PERU - The St. Bede Bruins jumped out to an early lead Friday night but were unable to hold on as Kewanee held serve in the first half and overtook St. Bede late, winning 27-26.
“It’s a one-point game, it was an even game. I think they just played with a little more emotion than we did,” SBA coach John Bellino said, “I don’t know why. We thought our kids should be sky high and we played a little flat tonight at different times. We made some plays to come back but we dropped some balls, we missed some blocks, we didn’t run the ball well at times. All in all (Kewanee) wanted it more and they got it.”
The game was the first in divisional play for both Three Rivers South rivals.
The Bruins (2-1) scored first and led by as much as 13 points early in the third quarter (20-7). Then they seemed to begin wearing down.
Kewanee came roaring back in the next series on a Washburn pass to Jared Nimrick to get within a score. After a subsequent Bruin punt, the Boilers took the lead on a 6-yard touchdown run from Ryan Hicks and a Travis Claeys kick (21-20).
Shaw added his third score in the fourth quarter as the Bruins went up 26-21. But, Boilers quarterback David Washburn answered with a 27-yard pass to Jonah Harris and the Boilers held on to win the game.
The Bruins' Jack Brady slung the ball around, amassing 315 yards and one touchdown pass to Michael Bellino. On the downside, Brady also threw three interceptions. Justin Shaw led the Bruins with 60 yards and three touchdowns on the ground while garnering 115 receiving yards. Sam Halm led the Bruins with 122 receiving yards.
Washburn threw three touchdowns in the effort. Austin Vervynck was Kewanee’s leading rusher with 124 yards.