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BA rides big plays in win against Frederica

Big first-half touchdown plays helped Bulloch Academy overcome an opening-game scare as the Gators whipped Frederica Academy 45-24 in GISA Region 2-AAA action Friday night.

Fullback Dylan Stuckey had a 60-yard gallop, halfback Andrew Howell added a 58-yard jaunt and halfback Will Rushing contributed a 37-yard dash to lead Bulloch (6-3, 2-0) to a 30-10 first-half lead. The senior trio combined for 33 carries and 312 yards.

But the Knights (2-6, 0-3) made the Gators sit up and take notice when they punched in the first series for a quick score.

Hollis Veal returned the opening kickoff 45 yards to the BA 31. BA kicker Tatum Blitch made a touchdown-saving tackle, was injured on the play and did not return.

FA quarterback Nick Harrison completed two quick passes to put the Knights in the Gators' red zone at the 13-yard line. BA's defense held, and Frederica had to settle for a John Mitchell Brock 30-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 10 minutes, 1 second remaining.

The Gators quickly answered back when Stuckey found a seam in the middle of the line and exploded for his score at the 9:02 mark.

Frederica came right back down the field. Harrison had a 31-yard run and led the Knights into BA territory. But the Gator defense stiffened, stopping the FA advance at the 22. Brock came on to try a 39-yard field goal, but his attempt failed with 3:29 left.

Bulloch took control again and, using its wishbone attack, drove 80 yards on 10 plays. The big play on the drive was a 41-yard option keeper by quarterback Lanier Olliff. Olliff got the call from the 1-yard line for the score. Howell's two-point conversion gave the Gators a little breathing room at 14-3 lead with 27 ticks left on the clock.

In the second quarter, BA held the visitors to three-and-out and used that defensive momentum to punch in another score. On a fourth-and-1 at the FA 37, Rushing got the call off tackle, found daylight, cut back against the grain and raced to the end zone. Olliff connected with Wright Rocket for the two-point conversion for a 22-3 lead with 6:20 left in the half.

But the Knights kept coming.

Frederica used a 10-play, 60-yard drive to keep within striking distance. Hollis Veal punched it in from 7 yards out with 1:43 left for a 22-10 score.

Four plays later, on a fourth-and-5 situation, it was Howell's turn to run wild. His score and the two-point conversion by Rushing gave Bulloch a 30-10 lead with 38.4 seconds left.

Still, Frederica wouldn't quit. The Knights flew down the field, getting to the BA 15-yard line in four plays. Brock's 32-yard kick at the horn was wide right.

It was no more Mr. Nice Guy for Bulloch early in the third.

The Gators pushed the Knights around on their opening series, going 60 yards in nine plays. Howell had a 2-yard blast for a 38-10 lead with 7:52 left. On FA's ensuing series, Tyce Lovett's hard hit caused Veal to fumble, and Josh Bohannon recovered at the Knight 45. Six plays later, Olliff found a wide-open Ian Hodges for a 29-yard pass for a 45-10 lead at the 4:46 mark.

BA head coach Terence Hennessy substituted freely on both offense and defense. The Knights took advantage situation and added two more scores to bring the score to its final.