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Braves strike early in win over Bellefontaine

Springfield Shawnee hit Bellefontaine with an early flurry Friday and the Chiefs could not recover.

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Bellefontaine’s Jordan Baughman takes a handoff from quarterback A.J. Gorham as Gauge Hayman, right, looks on during Friday’s home game against Springfield Shawnee. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

The Braves jumped out to a 27-0 first-half lead en route to a 41-10 victory over host Bellefontaine in a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail division football game.

The Chiefs slip to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the CBC, while the Braves improve to 5-3, 2-1.

Shawnee scored two minutes into the game on a 47-yard run by quarterback Tyler Bostick. The Braves added two more touchdowns later in the opening period to make the score 20-0.

The lead grew to 27-0 in the second period before Bellefontaine’s Zach Gingerich booted a 27-yard field goal for a 27-3 halftime score.

“Playing against a team like Shawnee, you know you are going to be fighting an uphill battle,” said BHS head coach Chris Schmidt. “Getting behind early like that makes it really difficult.”

The Braves, who played in the Division III state championship game last year, piled up 327 rushing yards and had 493 yards of total offense.

Shawnee averaged seven yards per rush.

“They were able to control things with their running game,” said Schmidt. “When a team runs the ball well, it makes their passing game better because you have to start selling out to try to stop the run. Give them credit. When they threw the ball, they made some good throws and catches.”

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