BELLBROOK – Kettering Alter wide receiver Danny Jasper should have played Mega Millions Friday. It was his night.
Jasper caught four passes for 53 yards and three touchdowns – all from Austin Boucher – as the Knights downed host Bellbrook, 41-20, at David L. Holmes Field.
Alter, which has been defined by the run under head coach Ed Domsitz, again aired it out to rave reviews.
Throw in the two TDs Boucher threw in a 39-14 win over Kettering Fairmont last week, and the junior QB has five in two games.
Last year the Knights had five passing TDs the entire regular season.
“We’ve been opening it up,” Boucher said. “Everyone saw that last week and this game everyone felt a lot more comfortable. We feel like the pass has become a part of the offense.”
Said Jasper, whose previous high for TDs in a game was one: “Austin put the ball where it needed to be.”
Alter’s aerial attack helped the Knights accumulate 474 yards of total offense. Boucher, who was 8-of-18 for 130 yards against Fairmont, was a sparkling 10-of-13 for 132 yards. He also added 50 yards on seven carries.
“He has a lot of confidence in himself,” Domsitz said. “He tries to compliment me when I call a running play and it works. If I gave him the choice he’d probably like to throw the ball every play, but I think he’s a smart enough football player to know that our run and pass games compliment each other.”
“The QB obviously played a great game, but I think their offensive line played just as well because he didn’t get touched,” Bellbrook coach Kevin Basinger said. “He was just standing back there and we didn’t get any pressure on him.”
Said Boucher: “The line gave amazing time.”
On the ground, senior Corey Roark paved the way with 108 yards and two TDs on 12 carries. Bruising Cody Taulbee (94 yards and a TD on 16 carries) and the versatile Chris Borland (91 total yards on 15 touches) completed Alter’s onslaught.
The Knights converted 10 of their first 12 third downs.
“That’s pretty impressive isn’t it,” Domsitz said. “But we needed it. Their offense is going to be tough for anyone to contain all year. They have speed. They have experience. Their lineman block. That’s one of the better offenses we hope we see.”
The Eagles, who scored 14 points in the final four minutes last week to beat Miamisburg, opened the game with emotion.
Senior Bobby Hunter took the games first handoff 80 yards for a touchdown. After that Alter scored 41 of the next 48 points.
Hunter ended the game with 103 yards on six carries, while senior Jared Edwards – vying for his third straight 1,000-yard season – was the game’s leading rusher with 111 yards and two TDs on 16 carries.
The Eagles gained 316 total yards, but just 83 came in the final 24 minutes. Bellbrook was limited to 21 yards on its first four possessions of the second half before taking its final drive 62 yards for the game’s final score.
For the second straight week Alter turned a close game at halftime into a rout. The Knights have outscored opponents 46-14 in the second half.
“There’s not a weak spot on that team,” Basinger said. “Look up and down their line-up both offensively and defensively.
“It’s hard to find a kid that you can say that’s the one we’re going to go at.”