Boyer Valley put 40 points on the scoreboard in the second half on Friday night, as the Bulldogs opened their 2019 Eight-Man football season with a 72-28 victory over Ar-We-Va at Dunlap.
The loss, meanwhile, dropped Ar-We-Va to 1-1 on the young season, as the Rockets opened a week ago with a thrilling 56-50 triumph in overtime against Griswold at Westside.
BV junior quarterback Gavin Reineke had himself quite a night behind center, completing 24 of 34 passes for 399 yards and eight touchdown through the air, including three apiece to twin-brothers Dylan and Lucas Berens.
Offensively, BV tallied 498 total yards in only 57 plays.
The Bulldogs led 32-6 at halftime. In the third quarter, the two teams combined for 46 points, as the host outscored the Rockets 24-22 en route to a 56-28 lead going into the fourth.
BV then scored all 16 points in the fourth.
Reineke and Dylan Berens connected for TD throws of 60, 40 and 30 yards, as the receiver finished with nine catches for 201 yards in all.
Lucas Berens had TD catches of 22, 10 and 13 yards and finished the night with eight grabs for 120 yards.
Reineke also hooked up with Hunter Soma for TD throws of six yards and Greg Mumm for 12 yards.
"The guys came out and executed with a passion we haven’t seen in a while. We struggled in the third quarter a little, while Ar-We-Va closed the gap to 10 points via two turnovers and a kick return, but the team rallied and finished 44 points ahead," commented Boyer Valley coach Cody Malone.
"The offensive unit of Sam Lantz, Cade Cunningham and Michael Heffernan all had stellar nights with tons of pancake blocks and allowing plenty of pocke time for the offense to put up numbers like we did."
"Defensively, I was proud to see that we limited Ar-We-Va to only six points in the first half and just 127 yards on 49 plays in the game," Malone added.
Damon Ehlers scored twice for Ar-We-Va, the first on a three-yard run in the opening quarter and the second on a 26-yard fumble recovery in the third.
Will Ragaller also had two TDs for the Rockets with a six-yard run and a 72-yard kickoff return for paydirt in the third.
Ehlers finished with 17 carries for 49 yards and the one rushing TD and the fumble return for another score.
Ragaller ran for 22 yards on 13 carries with the one TD run and had three receptions for 47 yards to go with 182 total yards on kickoff returns, including a 72-yarder for a TD.
Cooper Kock was 4-of-11 through the air for 74 yards with two interceptions.
Kock led the Rockets on defense with nine tackles, while Dalton Ehlers had seven tackles and an interception. Cody Self had six tackles and Damon Ehlers finished with five.
"We ran into a talented football team with some big targets in their passing game. It was difficult for us to match up with their 6-4 wide receivers, and they did a good job of taking advantage of that," commented Ar-We-Va coach Chris Petersen.
"I was extremely pleased with the way the kids came out of halftime re-energized and got themselves back in the game. The kids never folded when they could have," the Rocket boss remarked.
Defensively for BV, Heffernan led in tackles with five solos and six assists. He also returned an interception 18 yards for a TD. Hunter Soma also had five solos and five assists.