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Bynum & Seniors Finish Strong On Senior Night

By Don Collins

 

BRADLEY, Illinois -- The Bradley-Bourbonnais High School varsity football team defeated Lockport on Friday (Oct. 19) by a final score of 34-27. The evening celebrated the careers of the BBCHS Senior class of football players

 

The game was scoreless for the majority of the first quarter as the two teams both traded turnovers on their first possessions. BB fumbled the opening kickoff and Lockport had a turnover on downs with 8:58 remaining in the quarter.

 

Recovering from that miscue to begin the game, the Boilermakers would take the lead on a Logan Meyer touchdown pass to Keaton Schmidt with 3:56 left in the first to take a 6-0 lead after the PAT was blocked.

 

The second quarter would see Lockport score the next two times they had the football. They kicked a FG with 11:55 left in the quarter and then would take a 10-6 lead with a touchdown pass with 2:39 minutes left in the quarter.

 

The Boilermakers responded with a Logan Meyer pass to Keaton Schmidt for his second score of the game with just 33 seconds left in the half to take a 13-10 lead into the half over Lockport.

 

After a scoreless drive to start the second half by Lockport, the Boilermakers got the ball back and on the ensuing drive, senior LB/RB Jimmy Bynum exploded for a 64 yard touchdown run that extended the lead to 20-10 with 7:54 left in the third quarter.

 

Lockport would kick a 43 yard field goal on the ensuing drive before giving the Boilers the ball again with the score now 20-13.

 

On 4th down, Logan Meyer dropped back to pass and hit WR Keaton Schmidt for a 34 yard touchdown. This was the third time in the game that Meyer and Schmidt connected for a scoring play and would increase the Boiler lead to 27-13.

 

Lockport, 0-8 going into the contest, refused to let the Boilers pull away as they scored with just under seven minutes left to make it a one score game again. After the Boilers gave the ball back, the visitors had a chance to tie, but instead the defense forced a fumble that was recovered by BB.

 

With 2:57 seconds left in the season, the Boilermakers once again called upon Jimmy Bynum to carry the football and he delivered with a 25 yard touchdown run. That score would be the difference in the game as the Porters scored with 1:23 left to bring it back within seven points, but BBCHS recovered the onside kick to end the game.

 

SENIOR QUOTES

Senior Defensive Lineman Shale Johnson offered insight into his mind immediately after the game.

 

“It’s a bittersweet moment,” Johnson said. “Of course we wanted to make it to the playoffs, but I feel like being here at home, (pauses). It’s just so much stuff going through my mind and honestly I don’t even want to leave this field right now. We’ve been here, most of us have been playing our whole lives, dreaming of coming here and play good. Now it’s just all over for us.”

 

Senior DB Tyler Llorens, a three sport athlete, reflected on what it meant to leave the football portion of his BB athletic career.

 

“I’m going to enjoy it tonight. Enjoy the win and spending time with my teammates for the last time. Next week it’s on to the next one.”

 

Senior quarterback and free safety Logan Meyer highlighted his adoration of his teammates and overall football experience.

 

“It was one long ride. One great experience for me. Just to grow this relationship with my guys and to get to know them and get to play with them,” Meyer said. “They’re such good people, I look up to most of them and I love being a leader of this team. I can help them out with anything and I know I left it all on the field tonight.”

 

Senior Jimmy Bynum who saw time on both offense and defense all season was candid in the aftermath of his high school career.

 

“I feel great, but it’s also bittersweet,” Bynum said. “We don’t have the same last names, but we got the same jersey. We’re all brothers. We’re family. It kind of hurts, I wish I could take them all with me, but I gave them the next best thing and that’s a win before we all go out. So I feel great.”

 

Bynum was a key contributor to the team’s efforts with over 100 yards rushing on offense and among the team leaders in tackles for the night. How was he able to prepare for his last chance to showout?

 

“I knew I would leave it all on the field. I know for a fact, no matter what the record is, I know these people and I grew up with them, I know no team in 7a has more heart than us. I came into this game knowing I have more heart than them and it showed on the field today.”

 

His takeaway from his time at BBCHS?

 

“There really aren’t any leaders on the team. The best teams, there are no leaders. Everyone feeds off of each other, you know? Whether it’s our third-string kicker or our starting quarterback, I took information or advice from everyone on this team and that’s how I craft myself to be the best player I can be. That’s really how we got better throughout the season.”

OFFENSIVE NOTES

  • RB Jimmy Bynum
    • Eight carries for 115 yards rushing
    • 2 touchdowns
  • WR Keaton Schmidt
    • 10 catches for 119 yards
    • 3 touchdowns
  • QB Logan Meyer
    • 20/28 passing
    • 212 yards
    • 3 touchdowns

 

DEFENSIVE NOTES

  • DB Dalton Boswell led the team with 10 total tackles
    • 3 solo
    • 7 assists
  • DL Cj Dunn had 5 total tackles
    • 2 sacks
    • 1 fumble forced