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Valley Christian dominates Bellarmine for second straight victory

Charlie Kinne and Valley Christian won a 36-0 game at Bellarmine. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Charlie Kinne and Valley Christian won a 36-0 game at Bellarmine. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

The No. 4 team, Valley Christian, went into Bellarmine and controlled the ballgame from the first quarter to the fourth quarter. Valley Christian, in its run-heavy offense, continued to run the ball with a few big deep balls to its star receiver, Jurrion Dickey. Valley Christian (2-1) ran its way to a 36-0 victory over its WCAL foe, the Bellarmine Bells (1-2). 

The game started as a defensive battle. There were multiple three-and-outs both ways, and on the Bellarmine sideline there was electricity. The 0-0 defensive battle took a turn. The turning point in the game was a bad snap to the punter. A week after going viral and getting a shoutout from the Pat McCfee show and having his video featured on ESPN’s Instagram account, Bellarmine punter NIcho Domine looked to scramble again. He did an amazing job to get out of the end zone and save the team from getting a safety, but he was eventually taken down inside the 10-yard line. From that point, the Warriors scored on a Jackson Berman scamper. 

From this point on, Valley Christian took the momentum and ran away with it. The blowout began. Dickey decided to enter his way into the stat sheet. Like he does on a weekly basis, Dickey went up and got another victim.The amazing touchdown catch made it 15-0 after Jackson Berman scrambled his way in after the bad snap on the extra point. 

The first half dominance would continue, as the run game continued for the Warriors, and this time it was led by Chase Laubach. A couple big runs by Laubach were capped off by a 2-yard plunge into the end zone. That 22-0 score would be the score going into halftime. What seemed to be a close contested battle turned into a big deficit. All from a couple snaps that really changed the momentum. 

In the second half, the defense ratcheted up even more. The Valley Christian defense was not giving up yards and kept hitting Bellarmine’s quarterbacks hard. Dominic Oliver, William Cudi, Andi Etok and company decided they would pitch a shutout, and that they did. Multiple sacks, an interception and many, many hard hits kept the Bellarmine offense at bay. In the third quarter, it looked like Bellarmine started to gain some momentum before a defensive stand in the red zone kept a goose egg on the board. 

The second half offensively belonged to running back Jake Odjegbu. Hebroke out of the scrum, going all the way to house from about 50 yards out. He would have one more touchdown in the second half from 13 yards out. That would give him two touchdowns on the day on his 12 rushes. 

Valley Christian has not lost after losing its season opener to Serra, while Bellarmine falls to 1-2 on the season and will look to bounce back in its penultimate game next week.  

Box Score: 

Valley Christian

Passing: Jakson Berman: 83 yards, TD.

Rushing: Jake Odjegbu: 12 carries, 142 yards, 2 TD. Chase Laubach: 7 carries, 44 yards, TD. Elijah McLemore: 8 carries, 40 yards. Jakson Berman: 4 carries, 25 yards, TD. Jurrion Dickey: 2 carries, 18 yards. Andrew Beldi: 1 carry, 2 yards. 

Receiving: Jurrion Dickey: 2 catches, 45 yards, TD. Elijah McLemore: 1 catch, 8 yards.

Bellarmine

Passing: Thomas Anderson: 89 yards. Wade Smith: 69 yards. 

Rushing: Jaxon Sawyer: 11 carries, 34 yards. Philip Miller: 1 carry, 4 yards. Wade Smith: 1 carry, -2 yards.

Receiving: Nicho Domine: 5 catches, 33 yards. Griffin Waiss: 2 catches, 31 yards. Christpher Jaeb: 3 catches, 15 yards. Jaxon Sawyer: 2 catches, 13 yards. Diego Rocha: 1 catch, 1 yard.

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