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Top 10 Games: Bedford to face Saline in SEC showdown

Temperance – Coach Jeff Wood might have got away with one last week.

Temperance Bedford trailed Ann Arbor Pioneer 14-6 in regulation and 21-14 in overtime before coming back to win, 22-21, on Gabe Caris’ conversion reception from quarterback Joey Wiemer. Bedford missed an extra point try after its first touchdown and had a field goal attempt blocked and returned for a touchdown that gave Pioneer a 14-6 and Wood decided to go for the win rather than risk another kick.

This week the Kicking Mules travel north on US 23 to Saline on Friday to take on the Hornets (3-0) with the winner gaining the inside track in the race for the Southeastern Conference Red Division title.

Saline leads series 10-8 as the Hornets have taken the last two by scores of 43-0 last season and 49-17 in 2014.

“We can’t turn (the ball) over,” Wood said. Bedford committed three turnovers last week. “They are well-coached and play great defense. We have to have long drives, 12-to-14 plays, to keep our defense off the field.”

Bedford will likely need Wiemer to make a few big plays as he did against Pioneer. He threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to David Jeffers and there was his sideline-to-sideline conversion pass to Caris.

“We practiced that play but never ran it in a game,” Wood said. “They went to a zone, which took away our rub. Wiemer then rolled left, stopped, and threw to Caris, who was the original intended receiver.”

Wiemer’s nickname is ‘the freak’. He’s 6-4 and weighs 215 pounds. He committed to Cincinnati to play baseball and he’s the team’s punter. He also plays in the secondary in passing situations and had an interception against Pioneer. Pick: Saline by 5.       

 

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