HOWE — The rain wasn’t the only thing coming down with a fury as the Bulldogs offense poured it on the Bells Panthers in their non-district matchup, 30-15, for a homecoming win on Friday night.
The Panthers (1-2) got on the board first in the first quarter, showing off their crisp passing game. Bryan Ponder connected with Jacob Monroe on a two-yard completion for the touchdown the Panthers had the momentum in their favor with a 7-0 lead. Monroe led the team with six catches for 39 yards.
Howe (3-0) responded in the second quarter with a physical one-yard touchdown run by Cameron Blesi, unfortunately the point-after-attempt was unsuccessful and the Bulldogs trailed by a 7-6 score.
The Bulldogs took the lead with a 14-yard Austin Lee touchdown run and Layton Elvington managed to sneak into the end-zone for a two-point conversion that gave Howe a 14-7 lead.
Howe started pulling away with the game after a Blesi five-yard touchdown run followed by a successful two-point conversion giving the Bulldogs a 22-7 lead in the third quarter.
Blesi put the final nail in the coffin in the fourth quarter with a strong three-yard touchdown run and another Elvington two-point conversion as the Bulldogs took a 30-7 lead.
Ponder, who was 21-of-36 for 130 yards, managed to get points on the board one more time for Bells with a 19-yard pass completion to Bo Baker and then Ponder rushed for a two-point conversion giving the game its final score.
“I’m happy with the way the kids played tonight,” Howe head coach Bill Jehling said. “They fought through some adversity early that really hurt us. Overall I’m proud of our kids but I want us to keep striving to get better, get closer to playing great football every game. We inched a bit closer today. But we are looking to strive to get better each week.”