It was a double dose of kudos, all around.
Junior Justice Belleman was enjoying his just desserts for being named the Most Valuable Player at the 44th annual Cedar Bowl. But while he was, he was paying tribute and credit to his offensive line.
Belleman and the offensive line were clearly the difference on Friday night at Earl Boltz Stadium. With the lethal combination controlling the line of scrimmage and the tempo of the game, Cedar Crest dominated and overwhelmed rival Lebanon High 41-7.
In just under three quarters of action, Belleman rushed 13 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns. During the entire game, Cedar Crest ran the ball 41 times and passed it four times.
On its first possession of the year, the Falcons marched 53 yards in seven plays to get a five-yard Belleman scoring jaunt and a 6-0 lead. Then less than six minutes later, Cedar Crest turned a Lebanon turnover into the 21-yard Belleman touchdown run that upped its advantage to 19-0.
The triumph represented Cedar Crest’s fourth straight win over Lebanon High, and 28th overall in a series that dates back to 1972.
– Jeff Falk