Comanche football bounces back with win over Academy

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Senior running back Colton Roberts runs for a first down against the Indians game at Little River Academy.

Senior running back Colton Roberts runs for a first down against the Indians game at Little River Academy.

Senior running back Colton Roberts runs for a first down against the Indians game at Little River Academy.

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The Comanche Indians played their way back into the win column last Friday night as they whipped the Little River Academy Bumblebees by a score of 34-6.

Comanche rushed for 277 yards on 36 carries with seven different Indians running with the ball. Comanche rushed for at least seven yards a carry for the fourth straight game. The leading rusher was junior Kade Mercer with 105 yards on ten carries and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Bronte Hermesmeyer threw for a season high 117 yards on three completed passes out of nine attempts.  Senior Trevor Higginbotham had two catches for 91 yards and one touchdown, while senior Jayton McGinnis had a spectacular 26 yard reception.

The Bumblebees received the opening kick and Comanche kicker Nacho Rios let the Bumblebees know how physical the Indians were early in the game, as he crushed the returner around the 35-yard line. Academy then went on a 15-play drive as they chewed up minute after minute with their power running game. Academy decided to put it in the air for the first time on the Comanche 35 yard line and the result was an interception by Roberts that was returned to midfield to give the Indians early momentum.

On the first play from scrimmage from the Indians offense, Comanche head coach Stephen Hermesmeyer decided to air it out and go for the kill shot early. Bronte Hermesmeyer dropped back and found Higginbotham over the middle of the field for a 50-yard touchdown. After the PAT by Rios, the Indians led 7-0.

The Indian defense held Academy to a three and out on the next drive, and on the Indians ensuing offensive possession, they capitalized. On the first play of the second quarter, Mercer  powered his way into the end zone for a three yard touchdown. After the kick, the Indians led 14-0.

The Comanche offense entered the redzone two other times during the second quarter, but were unable to come away with any points. At the half, Comanche led 14-0 over Academy.

“We came out with some energy, but we didn’t sustain it for the whole first half like I would’ve liked,” Coach Hermesmeyer said. “Colton  started it off with the interception and then we scored on our first offensive play on a good thrown and catch from Bronte and Trevor. Then we held them and scored on our next offensive drive. We started out good, but the entire second quarter I felt like we could’ve played with a little more energy. Instead, we kept Academy in the ball game.”

The Bumblebees perfectly executed an onside kick to gain the ball back for the first of the second half. Ten plays later, Academy found themselves in the end zone for the first time all night. Their PAT came up short and the Indians still led 14-6.

Comanche was not expecting this to happen, they weren’t moving the ball on offense and the sideline seemed dead. Coach Hermesmeyer said that the Academy touchdown actually turned out good for the Indians.

“The touchdown we allowed in the third quarter actually turned into a positive for us,” Coach Hermesmeyer said. “It woke all of our coaches and players up and we started to play actual Comanche Indian football.”

On the Indians next offensive possession, Mercer took a handoff up the middle and ran 35 yards into the end zone for his second touchdown of the night. The PAT was no good and the Indians led 20-6.

“It was nice to finally start playing well after the onside kick,” Mercer said. “We as a team came out flat during the second quarter and part of the third quarter. I was glad to see everybody having energy, having fun, and getting back to ourselves towards the end of the game.”

With 7:00 to go, Comanche struck again when Roberts had his first touchdown of the night on a powerful 13 yard run.

Then only two minutes later, senior Joe Gilligan raced 15 yards on a pitch play to score the Indians final touchdown of the night.

The win improved Comanche’s record to 3-1. They have one more non-district game before district starts on Oct. 13. The Indians will host the Eastland Mavericks this Friday night at 7:30. Come support your Indians!

 

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