Defense yields no points for first time in 45 games
You might say most are sick of it after the past couple days. Not the football Bruins.
In rain throughout most of the contest Friday night the Bruins dominated from the opening kick-off until the final kneel to defeat the host Frankton Eagles 35-0.
As Coach Randy Sehy noted to his team after the game, it was the first “goose egg” for the Bruins under his tenure. It was also the first in 45 games. The last coming in a 20-0 win over Fremont in the 2014 season opener.
The host Eagles took the opening kick and made their way into Bruin territory with a mix of pass and run before getting stuffed on fourth down at the Bruin 35.
The Bruins set the tone by methodically marching down the field completing the first of five scoring drives on the night. Isaac Justice finished the drive with a two yard run. Bode Malott’s PAT made it 7-0.
Frankton’s second drive was much shorter as senior Shane Elam picked off a pass at the Eagle 27.
The Bruins wasted no time churning up that distance to pay dirt. Austen Lancaster finished it with a 10 yard run through the heart of the Eagles defense. Malott added the PAT and the Bruins quickly led 14-0 early in the second quarter.
The Eagles again ventured into Bruin territory getting to the 26. But on second and eight, Jake Deavers over-powered his blocker to sack Frankton quarterback Korbin Finley for an eight yard loss.
On the very next play, Melvin Hernandez was able to grab Finley by the ankle.
He held on long enough to allow Joey Payne to finish Finley off for a second straight sack, this one for a seven yard loss, to force the Eagles to punt.
The Bruins would start their fourth drive from their own three. After two short runs by Lancaster, Justice took the hand off and darted off right tackle for 20 yards and a first down. J
ustice then picked up six and Lancaster ripped off 11 yards to put the ball at the 45. Justice and Shane Elam again tested the tackle slots for runs of eight and seven to put the ball at the Eagle 40.
Elam then ran off left tackle for 15 yards gaining the final five after initial contact.
A holding penalty stalled the drive briefly. After an incomplete pass the Bruins faced fourth and 21 at the 36.
But Frankton was called for a pass interference then encroachment to give the Bruins a free 20 yards and set up fourth and two. Isaac Justice took over from there running for 11 yards and a first down. He followed that with a five yard run, both off right tackle, to put the Bruins up 21-0 after Malott’s successful PAT.
The Bruins took the second half kick-off and pounded their way with several short runs to the Frankton 31.
Caleb Mealy then completed his only pass of the night to Shane Elam who caught the short pass at the 26 and raced down the right sideline untouched to the end zone. Malott’s kick made it 28-0.
Frankton again had a nice drive, but the Bruin D stopped the drive on downs at the 14 yard line. The Bruins would mount a 13 play, 86 yard drive to put the game away. The big play was Austen Lancaster’s 26 yard run to the two. Lancaster would leave the game after a hamstring issue on the tackle. Elam scored on a one yard run two plays later to make it 35-0 after Malott’s fifth straight PAT.
The Eagles had two more cracks at breaking the shutout but stalled on downs on the first attempt. The Bruins punted for the only time in the game with under two minutes left after the back-ups failed to pick up a first down running out the clock. Dalton Willman assured the shut out with an interception on Frankton’s first play of their final drive.
Coach Sehy was complimentary about his team’s discipline.
“They guys played great. We have been stressing the need to play four quarters and we finally did. They are playing some disciplined football and it is truly beginning.” Sehy closed, “They should be proud of themselves.”
Isaac Justice rushed 14 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Austen Lancaster rushed nine times for 77 yards and a TD. Shane Elam carried 11 times for 61 yards and caught the lone reception for a score. Jake Deavers rushed six times for 32 yards. Melvin Hernandez rushed twice for 15 yards.
The Bruins outgained the Eagles 317 to 175. The Eagles were more balanced rushing for 102 yards and passing for 73 yards on six of 12 attempts, but the Bruins, who managed the rain with no turnovers, were unstoppable on this night. The Bruins recorded 21 first downs to the Eagles 11.
Melvin Hernandez lead the defense with five solo tackles and four assists. Isaac Justice recorded five solos and two assists. Shane Elam was nearly as effective with five solos and an assist. He and Dalton Willmann each added the interceptions.
The Bruins (3-1, 2-0) will head to Ball State University on Saturday to play Alexandria in the first game of CIC Day at BSU. The Bruins and Tiger kick-off at 10am.
Tickets are on sale in the BHS Athletic Office through Friday morning for $10 apiece. The Bruins will get $1 of all pre-sale tickets sold. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate for $12. Tickets are good for all four games played.
The JH football teams will also scrimmage at half-time.
1Q – Blackford- Isaac Justice 2 run (Bode Malott kick), 7-0
2Q – Blackford-Austen Lancaster 8 run. (Bode Malott kick), 14-0
2Q – Blackford-Isaac Justice 5 run (Bode Malott kick), 21-0 good)
3Q –Blackford-Caleb Mealy 31 pass to Shane Elam (Bode Malott kick), 28-0
4Q –Blackford-Shane Elam 1 run (Bode Malott kick), 35-0
Blackford 34, Oak Hill 21
On Aug. 31, Blackford rallied in the second half and defeated visiting Oak Hill 34-21 in a Central Indiana Conference game.
The Bruins’ defense shut out the Golden Eagles in the second half and scored 20 points of their own to pull away.
Blackford scored first in the first quarter as Shane Elam rumbled into the end zone from one yard out. Bode Malott kicked the extra point as the Bruins took an early 7-0 lead.
After falling behind 14-7, the Bruins tied the score midway through the second quarter when Elam scored again on a 5-yard run with Malott kicking the point after to tie the game.
The Eagles scored again before intermission and took a 21-14 lead into the locker room.
Caleb Mealy hooked up with Dalton Willman in the third quarter for a 6-yard strike as the Bruins tied the game at 21-21. Malott kicked through his third straight extra point.
Mealy hooked up with Willman again later in the third quarter on a big 75-yard pass play for a touchdown and after Malott kicked his fourth straight extra point the Bruins took a 28-21 lead.
A final score came in the fourth quarter on Elam’s 30-yard run for a score. The extra point kick failed.
Blackford racked up 477 yards of total offensive in the game, including 350 on the ground. Austin Lancaster rushed for 148 yards on 20 carries to lead the Bruins.
Measly completed 5 of 9 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Four of the completions went to Willmann, who pulled in 121 passing yards.
Isaac Justice led the Bruins on defense with 8.5 tackles, 8 of the solo.
Oak Hill 14, Blackford 13
The Eagles nipped the Bruins in the junior varsity game. Conner Gulley led the offense with 17 yards rushing and 32 yards receiving. Scott Winger rushed for 30 yards and Ethan Miller 21 yards and a touchdown. Carson Sehy completed three passes for 40 yards.