Bunker HIll overcomes slow start, ousts St. Stephens
The Bunker Hill football team might start out slow, but it certainly knows how to finish.
The Bears used a 39-point second half, propelled by quarterback Colton Chapman, to blow past county rival St. Stephens on Friday for the 46-7 victory in Claremont.
The second half surge was the second for Bunker Hill in as many weeks. It trailed 14-13 at halftime last week to Cherryville before going on to win 42-14.
The Bears (2-0) racked up 454 yards of total offense in the victory, including 136 from senior running back Justin Lynch.
Defense set up Bunker Hill's first score less than 20 seconds into the contest.
Following a Stefan Gettys' interception, Chapman connected on a 35-yard pass to receiver Quad Lawrence to make it a 7-0 Bears lead with 11:42 remaining in the first.
Despite getting the ball two more times in Indians' territory, Bunker Hill could not manage to score again in the first half.
St. Stephens (0-2) tied the game up in the second quarter on an 11-play, 77-yard drive paced by the rushing attack of Warren Boyett and Zach Fincannon. The lengthy drive was capped of by a one-yard touchdown run from Fincannon to make it 7-7 score.
The Indians attempted to score again late in the first half driving deep into Bunker Hill territory, but they turned the ball over on a Boyett fumble to keep the score tied at halftime.
Bunker Hill coach Travis Conner was not pleased with his team's play up to that point in the game.
"We played pretty poorly in the first half and made alot of mistakes," he said. "We weren't maintaining blocks."
In the second half, the Bears' offense exploded, taking the lead for good on the opening drive.
Eighteen seconds into the third quarter, Chapman raced 73 yards for a score to give Bunker Hill its second and final lead of the game.
Chapman scored again later in the second half on a 55-yard run after a muffed punt attempt. He finished the third quarter with five carries for 152 yards and two scores.
Jon Sweet added a pair of touchdowns — one each in the third and fourth quarters — while Lynch ran in a score himself to help propel the Bears to a 2-0 record for the third time in as many years under Conner.
"We were tough running the football, and we had alot of kids step up for us tonight" Conner said.
St. Stephens was held to one rushing yard in the second half and totaled 146 yards offensively.
Boyett led the Indians on the ground with 11 carries for 70 yards.
The Indians search for their first win next week when they host Newton-Conover (0-2), while Bunker Hill tries to go for 3-0 against winless North Lincoln (0-2).