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BA falls to Cacaliers

BA falls to Cacaliers

BA falls to Cacaliers

Bulloch Academy's Caleb Bohannon wave...

MACON — Bulloch Academy raced out to an early 14-0 lead on Mount de Sales Friday night in the first round of the GISA Class AAA playoffs.
    But the powerful Cavaliers put up 31 unanswered points in the remainder of the second quarter and early in the third quarter to cruise to a 45-23 win to end Bulloch’s season.
    Bulloch (8-3) racked up 340 yards of total offense and look great early as the hard-hitting Gator defense kept Mount de Sales off balance.
A few lapses on defense allowed the big-play offense of Mount de Sales (10-1) to get rolling and the Cavaliers didn’t look back.
    Still, the Gators stuck to their game plan early and it paid off.
 Bulloch took its second possession of the game and drove 84 yards in 15 plays, scoring on a five-yard plunge by senior quarterback Brandon Walker with just 1:32 left in the quarter.
    On the drive, Walker carried the ball eight times for 61 yards as he read the MDS defense well an    d slipped through on option keepers. Bulloch converted on four third-down attempts in the time-consuming drive.
    After the score, senior kicker John Harden executed a picture-perfect onside kick, which was recovered James Brack at the MDS 42. The Gators used an eight-play drive this time, scoring on a Walker three-yard plunge at the 10:20 mark. The BA signal caller led the Gators with 113 yards on 27 carries.
    But the Cavs struck back immediately when quarterback Bradley Smith found Josh Abrams over the middle for a 44-yard touchdown strike at the 8:33 mark.
    MDS held BA to three plays and out on the next series. Lestonz Lewis dropped back to punt but the snap skipped on the grass. In his haste, he shanked the ball. MDS’s Chris Swain rushed in the pick up the bounding ball and returned it 20 yards to the BA 20.
    The Gator defense held and limited the Cavs to three points, a 35-yard field goal by Stephen Murphey, to cut the BA lead to 14-10.
    Bulloch’s next drive stalled at midfield. By then, the Cavs seemed to get warmed up and it only took them five plays to score and take a 17-14 lead. Myles Swain made a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone for a 26-yard score with 1:06 left in the quarter.
    After the ensuing kickoff, wingback Ellis Lane was fighting for more yardage after a 15-yard gain when the wet ball slipped out of his grasp and bounced to Abrams. The speedster went down the sidelines for 32 yards to the BA nine. Three plays later, Myles Swains burst over from one yard out for the 24-14 lead with 11 seconds left in the half.
    Mount de Sales added another score early in the third quarter when Chris Swain got loose and raced 35 yards. Murphey tacked on the PAT for a 31-14 lead.
    Bulloch got back on track on the ensuing kickoff, mounting a 13-play drive down to the MDS 24. The Gators came up short and called on Harden to drill a 41-yard field goal with 2:08 left in the quarter.
    MDS answered early in the fourth with a three-yard plunge by Chris Swain to take a 38-17 lead and later with a five-yard score from Swain to up the advantage to 45-17.
    Bulloch added a late score, a Walker one-yard run, with 1:31 left to bring the score to its final.

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