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BA bashes Blue Thunder
Gators season ends on high note
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    Junior quarterback Jordan Walker threw four first-half touchdown passes as Bulloch Academy jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 49-22 victory over GISA Region 2-AA rival Memorial Day School Friday night.
    Walker threw for scores of 10, 14, 25, 55 yards to tie a 24-year old record as he connected on a career-high nine of 13 passes for 146 yards. He also added a 51-yard scoring dash late in the fourth quarter.
    Senior tailback Trevor Darden surpassed the magical 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season with 110 yards on 18 carries. Darden, who had never played varsity football before the 2006 season, ended the year with 1,010 yards.
    Bulloch’s defense limited the Memorial running game to just 73 total yards (minus 8 yards through three quarters) while the Gator pass rush got to quarterback Sal Sanchez on numerous occasions.
     The Gators (6-5 overall and 2-3 in region play) got two early scores from Memorial turnovers and scored on each of their five possessions in the first half.
    Safety cornerback Ethan Lovett picked off a Sanchez pass on the third play of the game at the Blue Thunder 36. Four plays later, Walker connected with Will Powell for a 14-yard score.
    On the ensuing Memorial possession, noseguard Michael Kimbrell recovered a Sanchez fumble at the MDS 25. On the next play, Walker found Lovett for a 25-yard score.
    Center James Conner got the opportunity to run the ball late in the first quarter, lining up in the backfield and bulling two yards into the end zone for the score.
    Walker then floated a middle screen pass to Darden who ripped off 55 yards for a score in the second quarter. Even offensive tackle Matt Simons got into the act, catching a 10-yard pass from Walker on a tackle-eligible play.
    The Blue Thunder (4-6 overall, 0-4 in the region) didn’t roll over as the squad scored 14 points in the third to put a score into the Gators.
    Memorial had its first sustained drive of the night, an 11-play, 60-yarder, which ended with a one-yard plunge from A.J. Welch. A Jordan Walker fumble on a busted play gave MDS the ball back at the Gator 5. Lucas Martinez found his way into the end zone to cut the BA lead to 35-14 late in the quarter.
    The Gators finally put the game out of reach in the fourth on a 51-yard TD run from Walker and a 46-yard jaunt from David Poole.