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BA picks way past Tiftarea
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    The Bulloch Academy fall sports program lists quarterback Jordan Walker at 6-1, 165 pounds. Friday night against Tiftarea Academy, the slim junior ran as if he weighed 40 pounds more.
    Walker rushed for 168 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Gators to a 31-14 homecoming rout of Tiftarea Academy. He hit paydirt on runs of 12, 15, 21 and 53 yards with three of the scores coming in the second half.
    The Bulloch defense also did its job, picking off three Panther passes and scooping up two fumbles while limiting Tiftarea running back Thomas Ganas to just 60 yards.
    The Gators (4-4) held a 9-0 lead at intermission on Walker’s 12-yard jaunt and a 37-yard field goal by Jeremiah Masters. BA’s three interceptions came in the first 24 minutes as Ethan Lovett, Will Powell and Walker each gathered in errant Matthew Souter passes. The Gators also recovered a fumble in the opening quarter and spine-stiffening defensive stops by the likes of defensive end Drew Cheshire, linebacker James Conner and defensive tackles Matt Simons and Ben Newton limited the Panther offense to just 23 total yards at the half.
    Tiftarea (3-4) came out charged up in the third to narrow the BA lead to two. The Panthers methodically marched the ball down the field on 14 plays to score on a one-yard Souter plunge with 3:55 left in the quarter.
    But the Gators stuck quickly on their ensuing drive.
    After a good kickoff return by Powell, fullback David Poole popped the dive for two nice gainers. Walker got five on a quarterback keeper on the option. Trying it again, he rode Poole into the middle, took out the ball at the last possible second and dashed around right end. It was off to the races as Walker accelerated and scampered 53 yards for the score at the 1:53 mark.
    Master’s pooch-kickoff touched a Tiftarea player down around the TA 30. As it did, Trevor Darden pounded the player, knocking him away from the ball and allowing Cheshire to recover at the TA 29. Three plays later, Walker used almost the same move on an option keeper to score from 21 yards out. A pass from Walker to Poole for the two-point conversion gave BA a 24-7 lead.
    But the Panthers weren’t done.
    Tiftarea’s drive spilled over into the fourth quarter as the squad moved the ball down the field into Bulloch territory. The Panthers seemed stalled at the BA 28. But, on a fourth-and-six, Souter showed some moves of his own as he dodged numerous Gator defenders and notched a 28-yard scoring run with 9:09 left in the game.
    The Gators closed the door late in the quarter when Walker notched his fourth score of the night, a 15-yard run with 5:17 left in the game.   
    Bulloch Academy will travel to Trinity Christian next week.
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