Pekin loses to BGM in district clashLone Tree travels to Pekin for playoffs
BGM defeated Pekin 19-7 Friday, resulting in BGM winning Class A District 6 and Pekin finishing second.
BGM (9-0) started the scoring with a first quarter sneak at the goal line by quarterback Bryan Kriegel. Pekin answered with a seven-yard touchdown run by Chase Copeland.
The Bears would march into halftime leading 17-7 after another quarterback sneak for a touchdown. A fumble killed a potential scoring drive for Pekin late in the second quarter. Fumbles at inopportune times were key in both of Pekin’s losses this season.
“We gave three turnovers away tonight,” Pekin coach Joe Donovan said. “You can’t do that against a team like this.”
The second half was a defensive battle. The only score of the second half was a safety. Pekin’s Kolby Allsup intercepted a pass in the end zone, took a step out and then tried to kneel the ball back in the end zone, causing the safety.
“Our defense against the run was really good,” Donovan said. “Once we got the pass game under control they couldn’t move the ball on us. In the end, I’m happy but I’m not happy. That’s the way it goes.”
The closest game that the Bears had played all year was a 36-point victory over Lynnville-Sully. Pekin (7-2) by far put up the best fight that BGM has seen all season.
‘They did a great job of adjusting at halftime,” BGM coach Jerod Burns said about the Panthers. “I don’t think we did. We still pitched a shutout in the second half, so we’ll take it.”
Donovan is pleased with the effort his players put forth.
“They know they were in a football game tonight,” Donovan said. “No one has done that to them all year long and I’m really proud of our team. They’re ranked number one in the state and I don’t feel like we’re that far apart.”
Pekin gets Lone Tree in the first round of the playoffs that start Wednesday. Lone Tree finished the season 6-3.