Bengals stomp the Bantams at home

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Cece Thomas

Lewiston High School cheerleaders perform at Bengal field Sept.10 during the game for the annual Battle of the Bridges rivalry football game against the Clarkston High School Bantams.

Rylie Reagan, Editor-in-chief

The 2021 annual Battle of the Bridges rivalry football game between the Lewiston Bengals and the Clarkston Bantams was held on Sept. 10 at Bengal Field. The Bengals celebrated with a final score of 54-13.

FIRST-QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
•With 6:45 left in the first quarter, LHS quarterback Jace McKarcher ran the ball into the end zone for the Bengals’ first touchdown of the game. The extra point attempt by senior Thor Kessinger was no good.
•The Bantams scored their first touchdown with 2:37 left in the quarter. The point afterward was no good, hitting the left upright.
•With 2:14 remaining in the quarter, the Bengals’ touchdown was called back due to a Bengal flag on the play for holding on. The ball carrier was Cruz Hepburn.
•At the end of the first quarter, the Bantams and Bengals were tied at 6-6.

SECOND-QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
•With 11:55 remaining in the second quarter, and with 2 yards to go on a third down, Hepburn ran the ball into the end zone, scoring a Bengal touchdown. Bengals went for a two-point conversion but threw an incomplete pass.
•CHS regained possession of the ball but soon had to punt it away on a fourth down with 9:59 remaining in the second quarter.
•Lewiston’s Hepburn scored a touchdown at 9:46 on a first down running play. Bengals went for a two-point conversion with quarterback McKarcher shoving his way into the end-zone.
•With 8:30 left in the second quarter, CHS threw an interception picked off by senior, Blake Earl, returning the ball to the end zone. A Lewiston flag on the play, nullified the touchdown.
•Bengals then started with the ball with first and ten at the Bengal 34-yard line. The first down was an incomplete pass into the end zone. After gaining yardage on the second down, the Bengals were on the Bantam 27-yard line. During the Bengals’ third down, offsides were called on the Bantams, resulting in a 5-yard penalty.
•With a Bengal first down at the Bantam 22 yard-line, Hepburn made a touchdown with 7:26 remaining in the quarter. Bengals went for the two-point conversion, which fell incomplete.
•With 6:22 remaining in the second, Bantams punted the ball away on a fourth down.
•Bengals had the ball on the Bantam 44. LHS player Ethan Shaw ran the ball into the end-zone for a touchdown. With 5:35 left in the first half Bengals went for the two-point conversion and McKarcher converted. Bengals increased their lead to 34-6.
•Kessinger then kicked off to the Bantams.
•Bantams punted away on the fourth down and Bengals took over on their own 16. During that drive, the Bengals fumbled on the play, losing yards. From the Bengals 6, McKarcher punted the ball away on the fourth down. Bantams took over at their own 47-yard line.
•Bantams reached the Bengal 36 but time ran out. At the end of the first half, the Bengals lead 34-6.

THIRD-QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
•With 11:12 remaining in the third quarter, LHS player Jared Jelenik caught a pass in the end zone for a Bengal touchdown, and the Bengals got the 2-point conversion. The Bengals pulled further ahead with a score of 42-6.
•Bantams began their next drive and on the third down, and had an incomplete pass with 9:41 left in the quarter. The Bantams punted away the fourth down. The Bengals received the ball at their 31-yard line.
•The ensuing drive resulted in Bengals’ Shaw running into the end zone, scoring a touchdown for the Bengals with 5:49 left in the quarter. The Bantams blocked the extra point.
•Lewiston´s Kessinger kicked off with 5:41 remaining in the third quarter. Bantams received the ball at their 22-yard line.
•After an unsuccessful drive, with 3:31 left in the quarter, Bantams punted the ball away on a fourth down.
•Bengals had the ball on a third down with 5 yards to go. The ball was at the Bantams’ 18-yard line. Lewiston senior, Vinny Shriver, made a touchdown on the same drive, with 46 seconds left in the quarter.
•At the end of the quarter, the score is a devastating 54-6.

FOURTH-QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
•Landon Taylor scored the second touchdown for the Bantams with 6:06 remaining. The Bantams converted the extra point.
•The Bengals started at their 21-yard line with 5:31 remaining.
•Bengals kept the ball until the clock ran out. The 2021 Battle of the Bridges ended, 54-13.