Bellevue quarterback Alec Foos runs for three touchdowns in win over Cougars.
FINDLAY — Kenton Ridge is used to running back Jayden Davis frustrating teams. They got a taste of what it’s like to be on the other side on Saturday.
Bellevue quarterback Alec Foos ran for three touchdowns and 140 yards and also threw for about 75 yards and a score to help lead Bellevue to a 28-21 win. The Redmen built a 22-0 halftime lead and never looked back, though Kenton Ridge made a late comeback attempt.
Bryce Ray also ran for over 100 yards for the Redmen, who moved the ball with ease through much of the game with a no-huddle offense.
“We can’t practice (Bellevue’s offense) with 11 J.V. kids out there; it’s not just the same,” Kenton Ridge head coach Joel Marratta said after the game. “We got acclimated with the tempo (in the second half) and we were finally okay.”
Bellvue stuffed Kenton Ridge’s rushing attack in the first half. The Cougars’ had 36 yards on offense in the first half compared to 229 to Bellevue. But the Cougars’ didn’t quit in the second half.
Jordan Bailey forced and recovered a fumble after a Bellevue interception early in the third quarter, and Davis scored two plays later 27-yard run. On the next drive, Foos led the Redmen down the field on capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run to take a 28-7 lead.
Davis had several big runs in the fourth quarter and scored on a one-yard run with 10:48 left. Bellevue then had a long drive and ate six and a half minutes off the clock, but the Redmen turned the ball over on downs deep in Kenton Ridge territory with 3:39 left.
A big pass from quarterback Noah Schleinitz to Tyler Batten and a big run from Davis quickly moved the Cougars into the redzone. Schleinitz threw a nine-yard pass to Josh Ricket to cap off the drive 1:18 left in the fourth.
Bellevue recovered the ensuing onside kick, but the Redmen had poor clock management in the last minute and, after one Kenton Ridge timeout, turned the ball over on downs with 2.5 seconds left at midfield. Schleinitz threw a deep pass to several receivers and defenders in the end zone, which fell incomplete.
Davis had 121 rushing yards in the game, most of which came in the second half.
“I can’t get him off the field,” Marratta said. “He is such a competitor and will not tell you what is wrong. He just has that fire in him. He is the best player on the field out there tonight.”
Foos scored Bellevue’s last two touchdowns of the first half on 12-yard and 3-yard runs. He capped off the second score with a two-point conversion run to give Bellevue a 22-0 halftime lead.
“I like what we started with in the second half,” Marratta said. “We made no adjustments to our running game. Just played better and were getting off the blocks with some nice runs by Davis.”
Bellevue advances to play Columbus Bishop Hartley in the Division IV, Region 12 championship game. Kenton Ridge finishes the season with an 8-4 record.