Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, ranked 10th in the 9-Man class improved to 5-0 with a 52-30 victory at Bertha-Hewitt Friday night.
The Bears took a 6-0 lead on a one-yard run by Holt Truax at 7:16 of the first quarter.
Hillcrest answered in the final minute of the first when Sean McGuire completed a pass to Chris Tungseth that went for a 15-yard TD. Jordan Foss booted the extra-point kick to give the Comets a 7-6 advantage.
In the second quarter, Kyler Newman ran the ball in from four yards out and Foss booted the PAT kick with 9:20 left in the half, giving HLA a 14-6 lead.
McGuire's two-yard run and the extra-point by Foss put the score at 21-6 with 3:50 left in the half.
With 1:42 remaining before the break McGuire scored again, this time from nine yards out. Foss’ made the score 28-6 at halftime.
In the third quarter McGuire completed an eight-yard touchdown pass to Collin Erickson and Foss tacked on the 35th point of the night.
Foss was then accurate from the 30 yard line on a field goal attempt with 6:28 remaining. With 5:10 left in the third quarter, Newman scored from nine yards out and Foss kicked his sixth PAT.
The Bears’ Raphael Ortiz ran into the end zone from the six yard line and Ethan Kimber carried the ball in for the two-point conversion, making the score 45-14 after three quarters.
The fourth started with Sam Ihrke scoring his first varsity touchdown for Hillcrest on a 62- yard run from scrimmage just 48 seconds into the quarter. Foss added the PAT to close out the Comets’ scoring.
Bertha-Hewitt scored on a 57-yard run by Kimber and a two-point conversion run by Cody Brown to cut the lead to 52-22. Brown added a 39-yard TD run and the Bears converted a pass from Adam Bauch to Cory Bertram which made the final score 52-30.
Hillcrest had 414 yards of total offense, compared to 312 for the Bears. The Comets had 196 passing yards and held the Bears to only six passing yards on the night.
Individual leaders for Hillcrest were McGuire (15-25, 196 yards, 2 TD's), Newman (16 carries, 89 yards, 2 TD's), Ihrke (5 carries, 78 yards), Tungseth (5 receptions, 69 yards, TD) and Newman (4 attempts, 68 yards).
Kimber ran for 132 yards on 17 carries to lead the Bears.
"Bertha-Hewitt came out strong and ready to play," commented Head Coach Charlie Brue of the Comets. "It took us a while to get on track."