By Steve Robinson | September 26, 2015 - 10:57 pm
Posted in Category: Bloomington HS, NCHS, The Normalite

FootballNORMAL – Junior wide receiver Steven Towns scored two touchdowns for Normal Community High School en route to the Ironmen’s 49-14 romp over Bloomington High School in a Big 12 Conference showdown at Ironmen Field on Sept. 25.

Bloomington (0-5, 0-1 Big 12 Conference) punted the ball away turning it over on downs to NCHS who took advantage of the situation quickly, marching 70 yards on 11 plays, concluding with senior running back Alec Bozarth’s 2 yard run into the end zone, followed by the extra point by senior kicker Dalton Bruso, giving the Ironmen a quick 7-0 lead at 6:22 in the first quarter.

A crowd of about 1,000 fans were present for the contest which had NCHS getting the ball back after BHS’ ensuing drive ended in a punt, and increasing the Ironmen’s lead, 14-0 at 4:21 in the quarter, thanks to junior running back Dakota Cremeens dashing 60 yards for a touchdown, followed by Bruso’s extra point.

NCHS FootballAn interception of a BHS pass by NCHS senior defensive back Jared Pratt helped the Ironmen toward their next score – an 18 yard pass from junior quarterback Grant Price to junior wide receiver Steven Towns, putting NCHS up, 21-0, followed by Bruso’s extra point, to go into the second quarter.

NCHS, Ranked No. 5 in Illinois High School Association Class 7A (5-0, 3-0 Big 12) increased their lead, 28-0, to open the second quarter on a 7 yard rushing score by Towns which capped an 8 play 84 yard march, followed by Bruso’s next extra point. NCHS would get the ball back when BHS’ next series ended in a punt,, and Price would use the keeper play to score from 7 yards out to increase that lead to 35-0, after another Bruso extra point.

BHS would get on the scoreboard with 1:08 until halftime when Raiders senior quarterback Tyler Stewart would connect with junior running back Cary Stewart from 30 yards out to cut the Ironmen’s lead, 35-7 following senior kicker Drew Humprey’s extra point.

NCHS would get one more score as Price would connect with Rahuba from 25 yards out as time expired on the clock for the half to increase the Ironmen’s lead, 42-7 after Bruso’s extra point.

Sophomore running back Varshaun Dixon scored from 20 yards out at 7:32 in the third quarter, and Bruso’s extra point gave NCHS a 49-7 lead. As a result, game officials at that point, employed the use of the Illinois High School Association Mercy Rule, using a continuously running clock, stopping it only for team timeouts or injury timeouts.

BHS FootballThe final score was reached when BHS junior quarterback Ben Nibur dashed into the end zone for the Raiders’ last score of the night from five yards out, followed by Humprey’s extra point.

“Our kids played well,” NCHS head coach Wes Temples said after the contest. But he admitted errors on the field need to be cleaned up, such as late hits leading to penalties.

“We honestly felt we had an opportunity to find some schemes within their defense,”,Schmelzer said of his team’s offensive plan of attack. It was a strategy that failed to pay off. “I’m disappointed from the offensive side of the ball because that’s what I’m supposed to be responsible for.”

Beating BHS gave NCHS its 20th consecutive Big 12 victory win, NCHS visits second ranked Peoria on Oct. 2.

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