KENESAW — There were very few tricks and plenty of treats for the Bertrand offense in Kenesaw's second-round matchup of the Class D-2 state playoffs.
The fifth-ranked Blue Devils gave up 662 yards of offense in an 82-45 loss on Wednesday night. Kenesaw (8-2) made it a game through the third quarter, trailing only 52-45 to eighth-ranked Bertrand (10-0). But a scoreless fourth quarter for Kenesaw mixed with Bertrand's highest scoring quarter was a recipe for a big Viking win.
"You don't give up 80 points and think you made plays. You don't give up 80 and think you played well," Kenesaw head coach Craig Schnitzler said. "I'm not taking anything away from (Bertrand). They did their job. But I thought offensively we did enough to keep ourselves in the game. But, what can you say ... I'm not sure either defense won tonight."
Things looked like they were going to go well for Kenesaw when quarterback Tyler Schnitzler returned the opening kickoff 70 yards to the Vikings' 4-yard line. Two plays later, Schnitzler ran it in for a quick 7-0 lead. But it didn't take long for Bertrand to answer back, capping a four-play drive with a 46-yard run by senior Ryan Dahlgren.