GWS 0 0 0 7 — 7
BA 18 8 0 7 — 33
BA_Dylan Stuckey 20 run (kick failed), 7:37
BA_Davis Childs 35 pass from Will Rushing (run failed), 1:40
BA_Andrew Howell 2 run (run failed), 1:11
BA_Ian Hodges 5 pass from Lanier Olliff (Rushing run), 1:11
BA_Stuckey 1 run (Tatum Blitch kick), 9:34
GWS_Brandon Belans 4 run (Matthew Weeks kick), 4:44
First downs 13 18
Total Yards 191 302
Rushes-Yards 46-183 51-207
Passing 12 95
Comp-Att-Int 1-8-0 6-9-0
Turnovers 3 1
Penalties-Yards 6-49 6-40
RUSHING_BA, Dylan Stuckey 10-72, Andrew Howell 11-60; GWS, Brandon Belans 22-98, Palmer Clark 19-86
PASSING_BA, Lanier Olliff 4-6-0-1, 44, Will Rushing 2-2-0-2, 51; GWS_Cameron Hall 1-8-0-0, 12
RECEIVING_BA, Will Rushing 2-29, Davis Childs 1-35, Wright Rockett 1-16; GWS, Ian Dutton 1-12.
Bulloch Academy capitalized on three Gatewood fumbles and dominated the line of scrimmage to take a 33-7 victory over the visitors from Eatonton Friday night at Gator Alley.
“We took advantage of the gifts that they gave us,” said BA head coach Terence Hennessy. “Anytime a team gives you a short field, it’s a blessing.”
BA (3-1) had first-quarter scoring drives which started from the Gatewood 40 and 18-yard lines.
“They stuffed us on the first possession and we go three-and-out to start the game,” said Hennessy. “I’m thinking, ‘Oh Lord, here we go.’ But they fumbled the exchange on their first play and our kids showed up. They did a good job of moving the football.
Senior defensive lineman Drew Salter recovered two of the three loose balls while junior linebacker Joshua Bohannon pounced on the other one. Bone-crunching sacks on GWS quarterback Cameron Hall caused two fumbles.
It took Bulloch just six plays to score after Salter recovered the first loose pigskin at the Gatewood 40. Senior fullback Dylan Stuckey punched through the line and dashed 20 yards for the game’s opening score at the 7:37 mark.
After the BA defense held the visiting Gators to just one first down on their second drive, Bulloch got its no-huddle, wishbone offense rolling, driving 72 yards in seven plays. Senior quarterback Will Rushing froze the Gatewood linebackers with play action while sophomore Davis Childs snuck behind them and grabbed a 35-yard touchdown grab for a 12-0 lead
On Gatewood’s next play, senior linebackers Stuckey and Andrew Howell made a sandwich out of Hall on the Gatewood 21 and Bohannon recovered on the 18. After Rushing hooked up with freshman Wright Rockett for a 16-yard reception, tailback Howell bulled over from 2 yards out for a 18-0 lead.
Gatewood put together a 13-play, 62-yard drive that spanned two quarters but was stopped on a fourth-and-6 at the Bulloch 7-yard line. BA then put together a sustained drive of its own, marching 93 yards on 18 plays.
Offensive linemen Salter, sophomore G.C. Kimbrell, junior Braxton Brinson and freshmen Seth Conner and Trevor Mason pushed the Gatewood defenders off the ball and opened up holes for the BA backs while providing pass protection for Rushing and Lanier Olliff.
Olliff hit senior Ian Hodges on a 5-yard pass with 1:11 left in the half. Rushing converted the two-point conversion for a 26-0 lead.
After a scoreless third quarter, Stuckey put the nail in the coffin on a 1-yard plunge early in the fourth. Senior female kicker Tatum Blitch nailed the PAT for a 33-0 lead.
Hennessy substituted freely and Gatewood was able to take advantage of the newcomers as the Gators mounted a 13-play, 65-yard scoring drive. Freshman fullback Brandon Belans, who had been Gatewood’s workhorse on the night, plunged over from 2 yards out at the 4:44 mark
Bulloch Academy hosts Memorial Day School next Friday night.