OTTAWA HILLS – The first quarter was a stalemate. The second was manageable. The third period was when the wings fell off the fuselage for the Edon Bombers, as the Ottawa Hills Green Bears completed a run of 34 unanswered points in a 34-8 thumping of the visiting Bombers on September 28.
After a scoreless first period, the Bears got on the board with a 26-yard touchdown pass with 3:48 left in the half. The PAT failed, and the home team had a 6-0 lead at the half.
The manageable deficit got ugly for Edon in the third period as OH scored at the 9:31 mark. The turnover bug bit hard on Edon, as the Bears converted an interception into a pick-6 at the 7:07 mark, and 26 seconds later the Bears were in the endzone again on a 27-yard run.
Ottawa Hills made it a 34-0 game at the 4:00 mark in the third on a 26-yard touchdown run, but the Bombers finally busted up the shutout in the ensuing possession. With 3:24 remaining in the third, Kaden Sapp found Connor Hug for a 23-yard touchdown strike to put the Boys in Bomber Blue on the board. The 2-point PAT was good, but Edon could do no further damage and the Green Bears got a small measure of revenge for the 54-0 strafing put on by the Bombers in 2011.
Hug ran the ball 11 times for 35 yards to lead the Bombers, while Brock Thiel pulled down 5 passes for 95 yards. Sapp was 12 of 22 for 134 yards through the air, with a touchdown and a pick.
Edon welcomes Hilltop to Leanne Field on October 5 for the annual renewal of the Battle of the TAAC West.