What a great Indiana High School 2A Football game at Don J. Bunge field on Friday night. The #1 and undefeated Rensselaer Bombers (13-0) made the long two and half hour trip east to face the Bremen Lions (9-4) in Bremen.
In the end Rensselaer made a 4th down defensive stance in overtime to beat the Lions 35-28.
It was like watching two heavyweight boxers exchanging blows in the first half where a total of 6 touchdowns were scored resulting in a 21-21 halftime score.
The critical score happened at the end of the 2nd quarter when the Bombers scored using 38 seconds of clock to tie the game, after Bremen’s Braxton Miller had scored to give the Lions thier first lead of the ballgame.
“”That score with 41.6 left was big against us.”, said Lion Coach Bob Holmes. “We had a let down on a couple of their plays and that hurt. You can’t give Rensselaer chances to make big plays.”, said Holmes.
The second half was also back and forth filled with penalties, key drives, a key injury to Bremen’s Braxton Miller with 10 minutes left in the game, and great plays like a fake punt-pass by Nate Leeper to Ben Hueni to keep the game tying drive alive!
The Bombers did have their chance to win the ballgame with 5 seconds left at the Bremen 5 yard line on second down. Brady Eagle who had been flirting with the right goal post all night off point-after kicks, pulled the game winning field goal attempt which sent the game into overtime.
The Bombers scored on their first possession in overtime on a Keaton Lyons scamper from the Bremen 4 yard line, while Bremen’s Nate Leeper was stopped at the Rensselaer 4 yard line on 4th down to end the Lions season at 9-4. Rensselaer will face 12-1 Fort Wayne Luers next week in the 2A Semi-State.