Bengals Remind Bantams Who’s Boss

4 09 2010

 Lewiston 25, Clarkston 13

CLARKSTON — According to Lewiston High head football coach Emmett Dougherty, this year’s rivalry game between the Bengals (1-0) and the Clarkston  Bantams (0-1) had a different feel leading up to kickoff.  Despite holding a distinct 25-3-1 advantage in the series since 1981, he said it felt as if his team was the underdog.

“This was kind of a unique year in the rivalry,” said Dougherty.  “There wasn’t any talk about us.”

That wouldn’t be the case after the game.  Lewiston racked up 177 yards on the ground and while limiting Clarkston to -19 yards rushing enroute to a 25-13 victory.  In doing so, the Bengals moved to 70-37-6 all-time against their cross-river counterparts.

On the opening offensive possession, it seemed like it might be a long night for the Bengals defense.  Senior quarterback Brady Arnone led the Bantams down the field using his arm and legs.  Eventually, the drive ended with a one-run Colby Hansen touchdown run as Clarkston grabbed and early 6-0 lead.

“The focus to stop their passing game was to get to Arnone.  After the first series, we really pick it up,” said Dougherty.

Indeed they did.  After senior quarterback Beau Kerns hooked up with senior wideout Camden Bernatz on a 45-yard bomb to tie the game at six on the ensure drive, Lewiston’s defense took over.  The Bengals pressured Arnone all night, sacking him five times and causing him to throw under duress countless others.  The Clarkston senior singal-caller finished the game 24-of-37 for 270 yards, but also tossed three inceptions due to the lack of protection from his newly formed offensive line.

“He got hit way to much,” said Clarkston head coach Dave Curtis.  “He kind of tried to force one pass, but he was pressured a lot.”  With that in mind, coach Curtis also added Arnone carried his team offensively.  “I was pretty proud of him.  He did a good job.”

It didn’t help that the Bantams run game was virtually non-existent, allowing the Bengals to pin their ears back.  Hansen – who rushed for over 1,000 yards last season – picked up just 11 yards on 11 carries.  “We didn’t run the ball well at all,” Curtis said.  “I was a little disappointed up front – we’re a lot better than that.  You need to run the ball (as least) a little to be effective.”

A big reason for the Bantams struggles up front had plenty to do with the Bengals, who dominated the line of scrimmage the entire game.  “We really did”, said Dougherty.  “We had a really good rotation of six or seven guys … and it kind of wore them down.”

Offensively for the Bengals, senior Beau Kerns was awfully impressive in his debut undercenter.  Filling in for Justin Podrabsky who signed with the Idaho Vandals after a record setting career in the valley, Kerns completed 10-of-20 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns.  His second TD-toss mid-way through the second quarter put the Bengals up for good.  Senior wide receiver Connor Imel’s acrobatic grab in the right corner of the endzone gave Lewiston a 12-6 lead.

Kerns also added 67 yards on the ground.

“He’s pretty dynamic,” said Dougherty inregards to his athletic quarterback.  “He’s the perfect quarterback for the offense we’re trying to run,” said the proud coach.  “We really want to be balanced.  Once we get some things cleaned up its going to be hard for people to get dialed in on us and know what to focus on.”

For one rivalry newcomer, he said he enjoyed his introduction.  “I’ve never been in a rivalry game, so it was sweet,” said Lewiston senior Ryan Humphrey – a transfer from Timberline High in Boise.  After rushing for a 20-yard score in the third that put the Bengals up 25-13, he said the guys proved something.  “I think we’re going to be real good,” added a confident Humphrey.

As for Clarkston – the second-ranked 2A team in the state of Washington – it’s back to the drawing board.

 “We were really excited for this game … things just didn’t fall our way,” said the Bantam’s 24-year head coach.  “The biggest improvement happens between the first and second game and we need to take a big jump.  This is a good team, we just have to play like we’re capable of.”

Lewiston           6             12          7             0             25
Clarkston         6             0            7             0             13

Team Totals
                      Lewiston          Clarkston
Rushing                   177                         -19
Passing                    126                         270
Total                        263                         251

1st Downs               11                            10
Turnovers                3                              3

Penalties                   5                              4
Yards                        35                            35

Individual Leaders
Clarkston – B. Arnone 24-37, 270 yds, 0 TD, 3 INT
Lewiston – B. Kerns 10-20, 126 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT

Clarkston – C. Hansen 11 car, 11 yds, TD
Lewiston – T. Broemling 15 car, 94 yds, TD

Clarkston – C. Hansen 7 rec, 73 yds
Lewiston – C. Imel 7 rec, 62 yds, TD




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