The Bloomer Blackhawks fell to the Cumberland Beavers 28–34 in overtime Friday night, Sept. 27 to slip to 5–1.
The Blackhawks scored first for the sixth week in a row. Again this week, senior Leif Iverson found his way into the end zone for the first touchdown on a 7 yard run with just 4:08 left in the quarter. Senior quarterback Isaiah LaGesse ran the ball in for the 2-point conversion and the Blackhawks led 8–0. That was the final score of the first quarter.
Both the Blackhawks and the Beavers battled it out in the second quarter but it would only be Cumberland who scored in the second quarter. The Beavers found the end zone on a 6 yard run with 4:48 to go in the quarter and then again on an 8 yard Jack Martens pass with 1:02 left on the clock. Both 2-point conversions failed and the first half ended with the Beavers leading 12–8.
The Blackhawks exploded onto the field after the half-time, performance by the Bloomer Blackhawks marching band, and took the lead with a touchdown in just over a minute on an 8 yard Carter Rubener run. The 2 point conversion failed and with 10:54 to go in the third quarter the Blackhawks lead 14–12.
The Beavers regained the lead with 5:01 left on the clock in the third quarter on a 23 yard run by Martens. The 2-point conversion was good and Cumberland lead 20–14.
But it wasn’t long and the Blackhawks scored another touchdown. Faced with a fourth down and 12 yards to go Bloomer went for it and LaGesse threw a 15 yard pass to junior Charlie Herrick who caught it for the first down. With four more downs the Blackhawks moved the ball to the five yard line and from there Iverson once again found the end zone with 1:41 left on the clock in the third quarter. Iverson scored the 2-point conversion and Bloomer lead by two, 22–20.
The Blackhawks widened their lead over the Beavers when Carter Rubenzer took the ball across the goal line from 5 yards out for a touchdown with 8:42 left in the fourth quarter. The 2-point conversion failed and Bloomer lead 28–20.
Down by a touchdown and a 2-point conversion the Beavers battled back and scored a touchdown with 5:26 on the clock. The 2-point conversion was good and the game was tied 28–28.
With the score tied at 28 at the end of the fourth quarter the game went into overtime. In overtime the ball is spotted on the 25 yard line and, in this case, Cumberland got the first try at moving the ball and scoring. After making a first down and moving the ball to the 9 yard line the Beavers scored a touchdown and lead 34–28 after a failed 2-point conversion attempt.
Bloomer’s chance came next when the Blackhawks got the ball on the 25 yard line. However, they went four and out when they came up a yard short of a first down on their fourth play and the game was over.
Bloomer moved the ball a total of 468 yards in 91 plays and Cumberland moved it 359 yards in 70 plays. The Blackhawks threw three interceptions and the Beavers threw two. Neither team lost a fumble.
This week Bloomer ran the ball for 318 yards and passed for only 150 yards. The Beavers passed for 146 yards and rushed for 213 yards.
LaGesse connected with five different receivers for 11 receptions out of 24 attempts. Iverson was the top receiver, catching the ball twice for 52 yards. Junior Ethan Rothbauer caught the ball four times for 47 yards, Dalton Grambo caught two passes for 22 yards, Charlie Herrick caught two passes for 19 yards and Colton Buchli caught one pass for 10 yards.
On the ground, Iverson lead the team with 26 carries for 159 yards, two TDs and a 2-point conversion; Rubenzer ran the ball 23 times for 127 yards and two TDs; Buchli ran the ball six times for 37 yards; Rothbauer ran once for 11 yards; LaGesse kept the ball once for negative 8 yards and ran in a 2-point conversion.
The Blackhawks(5-1) take on the Barron Bears (1-5) in Barron on Friday night, Oct. 4.
Bloomer 28, Cumberland 34
Friday, Sept. 27, 2019
Bloomer 8 0 14 6 0 28
Cumberland 0 12 8 8 6 34
B – L. Iverson 7 Yd Run TD (I. LaGesse run.)
C – 6 Yd run TD
C – J. Martens 8 Yd Pass TD
B – C. Rubenzer 8 Yd Run TD
C – J. Martens 23 Yd Run (2 Pt conversion)
B – L. Iverson 5 Yd Run TD (L. Iverson Run)
B- C. Rubenzer 5 Yd Run TD
C – 9 Yd Run (2 Pt conversion)
C – J. Martens 9 Yd Run TD
468 Total Yds. 359
91 Total Offensive Plays 70
150 Passing 146
318 Rushing 213
3 Interceptions Thrown 2
0 Fumbles Lost 0
9/84 Penalties/Yards 4/37
5-13 3rd Down Conversions 7-13
2-6 4th Down Conversions 2-3
Rushing – L. Iverson 26-159 (2 TDs), C. Rubenzer 23-127 (2 TDs), C. Buchli 6-37, E. Rothbauer 1-11, I. LaGesse 1- -8. Passing – I. LaGesse 11/24 – 150. Receiving – L. Iverson 2-52, E. Rothbauer 4-47, D. Grambo 2-22, C. Herrick 2-19, C. Buchli 1-10.
Kickoff Returns – C. Rubenzer 3-21/32, L. Iverson 1-17.
Tackles (Unassisted/Assisted) – C. Lueck 5/4, J. Zettlemeier 4/5, B. Haseltine 4/5, D. Cook 3/4, C. Herrick 2/3, C. Rubenzer 1/1, D. Grambo 1/0, T. Tozer 1/2, G. Grambo 1/1, D. Tallman 1/1, M. Holstad 1/0, P. Readinger 1/0, B. Schindler 0/2, Z. Baier 0/2, A. Thur 0/1, K. Prince 0/1.