Broncos cruising along
ATHENS — Unbeaten Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon/Bement has yet to be tested through two rounds of the Class 1A playoffs.
The Broncos raced to a 37-0 lead and let junior varsity players finish off Saturday’s 37-13 win against Athens. Their average margin of victory this postseason is 27 points.
“I’m sure a close game will come as the playoffs move on because you don’t expect to come close to a running clock every week,” Cerro Gordo coach Andy Kerley said. “But we have a lot of talented kids, and when we put it all together we have a pretty good team.”
Steve Isbell rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns and made 11 tackles to lead Cerro Gordo (11-0), which will host Auburn next Saturday in Bement.
“We’re moving on and hoping to get to DeKalb,” Kerley said.
Cole Blickensderfer passed for 135 yards and two touchdowns to Gage Fowler before stepping aside for reserves.
“We got after it early,” Kerley said. “We made our point.”
Jay Woods and Justin Klein each had 12 tackles. Dee Woods, who rushed for 89 yards and two scores, added 11 tackles.
In their playoff opener, the Broncos shut down New Berlin’s passing attack. On Saturday, Athens ran the football 43 times with little success.
“We’ve seen two different offenses, and combined our varsity has allowed only one score,” Kerley said. “Defensively, we’re playing well.”
Maroa-Forsyth 24, A-L/A-H 19. Tyler Schuring and Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond trailed 18-0 before rallying.
Schuring, who passed for 183 yards and a touchdown, helped the Knights close the gap to 18-13 with a 4-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. Then, Maroa-Forsyth fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Knights recovered. Jordan Feagin then scored on a 14-yard touchdown run to give the Knights the lead.
But the Trojans struck back quickly to retake the lead. After a 55-yard gain on a hook-and-ladder play, the Knights were set up. Facing third and 3 from the 25, Schuring’s pass was bobbled and eventually intercepted by the second-seeded Trojans to seal the victory.
Tri-Valley 23, Argenta-Oreana 7. Cameron Hupp had a touchdown for the Bombers, who fell behind 10-0 at halftime.