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BA takes on region foe Trinity
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Bulloch (6-3, 2-0) at Trinity (5-3, 1-1)
Friday, 7:30 p.m., 850 AM
Dublin

    Bulloch Academy will have to find a way to derail the ‘Payne Train’ tonight when they face Trinity Christian School in a key GISA Region 2-AAA matchup at Cleve Warnock Stadium in Dublin.
    Trinity quarterback Wyatt Payne, according to BA head coach Terence Hennessy, is the player who powers the Crusader engine.
    “They run a quarterback-centered offense,” said BA head coach Terence Hennessy. “They have designed plays for him. On film, we have seen quarterback sweeps, quarterback isolations and quarterback counters. When he is back to pass, he will take off when the pass protection breaks down.”
    Stopping him will be the Gators’ main priority.
    “All the coaches that I have talked to say that he is deceptively fast and elusive,” said Hennessy. “On film, he uses his blockers well and has good vision.”
    The Crusaders (4-4 overall and 1-1 in region play) run a Wing-T offense from either a traditional formation or a shotgun formation.
    They can score a lot (35 in a win over Frederica two weeks ago) or a little (six in a loss to Pinewood Christian last week).
    Payne also plays a pivotal role on defense at safety but the top head hunter is linebacker Ryland McCoy.
    “McCoy is their best player on defense,” said Hennessy. “They have two linemen (Cade Hall and Patrick Whittle) who are huge. On film, they look like they are 6-4, 230 pounds each.”
    Bulloch Academy (6-3, 2-0) has already punched its ticket for the GISA Class AAA state playoffs. Tonight’s game will mean the difference between hosting and traveling in the postseason. A win means the Gators will stay in the swamp on the first Friday night in November while a loss means they will be on the road.
     “If we win,” said Hennessy, “we are guaranteed to host. That means a seventh home game in the Alley for the seniors. Also, if we win, it will set up a true region championship game against Pinewood the following week.”
    This rivalry has been fierce at times through the years. According to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association the Gators are 17-12 against the Crusaders and have won the last three battles. But it’s Senior Night for the Crusaders and Bulloch should expect a fierce ground and air offensive from Trinity.
    As for the Gators, they aren’t going to stray from their game plan.
    “We are going to try and grind and pound the ball,” said Hennessy. “That is our offense.”