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Chiefs’ balanced offense dices up Raiders

Bellefontaine unleashed a diverse offensive attack against Benjamin Logan on Saturday. The result was a 590-yard offensive output and a lopsided Chieftain victory.

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Bellefontaine’s Dorion Hughes runs away from the Benjamin Logan defense for a 53-yard touchdown Saturday afternoon at Ben Logan. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

The Chiefs passed for 274 yards and rushed for 316 yards in a 52-6 victory over the host Raiders in a Central Buckeye Conference crossover football game.

“We are not to the point where we have played a complete game, but we were a lot closer to accomplishing that today,” said BHS head coach Toby Smith. “The kids are doing what we asked them to do. We are excited about the progress we made today, but we still have a long way to go.”

Bellefontaine evens its record at 2-2, while the Raiders remain winless at 0-4.

The game was played Saturday afternoon after it was postponed because of heavy rain and storms Friday night.

Bellefontaine dominated in every phase. The Raiders were held to 164 yards of offense. Ben Logan lost three fumbles, was penalized five times for 55 yards and completed just 1 of 9 passes.

“We just can’t allow ourselves to make that many mistakes,” said Ben Logan coach Carleton Cotner. “We have no margin for error. Turnovers really hurt us.”

The Chiefs’ spread offense gouged the Raiders for big plays all afternoon. It was a balanced effort as six different players ran the ball and seven Chieftains caught at least one pass.

Jordan Baughman rushed for 135 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries, Dorion Hughes also hit the 100-yard mark with 103 yards including a 53-yard TD dash and Jake Kennedy threw and ran for scores to power Bellefontaine.

Receiver A.J. Gorham also made his mark with 10 grabs for 159 yards and a touchdown.

“Our offense is designed to spread the ball out over the entire field,” said Smith. “When we are successful executing our offense, a lot of kids should be getting opportunities to make plays.”

Bellefontaine dominated in the trenches. The Chiefs averaged 7.7 yards per carry on the ground.

“They really handed it to us up front,” said Cotner. “We couldn’t stop the run. When you can’t stop the run, you are going to be in trouble. Their offensive line really controlled our defensive front.”

Bellefontaine set the tone on its first offensive possession of the game, zipping down the field for a 5-play, 60-yard scoring drive that was capped by a 2-yard Baughman TD run.

After forcing a Ben Logan punt, Bellefontaine moved the ball to the Raiders’ 11-yard line on a long drive. However, the Raiders recovered a Chieftain fumble to end the threat.

Bellefontaine bounced back to score touchdowns on its next three offensive possessions.

Baughman scored on runs of 5, 15 and 1 yards to give the Chiefs a 28-0 lead with 6:51 left in the first half.

The visitors tacked on another score with 55 seconds remaining in the second quarter on a 7-yard keeper by Kennedy. That score put BHS up 35-0 at the break.

Bellefontaine continued to pile up points in the second half.

Kennedy, who completed 19 of 26 passes, tossed a 7-yard TD pass to Gorham and Hughes ripped off his long TD run to make the score 49-0 at the end of the third quarter.

The Chiefs added a 30-yard field goal by Zach Schmid in the fourth quarter. Schmid also made all seven of his extra-point kicks on the day.

Ben Logan got on the scoreboard with 1:57 remaining in the game on a 3-yard Brady Bechtel touchdown run.

Bechtel led the Raiders with 75 yards rushing on 17 carries. David Wenger had 50 yards rushing on eight carries.

Freshman Joel Dixon made the start at quarterback for the Raiders. He ran for 33 yards on 10 carries.

“I definitely saw some improvement,” said Cotner. “We tackled better as the game went on and we did a better job of being in the right positions in the second half.

“It’s frustrating for our kids because they are not seeing the results on the scoreboard, but as coaches we can see the progress. We are a better team this week than we were at this time last week. We just have to continue to get better every week and eventually our work will pay off on the scoreboard.”

Calieb Johnson chipped in 44 yards rushing on five carries for Bellefontaine, while Hayden Nease contributed 40 receiving yards on four catches.

Andrew Carothers, Chase Miller and Jonathan King each recovered fumbles and Miller was in on nine tackles to lead the Chieftain defense.

Bellefontaine hosts Indian Lake on Friday, while Ben Logan travels to Tippecanoe.

Bfn. 52, Ben Logan 6

Bellefontaine    7    28    14    3    –    52

Benjamin Logan    0    0    0    6    –    6

TEAM STATISTICS        BFN        BL

First downs    27    10

Total net yards    590    164

Rushes/yards    41/316    40/164

Passing    274    0

Comp-att-int    19-25-0    1-9-0

Punts/avg    0/0    6/34.3

Fumbles-lost    2/2    6/3

Penalties-yards    5/39    5/55

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