Bertha-Hewitt made the long road trip to Moorhead to battle the Park Christian Falcons on Friday evening. The Bears enjoyed the trip home after a hard-fought 30-7 victory.
Offensively, the Bears rushed for 340 yards and passed for 26 yards. Defensively, Bertha-Hewitt created six turnovers, including five interceptions.
Cody Brown opened the game with a kick return to the 50 yard line to give the Bears good starting field position. Bertha-Hewitt rode that momentum all the way to the seven yard line getting a long run and a 20-yard catch by Raphael Ortiz. The Falcons defense stiffened and topped the Bears on downs to prevent a score.
Park Christian’s first drive showcased their passing attack as they drove down the field and scored on an eight-yard touchdown pass. The extra-point kick was good and the Falcons took an early 7-0 lead.
That lead was short lived as Jordan Frethem took a handoff on second down and ran 79 yards for a touchdown. Zach Mousseau ran in the two-point conversion to give the Bears a lead they would never relinquish.
Zack Waln got the ball back in the Bears' hand with an interception, but the offense was unable to capitalize. A Zach Mousseau interception thwarted another drive by the Falcons. This time the Bears offense was able to capitalize. Ethan Kimber scored from 15 yards out to push the lead to 14-7.
The third quarter started with Andrew Becker intercepting a second down pass to give the Bears the ball inside the Falcons' 40 yard line. Kimber continued to pound the ball and Frethem found the end zone on a five-yard run and a two-point conversion to give Bertha-Hewitt a 22-7 advantage.
The Bears' defense forced the Falcons to punt on the next drive and the offense took the field on their own 20 yard line. Bertha-Hewitt continued to pound the ball straight ahead at the Park Christian defense and used up all but 47 seconds of the third quarter on an 80-yard scoring drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown and conversion by Kimber to make the score 30-7.
In the fourth quarter, the Bertha-Hewitt defense continued to shine, stopping another Falcons drive with a fumble recovery by Holt Truax. After a stalled drive on offense, Cody Brown turned the Falcons over again with an interception at the two yard line which he returned to the 20. Later, Devin Dean ended the last chance the Falcons had at a second half touchdown with an interception in the end zone.
Offensively, the Bears were led Kimber’s 202 yards rushing, with Frethem adding 119 yards. Ortiz led the receivers with 20 yards receiving. Defensively, the Bears were led by Brown and Frethem with 5.5 tackles each. Kimber recorded a sack to go with 3.5 tackles, while Andrew Becker chipped in 4 tackles.
“Overall we played a good team game. Our defense played outstanding," stated Bears' head coach Rick Harig. "Credit Park Christian...they played extremely well in the first quarter and forced us to make serious adjustments on offense. Once we got going though, we were able to control the line of scrimmage and our line did a great job from the middle of the first quarter through the end of the game."