Herculaneum scored early and often Friday night as the Blackcats got a huge game from Senior quarterback Jackson Dearing and Senior wide receiver Lucas Bahr. Dearing threw for four touchdowns and Bahr caught four of them and rushed for another in a 42-6 blowout of Windsor at Herculaneum High School.
In the opening quarter, Dearing hooked up with Bahr on a 67-yard TD pass with two minutes remaining in the quarter that gave Herculaneum a 6-0 lead, as the extra point attempt was unsuccessful.
Windsor tied the game up at six points each at the 9:30 mark of the second quarter, and also missed on the extra point attempt. Those six points would be all the offense the Owls would produce.
The Blackcats offense was just getting started though with the first-half scoring, as Dearing found Bahr again, this time for a 15-yard score with 5:52 left in the half. Herculaneum grabbed the lead back 14-6 after the Blackcats made good on a two-point conversion.
At the 2:39 minute marker, the Herculaneum duo struck again as Dearing found Bahr for their third touchdown of the half, this time it was another 67-yard completion for a score, giving the Blackcats a 20-6 lead as the extra point was no good.
The duo wasn’t done with the first-half scoring barrage either. Dearing found Bahr yet again with 33 seconds remaining on a 42-yard dart in the endzone that gave Herculaneum a comfortable 28-6 lead over the Owls at halftime.
The Blackcats scored once in the third quarter on a rushing touchdown by Dearing and added another rushing touchdown in the final frame as Bahr found the goal line on the ground to give Herculaneum a 42-6 lead.
Dearing connected on nine of his 13 passing attempts for 242 yards (seven times for 223 yards and four touchdowns to Bahr alone) passing for four touchdowns and also ran 10 times for 22 yards and a score. Bahr also rushed eight times, netting 55 yards, and added a score on the ground.
The defense was incredible in this one as well, holding Windsor to just the lone score and foiling pretty much anything that the Owls threw at them. Head Coach Blane Boss commented on the effort, stating, “With the week one game you usually have a pretty good idea what they are trying to do and have a lot of time in the summer to prepare. They had a couple of plays we hadn’t seen before and we had to make a couple of adjustments to help stop those plays. Mike Moloney was all over the field and making some big hits for us.”
Coach Boss, ever the perfectionist, had this to say about his team’s effort in the big win, “Our team came out very slow on both sides of the ball in the first quarter, especially on offense with two bobbled snaps and a couple penalties. Luckily our kids stuck with it and didn’t panic. They continued to just play and once we figured out the snaps our offense was able to start moving the ball. Overall we played pretty well and our kids gave great effort, but we still had too many little mistakes that we need to get corrected.”
Herculaneum (1-0) will travel to Fredericktown (1-0) next Friday to play another Blackcat foe and try to fix those little mistakes. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.