Bloom played a magnificent first half defensively. LaVonte Blackful got the offense going early connecting with Shijuan Rogers for a 22 yard touchdown to jump out to an early 7-0 lead. A muffed punt by Marian gave Bloom the ball inside the 5 yard line. Marians David Sowell came up big with a pick inside the endzone putting a hault to the building momentum of the Bloom Blazing Trojans. Halftime adjustments were evident as Jeruel Taylor capped off an impressive first possession by scoring on a 54 yard touchdown run. More of Taylor in the third quarter as he scores from 4 yards out to give the Spartans their first lead of the game 14-7. Bloom wasn’t going away though. LaVonte Blackful connected with Shijuan Rogers on a beautiful 3rd down conversion that eventually lead to 10 yard run by the quarterback for a touchdown. Unfortunately, the extra point was blocked leaving the Spartans with a one point lead. Marian eventually put it away on a 4th and goal strike to Dominic Pascale from Robert Cifelli from 11 yards out. LaVonte Blackful was not able to finish the game and Marian ended the season on a high note giving head coach Dave Mattio his 250th win as a high school head coach.
Bloom High School at Marian Catholic High School, Varsity Football Game, Friday, October 21, 2011. On-air 5:50pm, Kick-off 6:00pm CT