The Jonathan Alder football team was done in by its own formula Friday in a 19-6 home loss to Bellefontaine.
The visiting Chieftains (6-1) relied on a bruising ground game, got solid play from their quarterback and turned the opposition over twice in winning this Central Buckeye Conference tilt.
It’s basically the same way the Pioneers (5-2) have been able to beat teams this year. But in this night Alder was unable to pull everything together.
Bellefontaine racked up a whopping 457 yards of total offense, 257 of which came on the ground. It’s ability to run the ball, control the clock and keep Alder’s offense off the field was key to picking up the victory.
The Chieftains scored with 4:15 left in the first quarter on a 13-yard run Dezmin Lyburtus, a successful PAT made it 7-0. The visitors added a 28-yard field goal just before the half to take a 10-0 lead to the locker room.
Another 28-yard field goal by Derek Robb made it 13-0 in the third quarter. The score remained that way until the fourth quarter when Bellefontaine’s Jerome Smith plowed into the end zone from 4-yards out and a commanding 19-0 advantage.
Alder which has made a season out of winning close games couldn’t get it done against the Chieftains. Quarterback Preston Eisnaugle threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Drew Myers early in the fourth quarter, but that would be the only points the home team could put on the board.
Eisnaugle was 14 for 25 for 164 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. Myers caught six passes for 43 yards, Dalton Potts snagged four balls for 35 yards and Trevor Mitchell had two catches for a team-high 77 yards receiving.
Jamie Dye carried the ball 15 times for 88 yards in the loss.
Alder will look to get back to its winning ways when it travels to Tecumseh (2-5) Friday at 7 p.m.
Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.
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