It was Homecoming week in West Branch and the Bears certainly showed their home crowd how West Branch Football is played.
Much like last week at Bellevue, the Bears scored early and often. After a Durant fumble on the opening kickoff, the Bears only needed 28 seconds to put the game's first points on the board, thanks to a short run from Luke Lenoch.
The Bears' defense forced a punt on the Wildcats' first drive but freshman Derek Sparks (who also caused the fumble on the opening kickoff) blocked the punt. A couple plays later, Lenoch got into the endzone once again to put his team up 14-0 early.
On the Bears' third possession of the game, they marched down deep into the redzone and senior Devin Kindon tallied his first touchdown of the season with a 13 yard run. Still in the first quarter, West Branch lead 21-0.
In the second quarter, the Wildcats started to find an offensive rhythm and put themselves on the board thanks to an 8 yard quarterback keeper. However, their 2 point conversion try was no good.
Later in the second quarter, the Bears found themselves with a 4th and long situation from the Durant 10 yard line. Rolling to his left, Cooper Keonig throws a bullet to senior Hunter Wargo who gets himself another touchdown reception this season. At the half, West Branch lead Durant 28-6.
On the Bears' first drive of the second half, Luke Lenoch busts a 40 yard run that turns into a touchdown, thanks to some great blocks by Wargo and Barnes on the edge. The next drive? Similar result. This time, #32 (Lenoch) goes 32 yards into the north endzone once again for his 4th touchdown of the evening.
After the Bears' defense was pinned with their backs to their endzone, they managed to prevent the Wildcats from scoring and took over on downs at their own 8 yard line. The next play? A beautiful 92 yard throw and catch from Cooper (Koenig) to Cooper (Kabela), of course. The tight end outran all Durant defenders and into the record books (along with Koenig) for longest passing touchdown play in school history. 48-6 West Branch in the 4th quarter.
Durant wasn't done. The next drive, the Wildcast marched right down the filed and called off a great drive with a 35 yard TD pass down the seam.
Next West Branch drive, Brandon Rummelhart was in at quarterback, and the Junior threw a beautiful fade to Jacob Stika in the corner of the endzone for the Bears' final touchdown of the night. Bears win their 2015 Homecoming game 55-13.