The Lewiston Bengals were victorious Friday night at Bengal Field in the valley's 130th annual Battle of the Bridges against the Clarkston Bantams. After both teams went into halftime knotted up at 21, Lewiston dominated the second half and came away with the 41-21 win.
Things got chippy early between the two teams. Clarkston star wideout Tru Allen was ejected just three minutes into the game after throwing a punch at a Lewiston player. Throughout the rest of the night the Bantams offense just couldn't find the explosive plays Allen provided for them. Tensions continued to run high all night, forcing the referees to throw a ton of flags.
For Lewiston, the player of the game was undoubtedly Cruz Hepburn. Hepburn rushed for just shy of 200 yards and found paydirt three separate times. An impressive showing for the sophomore running back who had college scouts from the University of Washington in attendance according to the Clarkston Bantam radio broadcast.
A very closely contested first half seemed to indicate we had an instant classic on our hands, but 20 unanswered points in the second half from the Bengals ended up leaving no doubt in this one. The Bengals (2-2) will now shift their focus to a road contest against Sandpoint, set to take place next Friday. Clarkston (2-1) will also be on the road next week when they take on Orofino.