The Bloomingdale Bulls beat the Strawberry Crest Chargers 52-0 Friday night.
The Chargers now have a four-game losing streak while the Bulls are riding high on its fourth win in a row.
Crest is touting a 1-5 (0-3 district) record after the colossal beating handed to them by Bloomingdale (4-2; 3-0 district). Chargers’ head coach Ron Hawn, who has been with the team since 2016, said it’s important to remember the program is still relatively new and is optimistic about the future for the Chargers.
“It’s still a young program,” Hawn said. “This isn’t a rebuild, it’s a build. It’s still basically a new program. My staff and I inherited a fairly broken situation as far as football is concerned. Although the results on the field are not necessarily what we’d like to see, the results off the field are.”
The Bulls made its first touchdown with six minutes left on the clock for the first quarter after Bloomingdale’s Levi Williams successfully completed a nine-yard rushing touchdown. Two more quickly followed.
Tom Loudermilk, the Charger’s defensive backs coach, said part of the problem Crest keeps facing is it has yet to develop a very strong offense, which quickly exhausts the defense. However, he said practice is nothing but continued improvement and he is hopeful the team will “turn it around” soon.
“I just feel bad for these kids,” Loudermilk said. “They work so hard and they train so hard and we just can't seem to pull it together.”
In the second quarter, Bloomingdale’s Tyler Hunter completed a 70-yard pass to Rodney Roseboro III for a touchdown bringing the score to 34-0. A successful PAT brought the score to 35-0.
Under a running clock, the Bulls kicked a 34-yard field goal, threw a seven-yard pass, a 12-yard pass and kicked two PATs, bringing the final score to 52-0.
Despite the results, Hawn said he is optimistic about Strawberry Crest and proud of his players, on and off the field. He said has a “great group of kids” and wishes he could keep his seniors for four more years because he “loves them to death.”
“Our kids are disciplined,” Hawn said. “They’re doing the right things in the community, the hallway. They’re good students, they’re good kids and they’re doing some good things. Eventually that will translate to the field but it’s just not quite there yet.”
Strawberry Crest will play Riverview at Riverview High School at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13.