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Bellevue bounces back to blast Toledo Start

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Sep 23, 2017 at 12:16 AM

BELLEVUE — Bellevue defeated Toledo Start Friday in its final non-conference game before hosting Norwalk for Homecoming and its first Sandusky Bay Conference Lake division game next week.

The Redmen (3-2) jumped out to a 14-3 lead after the first quarter and led 36-9 at the half en route to a 50-9 victory over the Spartans.

Bellevue held the Spartans to 23 yards passing and 26 yards rushing, while completing 6-of-13 passes for 80 yards, three touchdowns and one interception and rushing 45 times for 318 yards.

The Redmen got on the board first with a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter — the first in the air and the second on the ground. Dakota McPeak caught a 37 yard pass from Riley Renwand for the first score, then Treston Francis ran the second one in from 15 yards out. Hunter Notke kicked both PATs for the 14-0 lead.

Start's Jake Baumgartner kicked a 30-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-3.

In the second quarter, Bellevue scored three straight TDs before the Spartans found the end zone.

First, Francis ran in a 46-yard score, then McPeak caught a 17-yard pass from Francis. Finally, Bryce Ray caught a 15-yard pass from Renwand. The Redmen missed the PAT on the first score, but Francis ran in the conversion on the second score and Bryce McMurray caught the two point conversion pass from Renwand on the final TD.

The Spartans' Caleb Coine scored the team's only touchdown of the game on a one yard run for the 36-9 halftime score.

In the third quarter, Francis added a 19-yard TD run, while Mikey Pierce found the end zone on a 4-yard run in the fourth. Notke kicked both second half PATs.

Francis finished with 15 carries for 176 yards, while Ray had nine carries for 47 yards. Ray also caught three passes for 15 yards, while McPeak had three catches for 65 yards.

The first five-game stretch for the Redmen included games from teams in Canton, Bellville, Millersburg, Shelby and Toledo. Bellevue now closes the season against familiar foes in Norwalk, Perkins, Sandusky, Columbian and Clyde.

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