BELLAIRE — Small ball is usually a baseball term.
Not any more.
Chase Small scored touchdowns three different ways as Bellaire (8-3) rolled to a 48-0 eight-player football playoff victory over Owendale-Gagetown, putting up all of its points by halftime and cruising the rest of the way.
Small found the end zone on a 70-yard fumble return, a 24-yard rush and a 23-yard interception return in the victory.
"Basically, Chase Small did it all for us," Bellaire coach Ron Bindi said. "And he's only a sophomore."
The victory is the first in regionals in Bellaire football history.
Hunter Walsh added TD runs of 42 and 4 yards and Wes Villafane caught touchdown passes of 32 and 56 yards from Zach Smith. Small, Walsh and Smith added a two-point conversion each.
Smith completed the only two passes he threw for touchdowns, going 2 for 2 for 88 yards. Small ran 10 times for 98 yards and Walsh had 11 carries for 65 yards.
Small also paced the defense with 16 tackles, while Walsh had 15, Jacob Campis 11 and Jordan Proctor picked off a pass.
The Eagles are hoping their defense will be as effective Saturday when they travel to play Rapid River (9-2) at 2 p.m. Bellaire was able to top the Rockets 28-16 this season.
"We have played outstanding defense the last three weeks," Bindi said. "Sixteen against Rapid River, six in the fourth quarter last week and zero this week."
Eagles score 48 points in first half to beat Owen-Gage
BELLAIRE — Small ball is usually a baseball term.
TBAISD to hold budget hearing
Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Board of Education will hold a hearing on their fiscal year 2013-14 budget on Tuesday as board members consider whether to spend some of their nearly 58 percent fund balance.Continued ...
Wineries find efficiencies
A dwindling labor pool and challenging packaging costs are prompting several northern Michigan winemakers to utilize innovative technologies in their vineyards.Continued ...
Following the Freedom Riders
Six Leelanau County and 31 Detroit black, white and Hispanic high school students were scheduled this morning to board a bus for a two-week trip that retraces the steps of civil rights “Freedom Riders” into the Deep South a half century ago.Continued ...
Depasse, Leib take top spots at Cherry-Roubaix
A pair of first-timer finishers earned first place in the men's and women's Cherry-Roubaix criterium pro races Saturday.Continued ...
Editorial: Medicaid expansion vote makes sense
The issue: State House approves Medicaid expansion. Our view: It’s a big step, but there’s more to do.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 06/16/2013
Appalled by remark; Gratuitously inhumane; A common bond.Continued ...
Doug Luciani: Our youth can come home now
Riding on a school bus doesn’t exactly conjure up fond memories of days gone by. But this ride was different.Continued ...
Green reunion committee searches for classmates
Listen up, Traverse City High School Class of 1973: Your classmates want you!Continued ...
'Family is our whole life': Raising quadruplets plus two
Since her quadruplets grew out of diapers, life smoothed out for Tonya Lewandowski.Continued ...
TC West surges into 5th at golf finals
The rebound Traverse City West hoped for happened. In a big way.Continued ...
Business in Brief: 06/16/2013
Health care reform; Biz after hours; NCMC program.Continued ...
Program aims to keep tenants in their homes
Charles Alexander sat in 86th District Court and uttered that he'd rather be dead than homeless.Continued ...
Jason Tank: Economics a dizzying display of acronyms
In one corner, the Federal Reserve is busy stacking up dollar bills on top of each other. In the other, the beleaguered American economy is putting up one mediocre data point after another.Continued ...
Forum: Waste of fossil fuels cannot continue
We often hear jokes about husbands forgetting their wedding anniversaries, but this month there is an anniversary we must not forget. I’m suggesting we commemorate it with action.Continued ...
Garret Leiva: Best gift on dad's day is fatherhood
Today, millions of men will receive a tie, gadget or gizmo destined for the back of a closet. Most guys think it’s the greatest gift in the world — fatherhood.Continued ...
State golf finals results
How area teams finished in the state golf championships this weekend:Continued ...
Acme beach buildings demo set
Acme Township purchased the last of three buildings on its growing project to create a mile-long shoreline park, and demolition crews are ready to dive into work.Continued ...
Beach Bums slam Slammers, 6-2
Johnny Omahen earned his first victory of the year as the Traverse City Beach Bums won their fourth straight game with a 6-2 come-from-behind victory over the Joliet Slammers.Continued ...
Business Memoranda: 06/16/2013
Traverse City-based EverywhereUGo has expanded, with board locations in the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids and the Great American Ball Park (home of the Cincinnati Reds) in Cincinnati, Ohio.Continued ...
Free fishing day hooks young anglers
Screeches, squeals and screams of excitement could be heard from Northwestern Michigan College's Great Lakes Campus as kids reeled in rainbow trout.Continued ...
Sports in Brief: 06/16/2013
Public input for Buffalo Ridge Trail; PaddleboardClassic is July 20; Rays pitcher Cobb leaves on stretcher. (Plus more)Continued ...
Best Sellers: 06/16/2013
Northwest Michigan — Hardcover fiction: 1. “And The Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead Books, $28.95.Continued ...
Fire damages Garfield Township home
Firefighters were called to 4327 Stoneridge Dr. Saturday at 2:12 a.m. and arrived to flames through the roof.Continued ...
Terry Wooten: Native heirlooms spark imagination
When I was 6 years old Grandpa Helmboldt gave me an old Indian pipe made out of wild cherry wood.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 06/16/2013
Summer crafts; geneaology group meets; Haas Quintet performs; and more.Continued ...
- TBAISD to hold budget hearing