Fullerton shows its strength in rout of Bellflower
BELLFLOWER - After just missing out on being ranked in this week's CIF-SS Division 7 poll, Fullerton put together the kind of impressive outing that might catch eyes of the voters.
The Indians accumulated 444 yards on offense and routed Bellflower, 45-13, in a nonleague game Friday night at Bellflower High.
Fullerton (2-0) led 28-0 at halftime and 38-0 late in the third quarter against the Buccaneers (0-3).
Dylan Nicholson opened the scoring for the Indians with a 1-yard touchdown run with just over three minutes left in the opening quarter.
After they stopped Bellflower on fourth down, the Indians returned to the end zone with a 50-yard scoring strike from Gavin Klepper to Arturo Bravo.
Fullerton added two more touchdowns in the final three minutes of the first half. Klepper connected with Jared Martinez from 30 yards out, and Bravo scored on a 49-yard run.
No sooner had the teams returned from halftime, the Indians were on the move again. On the fifth play of a 65-yard drive that took less than 90 seconds, Klepper found Tommy Gomez-Garcia for a 57-yard TD pass, giving Fullerton a 35-0 advantage.
Following a 32-yard field goal by Fullerton's Isaiah Rodriguez, the Buccaneers finally found the end zone. Merrell Jasper found a wide-open Andrew Gekas for 39 yards and a touchdown.
Bellflower's best drive of the game opened the fourth quarter, spanning 67 yards on 19 plays, which included three fourth-down conversions. Jasper capped the march with a 12-yard run with just over five minutes remaining in the game.
The Indians responded with Parker Browne scoring 1 yard out with 2:32
Klepper finished 12 of 19 passing for 205 yards. Kevin Campos had 71 yards on seven carries, while Bravo ran for 67 yards on two carries.
Jasper carried 19 times for 80 yards and passed for 91 yards on 8-of-17 passing. Gekas caught four passes for 73 yards and had an interception.