2017-09-07 / Sports

Bendle defense, running game rushes past Atherton

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Bendle’s Touissant Bridges breaks through the Atherton defense during Thursday’s win. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Bendle’s Touissant Bridges breaks through the Atherton defense during Thursday’s win. Photo by Brandon Pope BURTON — Bendle had a tough time in week one on the gridiron, but quickly reversed the trend in their home opener last Thursday with a 42-0 win over crosstown rival Atherton. Although each team turned it over on their first possessions, it took Bendle very little time to make its impact offensively.

A strong drive ended with Brent Scott rushing 11 yards up the far sideline for the first touchdown. Not long after that, the Tigers doubled their lead when Chance Thomas’ interception was returned 46 yards to pay dirt.

In the second quarter, running back Touissant Bridges got to work taking a 38-yard carry to the house to put Bendle up 21-0 at the half. Maurice Bolden then got the first score of the second half on a three-yard scamper.

Tyrese Wynn got the scoring started in the final frame with a pick-six of 98 yards. Bridges scored the last touchdown of the game, a rushing score from 39 yards out.

Bridges led the running game with 20 carries for 242 yards and two touchdowns, LaQuan Johnson had 11 tackles, three sacks and a blocked punt. With 11 tackles and one sack was Dallas Haubenstricker, Zack Murphy added nine tackles and Robert Brunell had seven tackles and a fumble recovery. Thomas added eight tackles, two interceptions and a touchdown and with four tackles, a pick and a score was Wynn. Murphy was also 6-for-6 on extra points.

Atherton quarterback Ray White led the offense for the Wolverines, going 14 of 31 for 170, but threw three interceptions. His primary targets were Tony Herron and Keyontae Townsend, who combined caught 13 of White’s 14 completions. Townsend finished with six catches for 60 yards. Herron caught seven passes for 75 yards and also intercepted a pass on the defensive end. DeMarcus Bush led Atherton with 12 tackles. John Martinez also had eight tackles.

“I was very pleased with our effort tonight,” said Bendle coach Jason Beverly. “Coming off a tough loss, I challenged the kids to come out and play inspired football for four quarters and they responded. Offensively, our linemen executed to open holes and our backs ran very hard. We preach takeaways on the defensive side and we did that by applying a lot of pressure up front. Anytime you can get a win over a cross-town rival, if feels really good, so we will enjoy this and move on to New Lothrop.” – B.P./J.O.

BENTLEY: The Bulldogs tallied their second loss of the season, falling 56-14 to Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard on Thursday. No stats were reported prior to press deadlines. Bentley, 0-2, travels to Beecher, 0-2, on Friday with both teams searching for their first win of the season. – K.R.

KEARSLEY: The Hornets lost to Fenton 63-27 last Thursday following an offensive explosion from the Tigers in the second and third quarters. Kearsley opened the scoring for the game thanks to a 49-yard run from Tommy Plunkey and a good extra point by Dakotah Doman, putting the Hornets up 7-0. This would be the only lead of the game for the Hornets, though, as Fenton would answer back with five unanswered touchdowns through the remainder of the half, setting the score at 35-7 entering the half.

Kearsley scored twice in the third with a 9-yard pass from Kunkel to Roberto Rose for the touchdown and another 9-yard pass from Kunkel, but this time to Gavin Etson who took it to the house. Kunkel connected with Ta’veon Harris for an 81-yard touchdown in the fourth for Kearsley’s final touchdown of the game, but at that point the deficit was too large to overcome.

Kunkel was 7-for-20 passing with 185 yards and three touchdowns, all while throwing no interceptions. Plunkey led the team in rushing with 121 yards and one touchdown and Kunkel had 40 yards rushing to follow.

Harris had three receptions for 110 yards with a touchdown, Plunkey had one reception for 39 yards, Rose had two receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown and Etson had one touchdown thanks to a nine-yard reception, his o nly of the game. Defensively, Chares Wilson led the team with four solo tackles and one assist. Marcelis Collins had three solo tackles and an assist, Kunkel and Malik Davis each had two with one assist and Enrique Porritt and John Williams also had two solo tackles apiece.

Kearsley, 1-1, hosts Brandon tomorrow night at 7 p.m. for Senior Night. – A.V.

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