The first round of the state 2-AA West playoffs did not go as planned for Bunker Hill. The Bears rolled into Shelby on Friday night a lot of momentum, but they sputtered offensively losing 38-6.
Bunker Hill was limited to 200 yards of total offense and was pinned on its half of field most of the night.
“They came in and played very hard, very physical,” said Shelby head coach Chris Norman. “They gave us a challenge. That three-headed monster gave us a scare all week, but our defensive unit played well, and we won the line-of-scrimmage battle against them.”
Shelby quarterback Daylan Fuller went 7-of-7 passing with 157 yards and two TDs. Running back Bryan Moss had 109 rushing yards and a touchdown on five carries and finished with two catches for 72 yards and two TDs.
Shelby plays next week at home against Black Mountain Owen, which beat Newton-Conover 28-25 in Newton. Norman said Owen is a tough team and will give the Golden Lions a tough game next week.
Bunker Hill’s Reggie Davis, Davontaye Wilson and Justin Lynch were held to less than 100 yards apiece one week after rushing for more than 600 yards. Davis led the team with 72 yards and 20 carries, and Wilson (21 yards) and Lynch (51 yards) combined for another 72. Senior running back Will Garrett scored the Bears’ only touchdown of the night with just over a minute left in the game.
The Golden Lions scored three touchdowns in the first quarter for a 21-0 lead, and they led 24-0 at halftime. Shelby added two more touchdowns before Garrett scored in the closing minutes of the game.
“I’m broken-hearted for our 18 seniors on this team,” said first-year Bunker Hill coach Travis Conner. “They had a great impact not only on the football team but on our school and our community. I’m proud of these 18 guys.”
Bunker Hill finished fourth this season in Catawba Valley 2-A going 7-4 overall and 3-4 in league play. Even though Friday’s loss ends Bears’ season, Conner and his staff are already looking to next season.
“Next year has already start for us,” Conner said. “The offseason program we have will start immediately, and now we will see how we respond. We are really excited about the future on The Hill.”