It’s been 11 years since Bunker Hill started a regular season 4-0. The Bears broke that streak Friday against the Fred T. Foard Tigers doing what they do best — running the ball and eating the clock. The Bears defeated the Tigers 34-13 at Foard and improved to 4-0 for the first time since in 12 seasons.
Bunker Hill (4-0) gained 254 yards of total offense, and 164 of those yards came from junior running back Reggie Davis, who had 19 carries.
Foard looked good on its opening possession. Tre Robinson took four of the team’s first five carries for 67 yards setting up the Tigers’ first score of the night.
Robinson ran it in from four yards to cap a seven-play, 75 yard drive which gave Foard an early 7-0 lead.
“We came out fat and happy I thought,” said Travis Conner, Bunker Hill’s head coach. “We’ve been going through it hard though, and Foard’s running back Robinson is a heck of an athlete.”
The Bears drove late in the first quarter and Davis added 20 yards rushing as the Bears got down to the Tigers’ 1-yard line, but Bunker Hill did not score before the end of the quarter. To start the second quarter, Justin Lynch, who had two interceptions on the night, capped a 10-play, 54 yard drive with a 3-yard scoring run tying the game at 7.
The Bears rallied to score 14 unanswered points before halftime with Davis scoring from 14 yards out. Davontaye Wilson intercepted a pass from Foard quarterback Steffan Gettys at the Tigers’ 47 and returned it 28 yards to set up the second touchdown. Lynch scored the final touchdown of the half from 3 yards out to finish a five-play, 63-yard drive to give the Bears a 21-7 halftime lead.
In the second half, Davis picked up where he left off and put the Bears ahead 27-7 with 10 minutes 36 seconds left in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run.
The Tigers responded with a 13-play, 71-yard drive with Robinson carrying most of the weight setting up a 11-yard scoring pass from Gettys to Skyler Hollar cutting the Bears lead to 14.
After a Bears turnover midway through the third quarter, the Tigers took over inside the Bears’ 40. They, however, did not take advantage of the turnover.
Lynch ran 19 yards on a five-play, 62-yard drive and capped it off with a 28-yard scoring run to put the icing on the cake as the Bears escaped with a 34-13 win.
“We came out hot early on” Foard head coach Ryan Gettys said. “Once they were able to score there late, I think it kind of wore on us.”
The Tigers only added 60 yards in the second half and finished with a 188 total yards. Robinson added 170 of those 188 yards while Steffan Gettys added 18 yards passing on 2-of-5 passing.
The Bears head into a bye week, and Foard plays Sept. 17 at Newton-Conover.