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BA Gators take down Brentwood

Box Score
BR    0     6    0    6    —    12
BA    6    23    7    0    —    33

First Quarter
BA_Dylan Stuckey 9 run (kick failed), 9:17
Second Quarter
BR_Samuel Joiner 2 run (pass failed), 9:11
BA_Lanier Olliff 42 run (kick failed), 8:45
BA_Will Rushing 40 interception return (run failed), 6:59
BA_Andrew Howell 41 run (Howell run), 5:02
BA_Tatum Blitch 25 FG, 0.0
Third Quarter
BA_Olliff 15 run (Blitch kick), 8:34
Fourth Quarter
BR_Brandt Burley 8 run (run failed), 1:54

    BR    BA
First Downs    11    14
Total Yards    238    308
Rushes-Yards    45-215    33-288
Passing    23    20
Comp-Att-Int    1-6-2    2-7-0
Turnovers    3    2
Penalties-Yards    7-55    3-40

RUSHING_BA, Lanier Olliff 7-89, Andrew Howell 9-84, Dylan Stuckey 5-61. BR, Willis Toulson 18-106, Jamie Godfrey 7-47
PASSING_BA, Lanier Olliff 2-7-0-0, 20. BR, Samuel Joiner 1-6-2-0, 23.
RECEIVING_BA, Davis Childs 1-20. BR, Willis Toulson 1-23.

Bulloch Academy scored 23 unanswered points in the second quarter to break open a tight game to defeat the Brentwood Eagles 36-12 Friday night.

The homecoming victory snapped a two-game losing streak and avenged a 47-0 loss to the Eagles last season.

"To get a big win on homecoming, especially against a team that beat you pretty bad last year, is huge," said BA head coach Terence Hennessy. "I was proud of the way the seniors led the team. For the first time all season, we played with energy. The sideline was fired up. The kids on the field feed off that."

Big plays in the second quarter also helped turn the tide and electrify the Gators.

With the score knotted at 6-6 and nine minutes left in the half, junior quarterback Lanier Olliff faked an inside handoff to senior Dylan Stuckey and ran the option to the left with senior halfback Andrew Howell. The alert field general saw that he was all alone, so he put the ball on his hip and rolled around the left side. He was 10 yards downfield before the Eagle defense realized he had the ball. Olliff cruised 32 more yards for a deceptive score to put BA up 12-6.

On Brentwood's next possession, Eagle quarterback Samuel Joiner threw the ball to fullback Willis Toulson in the right flat. But Toulson bobbled the ball, batting it up the air. An alert Will Rushing pulled in the pigskin and raced 40 yards for Bulloch's second quick score, giving the Gators an 18-6 lead with 6:59 left.

The visitors from Sandersville went four-and-out on their next possession, giving BA the ball at the 41-yard line. Olliff, Stuckey and Howell ran the option again this time, and the smart quarterback saw that the fleet-footed Howell had running room. He pitched the ball to his partner and the tailback cut the corner, bursting into an open field and racing 41 yards to paydirt and a 26-6 lead.

"I made some bad decisions in trying to pass the ball after our opening possession," said Hennessy. "We decided that we were going to run the option until they stopped us. The pick-six (an interception for a touchdown) and some good defensive plays charged us up."

Having some of his regulars back on the field didn't hurt either.

"Getting Dylan, G.C. (Kimbrell), Jake (Hagan), Josh (Bishop) and Ian (Hodges) back and in their normal positions was huge," said Hennessy. "It mean't that we didn't have to play a lot of kids both ways and rely on our freshmen so much. That's a lot of ask of a freshman player."

Bulloch (4-3) added three more points before halftime when senior kicker Tatum Blitch booted a 25-yard field goal, her first of the season and the first-ever by a Gator female kicker, with no time left on the clock for a 29-6 lead. Blitch didn't go into the locker room to rest during halftime, though, because she was a member of the homecoming court. Fellow senior and student-athlete Pate Lomax was crowned the homecoming queen.

In the third, BA held Brentwood for 1 yard on its opening possession. Five plays later, Olliff and Howell ran the option again. Lanier's read was true as he turned upfield and sprinted 15 yards for his second score of the night and a 36-6 lead.

"Lanier did a good job," said Hennessy. "I was real pleased with his play. The biggest thing is that he is reading the defense and making really good suggestions as to what plays to run."

Olliff led the Gator offense with 89 yards on seven carries while Howell had 84 on nine totes. Stuckey, who notched BA's first score with a 9-yard blast in the first quarter, had 61 yards on five carries.

The Gators travel to Waynesboro next Friday night and open GISA Region 2-AAA play by taking on Hennessy's old team, the Edmund Burke Spartans.