Bulloch Academy began the 2019 season with some last-second heartbreak, but has put that behind it and has been on a tear ever since.
The Gators (3-1, 1-0) scored on all but their final drives of each half as they rolled to a 56-0 victory over Westfield Friday night at Gator Alley.
“That was a good win for us,” BA coach Pat Collins said. “Once again, we played complimentary football. Our players and coaches in all aspects of the game performed well. That set us up to succeed and helped out every other aspect of the game.”
For the second consecutive week, Bulloch Academy running back Rodney Hill put on a show. After rushing for five touchdowns against Memorial Day a week ago, Hill went for 173 yards and a pair of scores against the Hornets (0-4, 0-1).
Hill got his night started early as he accounted for nearly every yard in the Gators’ game-opening touchdown drive that was capped off by Jake Wasdin plunging in from 4 yards out for a 7-0 BA lead less than four minutes into the game.
Hill did more heavy lifting to set up a 1-yard Wasdin dive for the Gators’ second score. He finally did some scoring for himself in the second quarter as he notched touchdown runs of 14 and 5 yards. That was more than enough to send the Gators on the way to another win and Hill was given the second half off as a reward.
But the Gators weren’t nearly through.
Fischer Oglesby connected with Case Murphy on a 14-yard touchdown pass to make it a 35-0 BA advantage at halftime and Oglesby found the end zone for himself in the third quarter with a 9 yard scoring run.
Ford Wildes returned an interception for 36 yards and a touchdown to put the game well out of reach midway through the third quarter and Caleb Futch capped off the night with a 1-yard strike as a running clock sped through the fourth quarter.
“It was a very solid game for us offensively,” Collins said. “We executed well and we can thank the defense for playing well and setting us up with short fields. There’s also a lot to say for Olen Anderson, who converted all of our extra points and helped in the field position battle with some outstanding kickoffs.”
For as much as the BA offense dented the scoreboard, the Gator defense may have had the most mind-bending numbers of the night.
Bulloch’s defense was in full attack mode for all four quarters. To put things in perspective, Westfield’s Conner Shelton gained 22 yards on nine carries and that was easily enough to lead the Hornets’ offensive output.
In fact, once three sacks and a few huge losses on botched option plays factored in, Bulloch Academy held Westfield to a grand total of minus-2 yards of total offense.
With the win, Bulloch Academy improves to 3-1 on the season. More importantly, Westfield’s recent move into the Gators’ region gives Bulloch a fast start towards the drive for a region title as well.
“It’s a big one for us,” Collins said. “But our goal was just to win this one tonight. The next goal is to beat Augusta Prep next week, and then we’ll go from there.”