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High-powered BA stalled by Knights

Harrison Averitt of Bulloch Academy gains some tough yards against the stingy defense of No. 1 Deerfield-Windsor on Friday at Gator Alley.

    Bulloch Academy found out Friday night what the phrase "Bigger, Faster, Stronger" really means.
    Deerfield-Windsor physically dominated the Gators in every aspect of the game in a 31-0 victory Friday night at Gator Alley. The top-ranked Knights from Albany ran roughshod over Bulloch in the GISA Region 1-AAA opener for both teams.
    Kh’ron McClain rushed for 219 yards and scored twice as he paced the DWS rushing attack of 351 yards. The speedy senior tailback unofficially broke the 1,000-yard barrier with his performance (1,116).
    Senior Patrick Forrestal led a mammoth offensive and defensive line, which overshadowed the Bulloch players. The 6-5, 300-pounder, who is bound for the U.S. Naval Academy, clogged the middle to help his teammates shut down the Gator running attack (103 yards) on defense while blasting truck-sized holes in the Gator defense.
    The Knights (6-1 overall and 1-0 in region play) came out in a no-huddle offense, which kept the Gators on their heels.
    Deerfield scored on its first and second possessions of the game.
    Bulloch’s opening series was marred by an inadvertent whistle that negated a first-down run by quarterback Loy Waters and seemed to throw the Gators off their rhythm. Back-to-back penalties, a short punt on fourth down and a 16-yard return put the visitors on the BA 24. Two plays later, McClain showed his elusiveness and acceleration with an 18-yard touchdown run.
    After three and out by the Gators, DWS drove down to the BA 6. But the BA defense bottled up McClain for no gain, defensive end Jarrett Humphries had a quarterback sack and an incomplete pass kept the Knights from finding the end zone. Instead, Harry Vildibill hit a 26-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.
    The Deerfield defense kept the Gators in check, but BA runners would break through once in a while. Quarterback Loy Waters had a 23-yard gainer and fullback Matt Sheppard rumbled for 28 yards. But Bulloch couldn’t cross midfield in the first half.
    DWS went up 17-0 midway through the second on a 29-yard jaunt by Matthew Fox. After intermission, the Knights scored twice in the third. McClain got loose on runs of 42, 36 and 14 yards to help set up the scores.
    The game had a running clock in the fourth quarter and near the end of the game came Bulloch’s most memorable moment of the night, an incredible 72-yard punt from junior John Paul Padilla.

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