by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Belle Plaine played solid defense, and scored early and often, on its way to a 60-12 win over Leon-Bluestem in Belle Plaine Friday. The Dragons got their second win of the season and their first home win in four years.
Belle Plaine scored the first four times it had the ball, and on six of eight first half possessions. One of the drives ended when a run appeared headed for the end zone but was fumbled and Bluestem recovered.
Bluestem rarely got into Belle Plaine territory, and rarely mounted much of a drive as the Dragon defense swarmed and did not allow much running room. The Lions had 82 yards rushing, and 62 of that came on one play in the second half.
Belle Plaine was blasting big holes and getting good yardage often, rolling up 259 yards on 28 carries. Quarterback Bo Gooch was also on target, completing eight of 13 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. On Belle Plaine’s first play from scrimmage he threw a 26 yard pass to Caleb Stover, which set up a three yard scoring run by Gage Shook. Stover ran for two.