Redmen come up with more big plays in 21-13 regional semifinal at Arlin Field
MANSFIELD — In Friday’s regional semifinal at Arlin Field, Bellevue’s defense made more big plays than Clear Fork.
The Redmen put an end to Clear Fork’s magical season with a 21-13 win.
Then won a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference championship in their first year in the new conference, and last week, in the first round of the playoffs, they whipped Lorain Clearview 44-0 to improve to 11-0 on the season. It’s the first time a Clear Fork football team has ever had that record.
Clear Fork’s season ends with an 11-1 mark
On a frig-ed night — it was 23 degrees at kickoff — Bellevue got off to the quick start and never trailed.
The weather didn’t appear to bother Bellevue a bit as it only took the Redmen 53 seconds to get on the score board.
After a 4-yard run on first down on the game’s opening possession, Bellevue quarterback Riley Renwand hit a streaking Bryce McMurray who went 69 yards for the first score of the game.
Clear Fork was able to move the ball vs. Bellevue’s stingy defense, but twice in the first half they gave the ball away on downs in Bellevue territory, once at the 23 and once at the 32 yard line. The Colts also turned the ball over twice in the first half.
But thanks to it’s own brand of tough defense, the score was 7-7 at the half.
Clear Fork got on the board in the second quarter, on a defense TD. The Colts’ Michael Chillemi forced Bellevue’s quarterback to fumble deep in their own territory. Trevon Trammell picked up at ball at the 9 yard line and ran it in for the score.
The fact the score was tied at the intermission should not have been a surprise.
The two teams met Sept. 1 and it took overtime for the Colts to pull out a 20-14 win.
An enthusiastic crowed showed up early for Friday’s game. That enthusiasm didn’t stop and the cheering sections of both schools remained boisterous at the break. Arlin Field was filled with green, black and white on one side and red and white on the other.
Bellevue just took a 14-7 lead late in the third quarter as running back Treston Francis went 57 yards with the ball. T
The scoring drive was set up when Clear Fork — once again — turned the ball over on downs in Bellevue territory. The score came with 4:08 to go in the third quarter.
Bellevue went up 21-7 after an 87-yard TD pass by Renwand to Dakota McPeak who hauled in the pass at the 50-yard line and ran it in for the score.
Clear Fork made a run at the Redmen in the fourth quarter. With 10:49 to go, Colts’ quarterback Blake Dinsmore ran it in from the 23-yard line. The Colts missed the PAT, cutting the Belleve lead to 21-13.
That’s the way the game ended.
Bellevue, at 9-3, will meet Shelby in the regional finals. Shelby remained undefeated on the year with 47-7 winner over St. Marys Memorial.