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St. Bede knocks Clippers from ranks of unbeaten

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 9th, 2012

AMBOY - The St. Bede Bruins were able to do what no other team has done to the Amboy/LaMoille Clippers this season - score more points than them in a game. St. Bede strung together three consecutive touchdowns in the middle portion of the game and it was just enough to post a 20-14 victory over the Clippers in Big Rivers Conference play on Oct. 5 at Amboy.

The Clippers got on the board first in the game when quarterback Tyson Powers found Cooper Nelson on a 68-yard touchdown strike with 2:33 left in the opening stanza. Powers drilled home the extra-point kick for a 7-0 Amboy/LaMoille lead.

The Clippers carried that lead into the second period when St. Bede was able to find the end zone on a 5-yard run by Austin Schwab, but the two-point conversion run was no good and A/L still owned a 7-6 lead with 10:11 left in the first half.

St. Bede quickly got the ball back and just as quickly got in the end zone again when quarterback Taggart Venegas plunged in from the 2-yard line at the 7:00 mark of the second quarter. Again, the two-point run failed and the Bruins held a 12-6 lead that they took to the locker room at halftime.

The two teams came out of the intermission and it took St. Bede just 20 seconds to score its third straight touchdown when Venegas found Brad Groleau on a 73-yard TD. The third time was a charm for the Bruins on their two-point conversion try as it was good and they held a 20-7 lead.

The Clippers climbed closer later in the third when Bailey Appleman struck paydirt from 2 yards out and Powers booted the extra-point kick to make it 20-14 with 5:25 to play in the third quarter.

That proved to be the last time either team put points on the board as the fourth quarter was scoreless.

Amboy/LaMoille ended with 215 total yards, while St. Bede accumulated 245 yards. Powers threw for 164 of the Clippers' yards, with Damon Quest catching four passes for 63 yards. Appleman gained 37 yards rushing on 14 attempts.

The Clippers will return to action when they travel to Manlius to take on Bureau Valley on Friday, Oct. 12. The sophomores will kick off the action at 5:30 p.m.

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