Football: Rensselaer blows past Bowman
By Brian Peloza Post-Tribune correspondent October 26, 2012 11:32PM
Updated: November 28, 2012 6:12AM
RENSSELAER — Bowman Academy had an opportunity late in the first half to make its Class 2A Sectional 25 semifinal with Rensselaer competitive.
The Eagles didn’t capitalize and the Bombers didn’t offer another chance in a 56-6 win.
Rensselaer (6-5) travels to play No. 9 Andrean in the championship next week.
Bowman trailed 21-6 late in the first half when it went on a 16-play drive that reached Rensselaer’s 12-yard line. A penalty and two sacks, though, ended the drive.
The Bombers effectively ended the game on the next possession. Rensselaer took seven plays to score and increased its lead to 28-6 on Rylan Arihood’s 1-yard rushing score with 17 seconds left in the first half.
“It just killed us,” Bowman coach Rob Gross said. “We practiced hard and have been out here since June, and we played hard, but we shot ourselves in the foot a little too much.”
Whatever hopes Bowman had of making a second-half comeback were put to a quick end. Within the first minute of the third quarter, Rensselaer quarterback Hunter Hickman found Avery Walker open for a 22-yard touchdown pass, and a 35-6 lead.
Bowman’s lone score came when quarterback Antonio Pipkin connected with Jaken Knight for an 80-yard score that made it a 7-6 game. Knight spun and broke two downfield tackles to score the touchdown.
The Eagles rushed for 115 yards on 46 rushes, but took losses on 13 of those attempts.
“It’s tough to throw against us because all of our linebackers are receivers,” Hickman said. “They’re fast and we’re playing better, responsible defense right now.”
Arihood finished with two rushing touchdowns, while Hickman threw three touchdown passes for the second consecutive week.
Ab Kiger (16 yards), Ryan Lattimore (22) and Braden Mattocks (5) each caught touchdown passes. Brad Boget rushed for a 36-yard touchdown, finishing 103 yards on 12 carries.