RENSSELAER | Moments after Rensselaer’s resounding 24-0 win over Bremen on Friday night, much of the student body formed a huge circle in the middle of Harrsion Field to do Bomber jacks with the team.
It was emblematic of the Bombers effort as they captured their third regional title in school history, all coming since 2009. Rensselaer beat Bremen 35-28 in 2010 to win the regional.
The Bombers (11-2) capped a 9-minute drive with a 33-yard Luke Robertson field goal to put them up 17-0 with 4 minutes and 28 seconds left in the game.
“That’s the old Bomber football,” coach Chris Meeks said. “Grind it and eat the clock. As well as our defense and special teams were playing, I thought it was important that we ate the clock and get a score there and we did.
“When we went up three scores, I thought that would be the game.”
Adam Langley returned a fumble 11 yards for a score late in the fourth quarter for the final count.
Trevor Hill helped to jump start the offense in the second quarter and finished with 113 yards rushing and a TD. Rylan Arihood added 75 yards on 14 attempts.
“I get out there on the edge and I’ve got all my blockers out there in front of me,” Hill said. “I have a wall pushing everyone, and I’m right behind the wall.”
The Bombers opted for the dog offense and got things rolling in the second quarter.
“Once we went to our double-wing, foot-to-foot offense that opened up a lot of things,” Meeks said
Hill ran for 30 yards on his first carry to get the first scoring drive going. He finished it with a 10-yard sprint for a 7-0 lead with 10:52 left in the second quarter.
The dog worked to near perfection.
“We’ll tinker until we find something, and we’re prepared to go to it,“ Meeks said. “The kids executed it well for the second week in a row.”
Hill did much of the damage on the next possession, running for 51 yards on 7 attempts. Beau Boswell bulled in from a yard out to put the Bombers up 14-0 with 1:56 left in the first half.
“We were struggling with shotgun, so we switched to dog,” Arihood said. “It worked well last week, so we just came back to what was working.”
Rensselaer advances to next week’s semistate and will play at Tipton, a 56-2 winner over Oak Hill.
“It will be a battle for sure,” quarterback Dylan Wright said.