BHS' Kendrick Cooley looks for running room in Friday's 35-26 win over Champaign Centennial. (Photo by Liz Rondone/YouNameItSports)
By WJBC staff
BLOOMINGTON – Jake Romani threw for four touchdowns as Bloomington won its homecoming contest, 35-26, over Champaign Centennial in Big 12 Conference action Friday night at Fred Carlton Field.
Romani finished completing 14 of 22 passes for 170 yards. He threw a pair of scoring strikes to Donovan Lofton. The first one went for 16 yards to give the Purple Raiders a 7-6 lead after Josh Secord’s conversion kick.
Centennial scored first on a 75-yard pass from Jimmy Fitzgerald to Dominic Stampley. After BHS had taken the lead in the back-and-forth game, Fitzgerald found Stampley for a 55-yard touchdown and a 12-7 Centennial advantage.
But back came BHS as Romani hooked up with Lofton again for a 31-yard touchdown and a 14-12 Purple Raiders’ halftime lead. BHS scored 14 points in the third quarter for a 28-12 advantage as Romani threw a 23-yard scoring strike to Nick Arnold and Kendrick Cooley ran 4 yards for a touchdown.
Romani extened the BHS bulge to 35-12 early in the fourth quarter on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Theo Eddins. Centennial rounded out the scoring on a 5-yard pass from Fitzgerald to Aaron Quinn and a 1-yard run by Fitzgerald.
Cooley led BHS with 145 yards on 21 carries, while Tommy Roberts added 75 yards on only six attempts. Lofton caught three passes for 50 yards. Fitzgerald completed 28 of 44 passes for 350 yards for Centennial.
The victory moved BHS’ record to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the conference.