The Bears’ JV football team won in their first road game of the year, edging Watertown 28-26.
The Bears faltered on their first possession with a fumble recovered by Watertown, but sophomore linebacker Daven LaFaver got the ball back for the Bears with an interception that he returned to the four yard line. Two plays later, sophomore Quarterback Daniel Mahoney punched it in with a QB sneak, led by sophomore Center Noah Crespin. Mahoney then connected on a short pass to sophmore Wide Receiver Lane Rayburn for a successful two point conversion.
The next score came in the second quarter when great team defense led to another Bears possession. The drive started off hot, when Mahoney connected with Rayburn for a 61 yard gain that moved the Bears to the two yard line. The Bears then punched it in with another QB sneak.
Then, with 48 seconds left in the first half, the Bears looked as if they would score again, but a fumbled snap gave Watertown the ball. Watertown then struck quickly with a long touchdown, and a successful two point try. They then recovered an onside kick and scored again, this time failing on the two point try, making it 14-14 going into halftime.
The Cyclones got the ball to start the second half, and scored to make it 20-14. The cyclones again could not cash in on their two point try.
The Cyclones led into the fourth quarter, until Mahoney connected with freshman Wide Receiver Erich Zuhlsdorf for a 48 yard touchdown pass. The Bears were not successful on their two point try.
With about four minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Bears’ D had the Cyclones pinned deep in their own territory. When Watertown attempted to punt it was blocked by freshman Defensive Tackle Archie Green. The ball was recovered in the end zone by sophomore Defensive End Jonah Longshore for a touchdown. The Bears cashed in on their two point try with another QB sneak and took the lead 28-20.
With about two minutes to go, Watertown scored again to make it 28-26 but a sack on their two point try by freshman Defensive Tackle James Bailey helped secure the win for the Bears.
The Bears are back in action at home this Friday at 4:15 against OFA.