Football: ST. BEDE 41, BUREAU VALLEY 33 (BCR Game of the Week)
PERU – To counteract the deep passing attack of Bureau Valley, the St. Bede Bruins put together enough big plays to send Friday’s Three Rivers crossover contest deep into the night.
It was worth the wait for the Bruins, who won 41-33 with two scores in the final 4 minutes.
St. Bede went ahead at the 8:09 mark of the third quarter at the Academy when Kobe Newman hauled in his second TD reception.
However, the Storm put together a run capped by Mac Nugent’s 1-yard scoring scamper with 80 seconds left in the third quarter. That score tied the score at 26, and Noah Simon’s successful point-after kick gave Bureau Valley a 27-26 lead.
The Storm’s one-point lead remained at the end of three quarters, and Nugent tacked on a 63-yard rushing score to up the Storm lead to 33-26 with 5:27 remaining in regulation.
From there, it was all St. Bede. Ben Bernabei scored from 1 yard out with 3:58 left. Bernabie also scored the 2-point conversion to give the Bruins a 34-33 lead.
After a St. Bede interception, Austin Torri rumbled for a 57-yard score to give the Bruins a 41-33 win.
On the first play from scrimmage, Storm quarterback Tyler Gustafson found Nate Paup open along the right slot; the 73-yard scoring connection gave the Storm an early 7-0 lead just 17 seconds into the game. Austin Torri’s 9-yard run to cap off a methodical Bruins’ run equalled the score at 7-7.
Gustafson had 147 passing yards before the end of the first quarter, and could have had more – but Caleb Boucher picked off Gustafson with a handful of seconds remaining. St. Bede’s drive continued close to the Storm end zone; Ben Bernabei went on a right-end-around to the Storm 4, but Mac Nugent brought him down and stripped the ball. James Macklin scooped it up and ran 96 yards along the far sideline to put the Storm ahead 14-7 with 7:37 left in the second quarter.
After Paup scored on a 71-yard pass completion, the Storm recovered an onside kick, but failed to gain much more ground. The Bruins countered with a halfback pass to get to within 20-14; Kaile Williams handed off to Braden Damerell, who heaved an arc pass to a wide-open Newman.
Damerell also caught a TD pass from Williams, completing a 35-yard play with 27.6 seconds left in the first half. Nick Pearse couldn’t give the Bruins the lead, as his extra-point kick sailed wide right to keep the score tied at 20 – a score that remained at halftime.
Despite not scoring in the first three quarters, Bernabei provided much of the go-between work for the Bruins as he rushed for 108 yards on 19 carries by that point. The Bruins collected 21 first downs after three quarters, compared to the Storm’s 12.
Gustafson, meanwhile, was 7-for-20 with 244 passing yards by halftime.
• Notes: Both teams will kick off Three Rivers Conference play next week. The Storm will travel to Fulton in the Rock Division, while the Bruins will travel to Sherrard on the Mississippi side. .... Bureau Valley won the sophomore game, 20-14; St. Bede scored both of its touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
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