BEDFORD — Knock, knock, knock.
All game long Elyria rapped on the door of opportunity, but nobody answered except the Bedford Bearcats.
Bedford’s 36-0 win Friday really didn’t tell the whole story.
“All night,” Elyria coach Sean Arno said. “All night. Then all of a sudden, turnovers, miscue on the (fake) punt, and now we’re giving them the ball.
“I don’t have any answers. We work hard, we’re in the game — we could have won this thing. We were knocking on the door early but we can’t fumble the ball in the red zone.”
Sure, the Bearcats (1-1) won and won easily. Sure, the Bearcats displayed a pair of outstanding running backs that made plays when necessary. Sure, the Bearcats had a couple of receivers worthy of attention. Sure, Bearcats junior quarterback Cameron Allen came in to clean up freshman Raymell Hester’s inexperience.
But Elyria spent a good portion of the game within striking range only to come up empty every single time. The Pioneers (0-2) saw drives stall or turned over at the Bedford 18, 6, 30, 22, 2, 30 and 32. Two fumbles and a couple of botched fake punts took away a few of those chances.
Bedford coach Sean Williams saw it a little differently.
“We had some really good stands inside the green zone,” he said. “We were able to get some good stops. We were able to force some turnovers early. Before the game, I said this is something we have to do.”
There were bright spots for the Pioneers.
Junior Adaveon Drummer, who sprang loose for an 85-yard catch-and-run last week against Avon Lake, broke another long one only to be stopped at the Bedford 11-yard line. Drummer took a pitch from senior quarterback Jermele Nolen and broke loose for a 71-yard sprint before the Bearcats ran him down. That drive stalled at the 2.
Drummer finished with 90 yards on just six carries. He also caught three passes and returned a couple of kickoffs for good yardage. Nolen shook off his early fumble trouble to run for
57 yards on 16 attempts, but the Pioneers’ passing game was inconsistent at best — 6-of-17 for 40 yards between Nolen and junior Denzel Sykes.
Defensively, Elyria’s Sinquae Grant had an interception but again the defense couldn’t make the stops it needed. Bedford managed to make big plays all night either running or passing. The Bearcats outgained the Pioneers 358-181.
Bedford’s tandem of runners — Aaron Stone and DeCarleon Townsend — combined for 171 yards on the ground. Allen came in to replace Hester early and certainly made the switch look good. He found Jiovanny Holmes on a sideline pattern and Holmes turned it into a 65-yard score. Holmes caught five balls for
97 yards and Jaden Smith caught eight for 81.
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Bedford 36, Elyria 0
Elyria 0 0 0 0 — 0
Bedford 6 8 8 14 — 36
B -- DeCarleon Townsend 8 run (kick failed)
B -- Aaron Stone 3 run (Jaden Smith pass from Cameron Allen)
B -- Jiovanny Holmes 65 pass from Allen (Stone run)
B -- Smith 12 pass from Allen (run failed)
B -- Ryan Cloud 2 run (Jadean Calloway run)
First downs 10 14
— by rushing 5 5
— by passing 2 8
— by penalty 3 1
Yards rushing 139 171
Yards passing 42 187
Total offense 181 358
Passes att./comp. 17/6 17/13
Intercepted by 1 0
Fumbles/lost 3/2 1/0
Penalties/yards 1/3 7/60
RUSHING -- (E) Adaveon Drummer 6-90, Jermele Nolen 16-57, Jaheim Atkinson 7-12, Denzel Sykes 5-(-20). (B) Aaron Stone 9-114, DeCarleon Townsend 10-57, Ryan Cloud 4-14, Jasean Calloway 2-7, Cameron Allen 7-0, Raymell Hester 1-(-8).
PASSING -- (E) Nolen 5-13-40-0-0, Denzel Sykes 1-4-2-0-0. (B) Allen 12-15-182-2-0, Raymell Hester 1-3-5-0-1.
RECEIVING -- (E) Drummer 3-14, Atkinson 2-20, Aaron Frost 1-8. (B) Jaden Smith 7-81, Jiovanny Holmes 5-97, Verterio Smith-Lowery 1-9.