Can’t begin to say how proud I am of the Bellmont FB team. Those kids & coaches stuck w/ it after going 0-9. Would’ve been real easy to phone it in going into sectional. It’s proof to the character of our kids & coaches to go out & win not once but twice so far. #perservere
— Dale Manis (@BellmontAD) October 27, 2018
(10-28-18) -In most US states Bellmont would have already packed away all of their football equipment for next season, had their football banquet and would be looking forward to the upcoming basketball season. In Indiana that is not the case, every high school football team is a part of the season-ending playoffs, plus their is no seeding, just a blind draw. For Bellmont they are just fine with that kind of set-up for the playoffs.
When the regular season ended the Bellmont Braves would head into the first game of the sectional without a win 0-9, that’s correct no wins. Like many have said over the years-
when it comes to the start of the playoffs, the record doesn’t really matter everyone starts out at 0-0.
- Class 3A – Section 28 Bellmont, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, Garrett, Heritage, Lakeland, Norwell, West Noble
Bellmont drew Garrett for the 2018 Sectional opener, the Braves would win that opener beating a 2-7 Railroaders team 16-6. Not much fanfare, but a nice time for their first win and a chance to play again.
This past Friday Bellmont opened a lot of eyes around Indiana when they beat Ft. Wayne Concordia 28-20, who entered the game with a 5-5 record.
The Braves trailed by seven points entering the fourth quarter, Johnathon Wilder would throw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Lehman to make it a 21-20 game. Bellmont’s Colin Mills who had three carries for 82 yards and two touchdowns, scored the game-winner on a 58-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Highlights of Bellmont’s win over Ft. Wayne Concordia
VIDEO: From 0-9 in the regular season to 2-0 in the postseason @BellmontHS is on a roll after Colin Mills (@Cmillsy3) and company knocked off Concordia 28-21 tonight! @BellmontAD @bellmontFB @KoachBallard pic.twitter.com/WzL61iw4Ya
— Glenn Marini (@GlennMariniWANE) October 27, 2018
It might’ve been the biggest upset of the @IHSAA1 playoffs – so far. @BellmontAD/@bellmontFB comes from behind to down Concordia in sectional play
Highlights plus reaction feat. @KoachBallard, @33Macklin, @Cmillsy3 & @AaronLehrman 👇 pic.twitter.com/oRsdFB4X85
— Justin Prince (@JPrinceFOX55) October 27, 2018
This week Bellmont will play for a Sectional title when they face Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers (7-4), who beat West Noble 45-21 on Friday, the Chargers ended the season with an 8-3 record.
WANE TV You Tube Video
So don’t count out the Braves chances of winning a sectional title next week? Especially when you consider that Bishop Luers beat Concordia on September 7th 34-31 in 2 OT, it should be a good match-up.
Did you know…
- Bellmont is located in Decatur, Indiana hometown of ‘Hoosiers’ Director David Anspaugh