The Spring Hill Bears had one of the toughest match-up thus far into the 2017 football season on the road against a very good Foreman Gators team last Friday night to open 7-2A Conference play.

The Spring Hill Bears had one of the toughest match-up thus far into the 2017 football season on the road against a very good Foreman Gators team last Friday night to open 7-2A Conference play.

The Bears battled hard as always, but an anticipated tough and athletic Gators team showcased a huge statement on the gridiron and shutout the Bears 42-0.

Foreman posted a 35-0 halftime advantage, then put the game away in the second half for their six touchdown score and end zone trip of the night in the third quarter.

Spring Hill football head coach Matt McBride knew coming into this game would be more likely their toughest challenges amongst their previous three opponents.

McBride said after a big win in their finale game of the non-conference schedule Foreman was really talented in several different players with a very fast quarterback, probably the best athlete in the conference. McBride indicated, Foreman's defensive line would be very physical, and his Bears were going to be challenged, they'll just give it all they got.

"Foreman is just a really talented in several different places. Their quarterback is just fast and the best athlete in the conference. We knew we would have to play hard against them, but give Foreman a lot of credit. They have a lot of good athletes and jumped out on us early. It was just a tough night," McBride said.

The Bears converted eight first downs, completed 7-18 passes for 71 yards passing, 66 yards rushing for 137 total yards of offense. Foreman had nine first downs, went 2-2 passing for 41 yards, had 22 carries for 397 yards rushing for 438 total yards of offense. Defensively, the Bears racked up a total of 30 tackles and Foreman totaled for 46 tackles.

Bears, Payton Massanelli went 4-12 passing for 34 yards and Parker Freeman completed 3-6 passing for 37 yards. Keymonte Rhodes led the rushing attack with 15 carries for 50 yards rushing. On receiving, Cam Middleton had two receptions for 34 yards, Drake Kidd also had two receptions for 26 yards, Lewis Chambers, Hays Martin and Cox each had a reception apiece. Defensively, Justin Beck led the defense with six total tackles on the night.

The Bears fall to 0-1 in conference, 1-3 overall as the Gators remain unbeaten at 3-0 overall, 1-0 in conference.

This week, the Bears return home in hopes to seek victory in league play hosting Lafayette County at Bear Stadium. Kickoff set at 7 p.m.