Salina Bombers Blast Bloomington Edge
Todd Pittenger - March 7, 2014 9:56 pm
It was an air-raid Friday night at the Salina Bicentennial Center, as the Salina Bombers blew the Bloomington Edge out of the building 56 – 20.
After winning the coin toss and deferring to the second half, the Bombers defense set the tone for the half, which turned out to be a defensive struggle.
After forcing the Edge on their opening possession to try a long fieldgoal from deep in their own end, the Bombers took over at midfield. They promptly put together a drive that culminated with a Keithen Valentine 2 yard touchdown run. The PAT was good, and with 8:01 left in the first quarter the Bombers led 7 – 0.
Neither team could do much on offense, and the quarter ended with the Bombers leading 7 – 0.
Bloomington tied the score early in the 2nd quarter. Andre Raymond scored from two yards out, and after the PAT the score was tied 7 – 7 with 13:40 left in the half.
The Bombers had a chance to grab the lead back, but were held on downs at the Bloomington goalline. Salina’s defense then came up big, thwarting a Bloomington scoring chance by forcing a fumble, and recovering it at their own 18. Following two penalities on the same play that included roughing the passer and an unsportsman like call on a Bloomingtom assistant coach, the Bombers had first and goal inside the 10 yard line. Keithen Valentine would score his second touchdown of the game, this time from a yard out. After the PAT, Salina led 14 – 7 with 2:13 left in the half.
Bloomington would come right back and tie the score. Less than a minute later Charles Dowdell hit Brandon Newber with a 24 yard strike. The PAT was good, and the score was tied 14 – 14 with 1:25 left in the half.
Salina would come back to take the lead on the fnal play of the half. Andrew Hunt kicked a 22 yard field goal with no time left on the clock and Salina lead 17 – 14 going into the locker room.
While it was the defense leading the way in the first half, the Bombers offense set the tone early in the second half. Dane Simoneau hit Attrail Snipes with a 27 yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage. The PAT was good, and Salina was up 24 – 14. The rest of the quarter was all Bombers, asthey would outscore Bloomington 26 – 0 in the quarter. Snipes caught another touchdown pass, Corey Ham caught a touchdown pass, and Keithen Valentine ended the quarter with a 4 yard touchdown run. The rout was on, and Salina was up 43 – 14 at the end of 3 quarters.
Salina would also dominate the 4th quarter. Attrail Snipes had 2 more touchdown catches, to finish with 4 for the game. Blooming finally got on the board for the first time in the second half on a 5 yard touchdown run by Andre Raymond to make the final score 56 – 20.
Salina quarterback Dane Simoneau finished the game 14 – 20 passing, for 182 yards and 5 touchdowns, before taking a seat late. Attrail Snipes caught 6 passes for 107 yards and 4 touchdowns. Keithen Valentine had 3 rushing touchdowns.
The Bombers are now 2 – 0 on the season, while Bloomington falls to 0 – 1. Salina’s next game is on the road, March 23rd, at Topeka against the Kansas Coyotes.