Sunday, October 24, 1999

Bellevue 37, NewCath 23

Enquirer contributor

        Newport Central Catholic football coach Bob Schneider hurried off the field at Newport Stadium, not wanting to stand around in the wind and chilly rain and rehash his Thoroughbreds' 37-23 loss to Bellevue Saturday night.

        “We played our butts off,” he said. “We played them tough. I hope we get them again (in the playoffs), because we'll play them just as tough.”

        “I'm sure they will — or tougher,” Bellevue coach Charlie Coleman said.

        Coleman had just watched his Tigers (9-0, 4-0) clinch the Class A District 5 championship behind an effectively balanced offense and defense that was less stifling than normal. Bellevue had allowed just 25 points in its previous eight games, but NCC (3-6, 3-1) wore down the Tigers with sophomore running back Steve Everson before narrowing the final margin with two late touchdowns.

        Everson, who was averaging 30 carries and 136 yards going into the game, gained 185 and scored two touch downs on 36 carries against Bellevue.

        “He's the best back we've played against this year,” Coleman said. “They did some good things, but we were disappointed with our defense.”

        Bellevue countered with the two-pronged running attack of juniors Chad Montgomery, who gained 92 yards and scored one touchdown on 20 carries, and James Delaney, who scored second-half touchdowns on runs of 43 yards and 1 yard and gained 146 yards on 11 carries. Junior quarterback Nate Berkley was just dangerous enough with two touchdown passes to senior Sonny Rechtin among his four completions to keep the NCC defense off kilter.

        “We've been doing that all year,” Coleman said.

        “This is the biggest win we've had this year,” said senior defensive back Thomas Fogelman, who intercepted two passes. He was including Bellevue's 17-0 victory over perennial powerhouse Beechwood earlier this year. “This one was for the district championship.”

        Bellevue scored on two of its three first-half possessions and an interception to take an 18-7 halftime lead. Montgomery scored on a 7-yard run to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead on a drive that was kept alive when an NCC player jumped offsides as Bellevue was preparing to punt. Delaney's 50-yard burst three plays later set up the touchdown.

        NCC responded with Everson. The sophomore carried the ball 11 times for 60 yards on the Thoroughbreds' 13-play, 86-yard drive. He left the game for a play after sliding hard into the padded bottom of a light pole, but he returned to plunge 1 yard and set up NCC for a brief 7-6 lead.

        Bellevue came right back with a long kickoff return by Delaney that touched off a three-play possession. Berkley opened it with a 36-yard pass to senior Greg Duell down to the NCC 10-yard line. He then hit Rechtin with a 6-yard pass for the go-ahead touchdown.

        NCC quarterback Hank Bosley's floating pass was intercepted by Fogelman, who picked his way 38 yards along the sideline for Bellevue's third touchdown.

        Bellevue ....... 6 12 13 6—37

        NCC ....... 0 7 8 8—23

        B — Montgomery 7 run (kick failed)

        N — Everson 1 run (Sharp kick)

        B — Rechtin 6 pass from Berkley (pass failed)

        B — Fogelman 38 interception return (pass failed)

        B — Rechtin 27 pass from Berkley (pass failed)

        B — Delaney 43 run (Madden kick)

        N — Brown 25 pass from Bosley (Brennenstuhl pass from Bosley)

        N — Everson 4 run (Brown pass from Bosley)

        Records: Bellevue 9-0 (4-0 District 5); NCC 3-6 (3-1).


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