does.
“They made some adjustments on defense. We fell behind, so we threw the ball a little bit,” Vault said. “Our offensive line couldn’t stop anyone. Our defense couldn’t make any stops. Our center, Emmett Burton, who’s also a defensive lineman, got cut blocked in the first quarter. He had a hard time after that. But injuries are a part of the game.”
Block quarterback Trevor Vault completed just 1 of 8 passes for 20 yards with one interception. His one completion went to Ken Colbert. The Bears were held to just seven first downs and 236 yards of total offense.
Westminster Christian quarterback Luke Judice had two touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to finish up the scoring.
“We finished 9-3 with just four seniors on a 53-man roster, so we’ll be back,” Vault said.