Photos by Erin Keith
Information by Joe Keith
Home sweet home.
If the Jonathan Alder High School football team were to have left out a welcome mat for visiting Bellefontaine Friday, the proper place to put it was abundantly clear.
The end zone.
It was a happy Homecoming for the Pioneers as they felt right at home in the end zone all night as Alder gift-wrapped a 42-7 victory in a defeat of the Chieftains.
Prior to the game, Alder cross country/track runner Joselyn Zuro was named Homecoming Queen and top running back Will Heisler was crowned King – so it was only appropriate that the Pioneers had a great game running the ball.
Alder won toss, deferred and forced a punt on first Bellefontaine possession. A punt return by Jonathan Keith – as well as runs by Cam Jewell and Heisler – got the Pioneers close to the end zone. They cashed in as QB Tabor Headings connected on a seven yard scoring pass to Chase Maynard on third and goal.
On the Pioneers next possession, speedster Jewell scored on an 82 yard run off right tackle. That was followed by a five yard Heisler scoring run, capping off a 90 yard drive. The Heisler TD gave Alder a 21-0 lead at the intermission.
Alder took very little time to change the scoreboard in the second half as a Headings scored on a 62 yard jaunt on QB draw less than two minutes into the third.
After a Bellefontaine drive stalls at Alder 32 with 7:07 to go in third, Jewell takes off on a 45 yard TD run off right tackle.
With a running clock, the Chieftains finally got on the board with a Tayvion St. Claire five yard pass to Colin Dietsch.
Finally, set up by a 50 yard kick return from Hank Shoemaker, Pioneer Mason Curtis went in off left end from five yards out with a minute remaining to conclude the scoring.
Next week, Jonathan Alder travels to Tecumseh for another league match-up.