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Turnovers help Keller blank L.D. Bell

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Keller was opportunistic in spoiling Hurst L.D. Bell’s homecoming Friday night at Pennington Field.

The Indians played stellar red-zone defense and took advantage of four Blue Raiders fumbles en route to a 20-0 road victory despite being outgained 355 yards to 193.

Bell (2-1) dominated the first half statistically, outgaining the Indians 216-77, but found itself trailing by a touchdown. The Raiders fumbled four times in the half, losing three.

The first came on Bell’s second possession, which started at its own 6-yard line. The Raiders drove to the Keller 25, but quarterback Colson Romano was sacked and fumbled.

The Bell defense forced Keller to punt, but Johnny Leon mishandled the punt and the Indians pounced on it at the Raiders’ 46.

Keller (3-0) took advantage of the mistake. Four plays later McEachern connected with Brandon Poyser for a 26-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.

The Raiders again threatened on the ensuing drive. Fua Sapoi ran 42 yards to the Keller 1. But the Indians’ defense stiffened. Twice Bell was turned back, and on third down a botched exchange led to the Raiders’ third turnover of the half.

Keller again kept the Raiders off the board in the third quarter by blocking a 39-yard field-goal attempt. The next Bell possession resulted in another turnover. Romano hit T.J. Hardy for what looked to be a big play, but a Keller defensive back jarred the ball loose.

The Indians capitalized again. This time McEachern connected with Connor Killian from 6 yards to make it 13-0 after a missed PAT.

Keller secured the victory when running back Dalton Mills completed a fourth-down jump pass to Sione Teuhema for a 7-yard touchdown to make it 20-0 with 2:10 to play. The touchdown was set up by the Indians’ biggest play of the night, a 45-yard run by Poyser.

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