High School Sports

Numbers piling up for Skyline's Befort

The kind of numbers that Pratt Skyline's Trent Befort put up last Friday night against St. John are eye-popping.

He had 391 rushing yards on 31 carries and scored nine touchdowns.

And Skyline escaped with a 78-76 victory in 8-Man I-District 5.

"He's been giving us good games all year," Skyline coach Jon Novotny said. "He runs hard and moves well, and teams have keyed on him. He had some big games early in the season, and we've been seeing a lot of six, seven, eight guys coming at us.

"... In eight-man football, it takes two seconds of a block and you're through. Our offensive line gave him those blocks."

Befort's scoring runs were 45, 70, 22, 36, 45 and 6 yards. His receiving touchdowns were 18 and 52 yards, both on screen plays. And he ran back an interception 15 yards for another score.

Skyline needed everything Befort gave before the Thunderbirds got a two-point conversion with about two minutes remaining to secure the final margin.

"We'd stretch it out by an extra score, and next thing you know, they're making a great play and evening things back up," Novotny said. "It was fun to be a part of a game like that."

Finding his targets — Blake Bell might not have as many passing yards as he had last year, but he's still efficient.

The Bishop Carroll quarterback has completed 63.4 percent of his passes this season. He is averaging 11.6 yards a completion.

"Teams have been focusing on stopping us on deep routes, but that has left shorter routes open," Bell said.

Bell threw for a City League-record 2,623 yards last season.

A showdown — When Caldwell plays at South Haven tonight, it's a showdown between 8-Man II-District 4 foes.

South Haven has won six straight, after a season-opening loss to Sunrise, while Caldwell is 7-0.

"We've lost six of seven to them, and five in a row when we haven't come close to them," Caldwell coach Kevin Schmidt said.

Whether Caldwell will be able to win tonight is a question, too. Schmidt said eight of his 20 players, including quarterback Braden Lebeda, were home with the flu on Wednesday.

Caldwell has qualified for the postseason, though.

Lebeda has been a key to Caldwell's season, with about 1,200 rushing yards, 1,000 passing.

The key, though, is Caldwell's experience.

"We've had a lot of young kids playing in the last couple years, freshmen and sophomores," Schmidt said. "They've taken some lickings, but they've gotten better."

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