Maiden beats Bunker Hill in 70-46 shootout
"That was a dadgum basketball score."
These are words from Blue Devils coach Brian Brown following Friday's track meet of a football game between Maiden and Bunker Hill in Claremont.
Will Jenkins rushed for 315 yards and four scores, leading the Blue Devils (6-4, 5-1) to the 70-46 conference victory against Bunker Hill.
"It's just crazy," Jenkins said of his performance in Friday's game. "When you keep scoring like that, you are in a different state of mind. You just want to score every time you touch to ball."
Both teams combined for 1,004 total yards of offense, including Jenkins' 315 yards. For Bunker Hill, Reggie Davis led the way with 235 total yards and Justin Lynch added 220 total yards.
"It was a strange game," Brown said. "It was kind of like the old Mountain West games you could watch on Thursday nights. BYU would play someone and you'd wonder how a game like that could happen. It reminded me a lot of our St. Stephens game."
Trailing 35-10 at halftime, Bunker Hill came out with a different mentality and gameplan to try and get back into the contest.
It took seven plays after the opening kickoff of the half, but the Bears erupted on scoreboard for their second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard touchdown by Davis.
Following an onside kick recovery, Bunker Hill had the ball again with the Maiden lead down to 18.
"In the second half, we wanted to come right out and hit them in the mouth," Lynch said. "Our team played hard. I just think we found our weaknesses. We started coming together as a team and working together."
A costly fumble by quarterback Colton Chapman on third down-and-eight gave the ball back to the Blue Devils in great field position. Following a false start on the Bears, Jenkins made his adversaries pay for their offensive gaffe, running 64 yards on the first play of scrimmage for a touchdown.
Matching blow for blow, the Bears scored in three plays on the next drive on a 2-yard run by Lynch only to have Maiden follow in two plays with a 39-yard run by quarterback Matt Johnson.
The string of plays started a chain of five straight scoring possessions by both teams, which included a 4-yard touchdown run by Davis and 2-yard scoring run by Jenkins, his third of the game.
"It was crazy," Brown said. "I'm like the people in the stands. We gave it to Will, and he's the man. I think he has a lot of confidence right now. He thinks he can go at any time. I'm like everyone else. I just stand and watch."
Rushing for 370 yards in the game, Bunker Hill also reaped success in the passing game. Chapman connected on a 72-yard touchdown pass to Lynch, who scampered down the right side of the field and into the end zone.
Capping what had been an amazing offensive display by both squads, Grant Yowe scored on a 4-yard touchdown. Davis added his third score of the game late in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run up the middle of the line.
With his effort Friday, Davis added another notch to his belt, becoming the first Bear in history to break 4,000 career rushing yards. Last week against West Caldwell, Davis broke Darnell Lyerly's career rushing record at the school.
"I still want more yards," Davis said. "I want to set a record that no one else can break. I know they say records are meant to be broken, but I don't want mine broken. I think if we go into the playoffs, I can get 4,500 yards. Why not?"
The win keeps Maiden tied with Draughn (8-2, 5-1) for second place among CVAC contenders. The Wildcats, who won 49-14 against West Caldwell Friday, and Blue Devils play next week in Valdese.
"We've just got to keep playing and go one game at a time," Brown said. "Our goal was to come in and win, whether we scored one or 100. That was our goal. It is going to be a big game for us next week. We just have to play and see what happens. We've played against some good defenses. We'll see."
Bunker Hill finishes its season next week against Bandys, a key game that will determine the No. 4 finisher in the CVAC.
"We've got a big one next week. That will be a big, big ball game. With them winning tonight, it will be all the difference in the world for playoff seeds. There will be a lot on the line," said Bunker Hill Coach Travis Conner. "We have to come ready to play. Randy Lowman has those guys over there really balling this year."