MONTGOMERY — It was homecoming night and the Montgomery Bears got back into the win column for the first time since the season opener on a crisp fall evening at MISD Stadium..
Against winless District 10-5A (Div. II) foe Cleveland, the Bears won 48-14 in their return to action Friday night.
Montgomery (2-5, 1-3) had been winless itself since a thrilling Week 1 victory against Vidor when it scored a last-second touchdown.
The loss for Cleveland (0-7, 0-4) was its 20th straight dating back to October of 2017.
Friday marked the Bears’ first game in two weeks after the school forfeited last week due to the ongoing Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a hazing incident that allegedly occurred on Sept. 27. Suspended students did not play against the Indians.
Montgomery’s last game was a loss at A&M Consolidated on Oct. 4.
“It feels good,” Montgomery coach John Bolfing said about the win. “We’re just glad to be back on the field playing again. I thought Cleveland did a good job. I think they are getting better every week. But I feel good about the way we played.”
Sophomore quarterback Brock Bolfing had a big night with four touchdown passes to four different receivers. He had 309 yards passing on a 21-for-31 night.
Junior running back Adavion Johnson also came through for Montgomery with four total touchdowns - three on the ground and one through the air.
Coach Bolfing was pleased with how his team performed all the way around other than when Cleveland opened the second half with an 80-yard kick return touchdown by Tyreich Terry.
“I thought we were pretty solid all the way around,” Coach Bolfing said. “Other than the one miscue on the big kickoff return. Other than that, we played well all the way around on defense and offense.”
Junior wide receiver Tre Harden gave Bears fans something to cheer for from the start on the first play from scrimmage. Harden caught a pass from Bolfing on the left, reversed his field and sprinted down to the 8-yard line for a 55-yard gain. Johnson then punched home a 2-yard score and the Bears were up a touchdown just 89 seconds into the game.
The Bears then marched 12 plays on their next drive, capped by an 8-yard touchdown reception in the end zone by Jacob Sandegren from Bolfing.
Johnson gave Montgomery a 21-0 lead with 1:03 left in the first quarter on his second touchdown run (8 yards). He then added his third touchdown of the game, but this time on a pass from Bolfing. Johnson hauled in an 11-yard reception for the 28-0 lead.
Cleveland got on the board on the ensuing drive. Terry took a direct snap and moved forward for a 12-yard score. Terry then added the 2-point conversion on a run.
Montgomery worked quickly down the field for its fifth touchdown before halftime. Bolfing hooked up with Justin Herman in the back corner of the end zone for a 10-yard strike with 36 ticks on the clock.
After the Indians had their second-half opening kick return for a score, Montgomery answered the call with Bolfing’s fourth touchdown throw of the night. This time he connected with a wide-open Josiah Gaetani at the 10:32 mark.
Montgomery had nine different receivers with receptions led by Harden who totaled 143 yards.
“We don’t really focus on one guy,” Coach Bolfing said. “We try to spread the ball around and make everybody defend the field. I thought (Brock) had a very solid game tonight. I hope he continues to get better and I think he’s doing that.”
Johnson followed with a 41-yard touchdown at the 3:11 mark of the third quarter - his fourth score of the night.
Johnson totaled 116 yards rushing and added 17 yards receiving. He 502 yards and five touchdowns coming into the night.
“He’s done a great job,” Bolfing said. “He’s tough to tackle, he runs hard and he’s physical. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. He’s had a really good season and just keeps getting better.”
Montgomery safety Kevin Johnson closed out the last Cleveland drive of the night with an interception. It the Bears lone takeaway of the night.
The Indians have struggled to produce on offense all season. Through the first six games, they scored 53 points and just 26 of those over the past three games. They lost 68-20 to Lake Creek, the other MISD school, last week.
Against the Bears, Cleveland totaled 184 yards with just the one turnover.
Montgomery travels to Lamar Consolidated next Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kick at Traylor Stadium. Cleveland hosts Bryan Rudder.