By Rick James
VINA - Hitting the road, the Phillips Bears
cruised by the Vina Red Devils for the 44-14 win on Friday, Oct. 17.
With the win, the Bears improved to 8-1 overall
and 4-1 in Class 1A, Region 8 while the Red Devils fell to 1-7 and
1-5 in the region.
The Bears looked to make a statement when Josef
Bates took the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Phillips led
8-0 after the successful two-point conversion.
Vina and Phillips swapped punts on the next two
The Red Devils put together a 32-yard drive
before failing to convert on a fourth-and-three to turn the ball over
The Bears handed the ball to Bates, who took it
60 yards for a touchdown. With the two-point conversion, Phillips
took a 16-0 lead.
Vina took over and was able to establish a run
game, going in for the score. A successful two-point try made the score
16-8 in favor of Phillips.
Looking to seize the opportunity, Vina attempted
and recovered the onside kick.
After a 14-play drive, the Red Devils scored, but
failed to convert the two-point try to make the score 16-14 in favor of
Just before the half, Phillips completed a screen
pass to Bates for 38 yards, in which he was brought down just shy of
the goal line to leave the Bears with a slim two-point margin heading
into the break.
Vina received the ball to open the second half,
but failed to move the football. Phillips forced a fumble on the third
play of the drive.
The Bears were stopped on the ensuing drive,
after failing to convert on a fourth-and-21.
Phillips once again forced a fumble on the third
play of the next Red Devils’ drive, this time in the red zone.
After three quick plays, Crumpton took the ball
into the end zone for a score.
The Bears failed to convert the two-point try to
make the score 22-14 Phillips.
The Bears’ defense held strong and forced a
Red Devil punt.
Crumpton scored on the first play from scrimmage
from 55 yards out.
After converting on the two-point try, Phillips
had a 30-14 lead.
After forcing another punt, the Bears handed the
ball to Bates, who scampered into the end zone from 52 yards out.
Phillips converted on the two-point try to make the score 38-14.
Phillips’ defense held strong on a
fourth-and-four to force a turnover on downs on Vina’s next
The Bears marched down the field before Austin
Clay punched the ball in for the score.
After failing on the two-point try, Phillips took
a 44-14 lead over the Red Devils.
The score held as the final after the Bears
defense held the Red Devils scoreless the rest of the game.
Phillips will host Decatur Heritage in
Class 1A, Region 8 play on Friday, Oct. 24.