Belaire’s DaQuan Hicks came up with three big plays to help the Bengals get off to its first 3-0 football start since 2003.

Hicks returned the opening kickoff 82 yards, recovered an onside kick to begin the second half and had the winning score on a 1-yard run in the third quarter as Belaire defeated Broadmoor 12-6 Friday night at Belaire.

“I don’t understand why everybody keeps kicking the ball to DaQuan Hicks,” said Belaire first-year coach Claude Coleman, who has already helped the Bengals equal their win total from 2014. “He’s dangerous with the ball. That is his third return touchdown.”

Hicks rushed 17 times for 59 yards. After recovering the onside kick at the Broadmoor 49-yard line, Hicks rushed nine times on the winning drive.

Hicks gained 11 yards to set up a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Broadmoor’s defense stiffened and stuffed two straight runs by Hicks and one by fullback Anthony Nelson up the middle for no gain. On fourth down, Hicks ran behind his right tackle for the TD. The ensuing two-point pass fell incomplete, and Belaire led 12-0 with 5:47 remaining in the third quarter.

Broadmoor received the kickoff, and following the play, both teams got into a skirmish on the field. Both teams were flagged for unnecessary roughness, and Hicks and Broadmoor’s Travonte Perkins were ejected from the game.

Broadmoor’s scoring drive covered 62 yards in 11 plays. Broadmoor’s D’Corius Johnson had runs of 16 and 10 yards to extend the drive. On third down, Henry Williams scored on a 1-yard run and the ensuing pass failed as Belaire led 12-6 with 7:49 remaining in the game.

Belaire put together a gutsy 13-play drive to run out the clock. The Bengals converted a fourth down on Nelson’s 3-yard run and a third-and-16 on a 40-yard pass from Travon Myles to Claude Coleman. It was Belaire’s only completion of the game in five tries.

“I’m proud of these guys,” coach Coleman said.

Penalties hurt both teams. Broadmoor was flagged 14 times for 100 yards and Belaire 10 times for 60 yards. Broadmoor also lost a fumble and threw an interception.

A Broadmoor touchdown in the first quarter was called back on a holding penalty. Belaire’s Abel Freeman recovered a fumble three plays later at the Belaire 7-yard line to end that series. Tyrone Harris also had a second-quarter interception for Belaire.

“We’re a young team,” Broadmoor coach Elliott Wilkins said. “This is the best overall game we’ve played this year. Offensively, we made too many mistakes and have to get better. We had our chances.”