Bend High rides big plays to third straight win

In what Bend High coach Matt Craven described as “a game of really big, wild plays,” the Lava Bears secured their third straight victory Friday night, outlasting Hood River Valley 34-16 in a Class 5A Special District 1 football game at Punk Hunnell Stadium.

Bend never trailed, but not until Haakon Kjellesvik ran 10 yards for a touchdown with just over three minutes to play did the Bears breathe easy against an Eagles team that came into the game unbeaten with two lopsided wins.

“We played a very good team tonight,” said Craven. “They’re very well-coached.”

Craven noted that Hood River Valley (1-1 SD1, 2-1 overall) had a lot to do with Bend’s four turnovers, including three lost fumbles.

“That’ll happen when you play a good team,” said Craven. “We can really help ourselves by working on ball security. That will be job No. 1 for the Lava Bears this week.”

Bend (2-0, 3-1) took an early 7-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Marshall Davis, but later in the first quarter the Eagles stung the Bears with a fake punt that resulted in a 71-yard touchdown run by Patrick Estes and a 7-7 tie.

Davis scored from 19 yards out two minutes into the second period, and a failed conversion run left Bend’s lead at 13-7. Inside of five minutes left in the half, HRV tied the score with a short touchdown pass. The Lava Bears blocked the point-after kick, then Bend regained the momentum when Kjellesvik returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.

Another of those “big, wild plays,” and it gave the Bears a 20-13 lead at halftime.

“He did a good job reading the blocks,” Craven said of Kjellesvik’s kick return. “Then he just outran everyone the last 40 yards.”

The Eagles cut into Bend’s narrow lead with a field goal late in the third period to make it 20-16. Daniel Winters made it a two-possession game when he carried 15 yards on a draw play for a TD that pushed the Bears’ lead to 27-16 with 12 minutes left in the game.

Kjellesvik’s touchdown run — his third TD of the night — with 3:11 remaining put it away for the Lava Bears, who take their winning streak to Redmond next Friday to face Ridgeview.

-Bulletin Staff Report