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Bamburg era begins with a win

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SOMERVILLE- Iola head coach Kerry Bamburg began his tenure with a tough 20-13 win over the Somerville Yeguas.

“It feels good to get that first one out of the way,” said Bamburg. Iola (1-0) opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 15-yard run by Case Creamer.

Somerville answered back on a 56-yard touchdown completion from Blake Driver to Adam Crenshaw. Driver connected with Clayton Stafford for the conversion.

Driver finished the game 6-9 passing for 143 yards, 1 touchdown and an interception. The senior quarterback used his legs for the Bulldogs final touchdown in the fourth, good for 27 yards. The conversion attempt failed giving Iola a 20-7 advantage.

Somerville narrowed the gap on a 24-yard run that finalized the score 20-13.

“The kids fought hard and had to fight through some adversity early in the game giving up the long touchdown pass and three fumbles,” stated Bamburg. “Once we settled down and regrouped, we were able to move the ball on offense and played better on defense. Somerville is a good football team who is well coached. They will continue to improve throughout the season.”

Somerville will play Texas Wind (Waco) Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. Iola will host Normangee.