“These kids are resilient, they are battle tested,” said Reid. “We’ve been in the playoffs for the past two years and we’ve seen what it takes to win. They knew tonight was a big game, they knew we had to step up our efforts. … They were able to step up, they wanted to win, and they went out and did the job.
Bunker Hill did most of its damage on the ground, finishing with 253 yards on 39 team carries. Stevenson led the way with 13 carries for 88 yards, while Jason Willis had eight carries for 58 yards and Kaden Robinson added 49 yards on five attempts.
As for Redek Robinson, he completed 3 of 6 passes for 43 yards to go with four carries for 16 yards and his late-game touchdown. His main target was his older brother, who had two receptions for 42 yards.
West Lincoln’s Avery was the game’s top rusher with 122 yards on 22 carries, but the rest of the Rebels were limited to 43 yards on 15 carries. Truesdale completed 5 of 14 passes for 69 yards and the Rebels’ lone score, but his two interceptions proved costly.
“We are proud of the defense,” said Reid. “We always want to start on defense, come out and set the tone. These kids love to hit, they love to go after and they stick to the game plan. They do what you want them to do, so it’s all up to them. I set it up and they executed.
Bunker Hill is visiting East Burke next Friday, while West Lincoln is in Newton-Conover.