RENSSELAER | The Rensselaer student body stormed Harrison Field after Friday night’s 20-6 victory over rival Kankakee Valley to reclaim the Cracker Barrel.
It was all about location for the Bombers -- make that field position.
Three of Rensselaer’s four first-half possessions started in K.V. territory. The Bombers (1-0) took advantage of some early field position to build a 20-0 lead
“The field position situation was a killer,” K.V. coach Brad Stewart said.
Luke Robertson booted two field goals around a 5-yard run by junior quarterback Dylan Wright to build a 13-0 lead.
After a K.V. turnover gave Rensselaer the ball on the Kougars 38-yard line, Wright connected with Dalton Souders with a 34-yard pass play to put the ball on the four. Wright snuck in from the one-yard line one play later for the three-touchdown lead.
“It was a terrific delivery and a terrific catch,” Rensselaer coach Chris Meeks said. “I thought that was huge. It made it a three-touchdown lead instead of a two-touchdown lead.”
Wright said he was looking for Souders.
“He’s the main man I go to,” he said. “We practice that route all the time in practice.”
K.V. (0-1) finally got on the board when Tony Clendenen broke a 73-yard touchdown run with 4:09 left in the third quarter.
Bomber Beau Boswell intercepted two Darick Webster passes to help keep the Kougars at bay.
“I had been messing up all week, letting the tight end go, so I‘m glad I got the picks for my team,” Boswell said. “Loved it.”
Boswell said the Bombers had to even the score against K.V.
“They ran all over us last year, so we wanted to make sure we stopped the run first and pass second. So I‘m glad we stopped it,” he said.
He said it felt good to get the trophy win.
“We love the Cracker Barrel, and we like it here,” he said.