Valeâ€”On homecoming night at Douglas C. Leonhardt Memorial Stadium, the West Lincoln Rebels faced the Bunker Hill Bears. Both teams were looking for their first conference win.
The Bears won a hard fought game 29-20 in front of another large home crowd. Bunker Hill used a strong running game, lead by quarterback Martin Turbeville who scored two touchdowns. Bunker Hill`s defense held the Rebels to 181 total yards.
The Rebels running game never got on track, being held to only 113 yards. Rebel quarterback Taylor Woodie completed only six of 21 passes, but two were for Rebel touchdowns.
The West Lincoln defense lead by Daniel Soto, did play well in the second half, giving the Rebels a chance to pull out a victory, but a late fumble on a Bear punt was returned for a touchdown to put the game out of reach.
In the first quarter, both teams had trouble moving the football. On their second possession the Bears got on track with a five-play drive, scoring on a 29-yard run by quarterback Martin Turbeville. The extra point was good making the score 7-0.
West Lincoln junior Gene Arp brought the Rebel fans to their feet with a 43-yard kickoff return. The Rebels then scored on the next play. Junior Paul Chambers ran off tackle 34 yards for a Rebel touchdown. The two point conversion failed, making the score 7-6.
Martin Turbeville scored his second touchdown of the night in the second quarter. The extra point was good, making the score 14-6. The drive took 10 plays. The big play of the drive was a 54-yard pass from Turbeville to Damarius Miller.
On their next possession, West Lincoln again had trouble moving the football. The Rebels had to punt. Leading by eight points, Bunker Hill scored on their next drive going 51 yards in just six plays. Senior running back Colby Bolick scored on a three-yard run. The Bears two point conversion failed.
Trailing by two touchdowns, the Rebels put together their best drive of the night. West Lincoln was able to go on a 14-play drive that ended with the Rebels scoring on a 10-yard pass from Taylor Woodie to Dustin Hester.
The Rebels then went for two on the conversion, but failed making the score 20-12 with only fourteen second remaining in the first-half.
The third quarter was dominated by defense. Both the bears and the Rebels had the football three times in the quarter. Neither offense could move the football. After a Bunker Hill punt that pinned the Rebels on their two-yard line, the Bears came up with a big play. J. P. Killian was able to tackle the Rebel quarterback in the end zone for a safety, making the score 22-12.
In the fourth quarter, trailing by 10 points the Rebel defense forced a Bear punt. West Lincoln started their best drive of the second half from their own 18-yard line.
The Rebels put together a 10-play drive, scoring on a 12-yard pass. Quarterback Taylor Woodie found a wide open Ben Poole in the end zone. With the score 22-18, the Rebels again went for two. Woodie was able to score the two points on a quarterback keeper, making the score 22-20.
With two minutes remaining in the game, the Rebel defense had to stop Bunker Hill one more time. West Lincoln did just that, forcing the Bears to punt again. With only 31 seconds remaining the Rebels needed a big play but that did not happen. The Bears Trevin Bolick picked up a Rebel fumble and scored, putting the game out of reach.
While disappointed with the loss, Coach Parker was pleased with the play of his defense in the second half.
The Rebels record is 4-2 overall and 0-2 in conference play. West Lincoln will travel to Newton-Conover Friday night.
At halftime senior Kellie Chapman was crowned Homecoming Queen.
by Rick Mitchem and Jonathan Scronce