The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

September 3, 2013

Comets finish off win

CAMANCHE — Football coaches often say their teams make the greatest improvement between the first and second games of the season. With two days between halves, Camanche coach Steve Dougherty and Bellevue coach Chet Knake had a similar opportunity in their first game alone.

Both were satisfied with the results.

“Absolutely, we played better,” Dougherty said.

Bellevue was ahead 28-6 at halftime Friday when a lightning storm forced officials to suspend the game. The Comets finished off the 35-12 win Monday evening, with things a little more even.

“I’ve never played two halves of football on two separate days. It’s different. Took the weekend off, and I’m glad we came out and got the ‘W,’ “ Bellevue junior quarterback Keenan Ploessl said.

”It’s a unique situation,” Knake said. “I don’t blame Camanche for wanting to keep playing. They had to work on some things. It’s one of those things both teams have to deal with.

”We told them it’s just an extended halftime. We’ve got to find a way to get refocused and treat it like the score is 0-0 and come out and improve. We need to improve, too. We did a lot of things wrong in the first half. I don’t know how much we improved this half, but that was our goal to improve. Some kids stepped up and made big plays. This was a good learning half to take into next week.”

Dougherty said: “I’ve been doing this 24 years and I’ve never been in a situation like this where you had three days to finish a game. I don’t like it. Good or bad, I don’t like it.”

There certainly was more good when the game resumed than the Indians saw in Friday’s first half.

”We definitely played a lot better than on Friday night,” Easton McDaniel said. “You’ve just got to play the game how it’s played. Even though coming out with a deficit, we had a lot more intensity, built up a lot more adrenaline trying to get that ‘W,’ but you just kind of handle it like any other football game.”

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