It looked as though the Bulloch Academy Gators were in for a battle Friday night at Trinity Christian as the Crusaders marched downfield and took an early 7-0 lead.
From that moment on it was all Bulloch Academy as the Gators came back to score 50 unanswered points and cruised to a 50-20 victory, improving to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in region play.
"This is the first time we have beaten this team in two years," said Bulloch Academy coach Pat Collins. "It makes it even sweeter to do it up here."
The Gators lost to the Crusaders 32-13 at home last season. This time around the Gators piled up over 430 yards of total offense, with 412 of that coming on the ground.
"Our offensive success starts up front with an excellent offensive line," Collins said. We also have a great pair of backs and a quarterback who is making great decisions."
The Gators answered the Crusaders first touchdown of the game by putting together a nice eight play scoring drive, which was capped off by Ty Mingle going in from six yards out to tie the game at 7-7.
Early in the second quarter the Gator defense would stop the Crusaders short, as Trinity would go for it on fourth down and two. The offense then took four plays to score, capped off by an 18-yard touchdown run by Jake Nelson to make it 14-7.
The Gator offense continued to roll on their next possession. Mingle took a Don Aaron pitch and sprinted 61 yards down the near sidelines ino the end zone extending the lead to 21-7.
The Gators added another score before the half. Aaron would get the Gators close with a 38-yard run down to the seven yard line, and then it was Aaron going in on the very next play for a touchdown. Mingle would carry the two point conversion in, and the Gators took a 29-7 halftime lead.
Bulloch Academy wasted no time scoring after the intermission. Aaron found a hole, and then took off 55 yards on the second play from scrimmage to give the Gators a 36-7 lead.
The Crusaders fumbled on their first play from scrimmage, and the Gators turned that into points as well. Aaron went in for a 5-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 43-7.
Mingle capped off the Gator scoring as he would reel off a 48-yard touchdown run as the Gators pulled ahead 50-7. Trinity added a couple late scores as the running clock was in effect for the final of 50-20.
"I was proud of all phases of our football team tonight," Collins said. "Special teams, offense and defense all played well. I feel like we really outplayed them tonight."
Next up Bulloch Academy will host Bethlehem Christian Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Gator Alley.