Bean, Cougars help Bazzle stay perfect versus Saint

Nick Bazzle has never lost to St. Stephens High School on the football field. His team kept that record perfect on Friday.

The Cougars got off to a great start and cruised to a 41-0 victory over the Indians in both team's Northwestern 3A/4A opener.

The win was Bazzle's 14th against the Indians with the previous 13 coming as the head football coach of Newton-Conover.

"It was important for us to get a win tonight" Bazzle said. "We didn't get off to a good start this season, but for us to win tonight is great,"

After trading possessions to start the game, the Cougars (2-3, 1-0) got on the board first with a 26-yard touchdown run by quarterback Luke Bean. After the two-point conversion, Alexander Central led 8-0.

Bean helped the Cougars grow their lead to 21-0 with a pair of touchdown runs of 29 and 43 yards before halftime.

Casey Anderson added a 43-yard touchdown run, while a 75-yard run by Jordan Renegar closed out the scoring in the first half, putting Alexander Central up 34-0 at the break.

The Indians (0-5, 0-1) tried to find an offensive spark in the first half with quarterback Marvin Sutton and running back Warren Boyette.

The two combined for 64 of Saint's 95 yards in the half, but the Indians couldn't manage to get onto the scoreboard.

"We are nowhere close to where we need to be, but we are improving in some aspects," said Indians coach Chris Bunting.

The only score of the second half came the Cougar's way when Renegar returned a fumble recovery 13 yards for the score.

Renegar and Bean combined for 168 yards of total offense for Alexander Central, which amassed 246 total yards in the contest.

Sutton tried to get Saint on the scoreboard late, but he fumbled near the goal line to close out the contest.

Sutton was a bright spot for Saint, finishing the game with 127 yards rushing.

The Indians continue to search for their first win of the season when they travel to Hudson to take on South Caldwell (5-0, 1-0) next Friday night.