Dougherty said the Indians did a much better job defending the Bellevue spread offense, which finished with 403 total yards. The Comets gained 220 of that in the first half.
”Absolutely we played better,” he said. “We had much better linebacker play than we did Friday night. The line made the improvements that we focused on Saturday and Monday morning. The coaches are pleased with what they saw. There’s still room for improvement. The kids will never let us down as far as working hard.”
Bellevue got big days from several offensive players. Ploessl completed 16 of 31 passes for 287 yards over the two days, Tyler Banowetz caught seven of them for 119 yards and Jace Michels carried the ball 17 times for 117 yards.
Ploessl directed a nine-play, 62-yard scoring drive to open the third quarter when play resumed. Tyler Banowetz made a leaping, diving, one-handed catch in the end zone on the third-and-20 play from the 21.
”That was an amazing catch,” Knake said.
”That catch was great,” Ploessl said. “Actually, to tell you the truth, it was all luck. I just kind of threw it up, and I got it to the spot where Banowetz could make the play.”
The Comets drove from their 30 to the Camanche 7 on their next possession in a drive marred by five penalties for 45 yards. It ended, though, when Ben Lawrence missed a 25-yard field goal attempt.
Camanche’s McDaniel broke off a long touchdown run down the left sideline on the next play, gaining 80 of the Indians’ 109 yards of offense in the second half.
”The linemen did their jobs,” he said. “I saw the hole and I saw daylight and I just went for it.”
Dougherty said: “We’ve got plenty of team speed. We’ve just got to improve the blocking up front. We’ve got to move our feet and maintain our blocks. That’s something the kids won’t shy away from. They’ll work very, very hard, and that’s one of the key factors to us coming in on Friday.”