Once again this season, Bertha-Hewitt traveled to new territory when its football team visited Laporte on Friday night. The Bears were not very gracious guests as they scored on five of their first six possessions on their way to a 44-7 victory over the Wildcats.
Bertha-Hewitt rushed for 312 yards on the night and held Laporte to just 157 yards in total offense.
Ethan Kimber scored a touchdown with a run of 17 yards to cap off the Bears' first drive. Kimber also ran in the two-point conversion to give the visitors a quick 8-0 lead.
A three-and-out by the Bertha-Hewitt defense gave the offense the ball back with good field position. Kimber took advantage of good blocking by the front line and scored on an 11-yard run to make the score 14-0.
The Bears domination of the front line continued into the second quarter as the offense scored 30 points and forced three Wildcat turnovers. Cody Brown picked up two interceptions in the second quarter. The first interception led to Kimber’s third touchdown of the night. Raphael Ortiz ran in the two-point conversion to give the Bears a 22-0 lead. Brown’s second interception led to a Charlie Nienaber touchdown. Zach Mousseau completed the two-point conversion pass to Cory Bertram to stretch the lead to 30-0.
Andrew Becker added a touchdown run in the second quarter and Nienaber ran in the conversion try to increase the margin to 38-0. Brett Jansen recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Nienaber ran in his second touchdown of the night to round out the scoring for the Bears.
“Tonight was a good performance for all of our players," said Bertha-Hewitt head coach Rick Harig. "Everyone got some playing time and we were able to try some players in different positions. Our team leaders did an outstanding job making sure we came out ready to play and didn’t take anything for granted.”
Laporte fought to the very end and scored with less than a minute to play in the game. They were successful in kicking the extra-point to finalize the scoring at 44-7.
The Bears were led by Kimber’s 82 yards rushing on 9 carries. Ortiz added 80 yards on 6 carries and Nienaber ran for 78 yards on 4 carries. Jansen led the defense with 5.5 tackles and one tackle for a loss. Zack Waln pitched in 5 tackles and 8 assists.
“So many players contributed in this win that no one has the 'blow you away' stat line," Harrig added. "That shows our growth as a team and the ability of a number of guys ready to play.”