PERRY — It was a David vs. Goliath storyline Friday night as Bulloch Academy marched into Marvin Arrington Stadium to face The Westfield School.
But it didn’t end the way it did in the Bible.
The massive Hornets overpowered the smaller Gators on both sides of the ball to pound Bulloch 55-14. Six different Westfield runners scored as the defending GISA Class AAA state champions ran up a 35-0 halftime lead.
Junior Josh Jenkins had touchdown runs of 28 and 27 yards in the first half. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had a 1-yard plunge and Cam Forrester broke a 34-yard scamper. Westfield defensive back Gavin Edmondson also had a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Another quick score early in the third quarter put the Hornets (4-1) up 42-0 on homecoming night and started the GISA mercy rule of a running clock.
Bulloch’s depleted and banged-up roster was just no match for the sea of green-and-white jerseys on the home side of the field. Westfield two-platooned on both offense and defense, using its abundance of players to keep the action fresh on the field. Ten different Hornet runners touched the ball during the course of the night.
By contrast, the injury bug was so bad for Bulloch that the Gators’ leading rusher, senior fullback Dylan Stuckey, had to start on the offensive line.
A fired-up crowd of alumni, parents and students helped keep the intensity level of the Westfield players at a high level. Another score midway through the third quarter gave the Hornets a 49-0 advantage with 6:34 remaining.
Bulloch (3-3) avoided the goose egg on the ensuing kickoff.
Senior upback Andrew Howell fielded the ball at the 21. He bulled through the middle and bounced to the outside, outracing the Hornets kick coverage for a 79-yard return at the 5:44 mark.
Westfield retaliated with an 11-play, 65-yard drive for an early fourth-quarter score for a 55-7 lead.
The Gators were able to muster a late fourth-quarter scoring march. Senior Lee Waters capped a 13-play, 52-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge with 1:00 left in the game.
Bulloch returns to the friendly confines of Gator Alley next Friday night to host Brentwood.