Bowsher and Woodward kicked off the weekend’s City League matchups with a Thursday night contest at Bowsher.
It was quite an opening for the Rebels.
Bowsher scored its first two touchdowns within the first three minutes of the game without the Rebels offense ever stepping on the field en route to an 84-7 win before a couple hundred in attendance.
Bowsher (2-4, 1-0 CL) took a 56-0 cushion into halftime.
“I think the kids played hard, and they did a nice job,” Bowsher coach Craig Lubinski said.
Woodward (0-6, 0-1 CL) dropped its 49th loss in a row as Bowsher scored on offense, defense, and special teams.
“It was a good first quarter, and the defense played great,” Bowsher quarterback Mac Jewell said.
The Rebels’ good fortunes against the Bears commenced almost immediately.
Woodward’s first snap from scrimmage resulted in the first crowd-pleasing play of the night for Bowshwer fans. Bears quarterback Andres Rojas and halfback Charles Moss collided in the backfield while attempting to complete a handoff and the football fell to the turf. Bowsher’s Koresion Barron ran untouched into the backfield and scooped up the loose football on his way to a 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
With only 13 seconds elapsed, Bowsher led 8-0 after Phoenix Reid ran in the two-point conversion.
Woodward’s next possession lasted three plays longer than their first before it was derailed with the Bears’ second turnover of the night. An errant long snap fluttered over the head of Bears punter Carlos Jimenez deep in Woodward territory. Bowsher’s Frank Rush retrieved the football and returned it five yards for a touchdown. Jewell connected with Kenny Jones for a two-point conversion to make it 16-0 with 9:36 remaining in the first quarter.
Woodward played the rest of the night without Rojas, who was sidelined with an injury during the Bears’ second offensive series. Freshman QB Trevon Edwards was called into duty, and he connected with sophomore wideout Javon Edmond for a 40-yard TD completion on the first play of the fourth quarter to help the Bears avoid a shutout.
Bowsher’s offensive unit scored for the first time against Woodward midway through the opening quarter when Reid capped a 43-yard, four-play scoring drive with a three-yard carry into the end zone to give the Rebels a 24-0 cushion. Their offense came through with four more TDs in the second quarter.
Reid capped off Bowsher’s first two scoring drives of the second with runs on 10 and 8 yards to help the Rebels pad their advantage to 40-0.
Khane Collins came through with Bowsher’s seventh TD of the night when he took a handoff from Jewell and scored on a nine-yard run.
Kenny Jones helped his own cause when he intercepted a pass that ultimately set up Bowsher’s next score — a 32-yard touchdown completion from Jewell to Jones with 14 seconds to play in the half.
The Rebels and Bears played two eight-minute quarters after halftime.
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