The Bunker Hill Bears (3-0) handed the North Lincoln Knights their third loss of the season 39-16 on Friday.
The Knights took a 7-0 lead on a 30-yard run by senior running back Scott DeLuca in the first quarter, and held the Bears scoreless through the first 12 minutes of play.
Those were North Lincoln’s only points until the fourth quarter, when Bunker Hill’s Ryan Huffman was tackled for a safety and freshman North Lincoln running back Jamario Thompson took a 10-yard scoring run to end the game.
DeLuca led the North Lincoln ground attack with 12 carries for 64 yards. Senior quarterback Cory Blake completed three of his 12 pass attempts for 36 yards, but was picked off three times. Senior defensive lineman David Spinner led the North Lincoln defense with five tackles.
“We played pretty well in the first half,” North Lincoln head coach David Maness said. “We moved the ball in the first half.”
The Bears were able to take advantage of several miscues by the North Lincoln defense.
“We had them backed up on their second possession, to third down and long,” he said. “They threw a little quick that should have resulted in a short play but we missed a tackle and the guy got a 20-yard first down. On the next play they ran an option and one of our young guys was lined up wrong. We didn’t have anyone on the quarterback and he went for a 50-yard touchdown.”