Taming the Bulldogs

syeagle@demo-mo.comNovember 7, 2013 

Belton blanked Springfield Central in the first round of Class 5 district play Oct. 31 at Belton.

“I think we did a lot of good things,” Belton head coach Todd Vaughn said. “Our kids came out and they were excited to be here. We didn’t think before last week we were going to get a home game again. To be here for our seniors, to get this win in their last game, it’s pretty special. It’s a good memory for them.”

The Pirates started out the game with a 24-yard field goal in the first quarter by junior kicker Caleb Chevalier and kept going from there. Belton continued with a 38-yard pass from senior quarterback Tucker Perkins to junior wide receiver Daren Johnson.

In the second quarter, senior wide receiver Lewis Wilkins caught a 14-yard pass for a touchdown and sophomore running back Zach Willis ran in a 7-yard touchdown to put Belton ahead 24-0.

The Pirates scored twice more in the second quarter, on a 2-yard carry by Perkins and a 65-yard carry by Willis to give Belton a 34-0 lead at halftime.

“It feels good,” Willis said. “Everybody is doing their job and I can’t thank them enough.”

In the third quarter, Willis scored again, this time on a 1-yard run. Senior outside linebacker Romeo Clarke scored on a fumble recovery for the last touchdown of the game.

Perkins completed nine of 16 passes for 164 yards. Amijie Ross caught two passes for 60 yards, Johnson had two receptions for 42 yards and Wilkins had two catches for 25 yards.

Willis had 19 carries for 255 yards and Johnny Biondo had nine carries for 55 yards.

Tui Asaeli had six total tackles and one sack. Tucker Elkins had seven tackles and one sack and Larry Hall had four tackles, two for loss.

Belton, 3-7, traveled to Lee’s Summit West for the district semifinals Nov. 6.

“It’s a step in the right direction for us,” Vaughn said. “Our kids did a lot of good things. Hopefully that will continue in the future.”

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