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Gators chomp on St. Andrew's

Rushing:                 BA: 48-403; SAS: 35-48

Passing:                  BA: 13; SAS: 274

Passes:                   BA: 1-2-0; SAS: 5-7-0

Total Yards:           BA: 416; SAS: 332

First Downs:           BA: 18; SAS: 8

Penalties:                BA: 11-81.5; SAS: 1-5

Punts:                      BA: 5-1; SAS: 8-1


Bulloch               10     21     7       14   - 52

St. Andrews       0       6       8       21   - 35


First Quarter
BA –
Loy Waters 21 run (J.P. Padilla kick), 4:51

BA – Padilla 41 FG, :23


Second Quarter

BA – Matthew Blitch 13 pass from Waters (Padilla kick), 10:43

BA – Harrison Averitt 66 run (Padilla kick), 7:16

BA – Zach Sapp 20 run (Raybon Anderson kick), 3:31

SAS – Michael Yang 27 run (pass failed), 2:50


Third Quarter

SAS – Brandon Miller 63 pass from Nate Mayo (Taylor Faulk run), 10:12

BA – Andrew Howell 5 run (Padilla kick), 7:43


Fourth Quarter

SAS – Miller 63 pass from Mayo (Lane Hanberry kick), 11:48

SAS – Wright Wallace 41 pass from Mayo (Hanberry kick), 10:41

BA – Waters 4 run (Padilla kick), 7:53

BA – Waters 20 run (Padilla kick), 4:15

SAS – Sascha Tymchyahyn 65 pass from Mayo (Hanberry kick), 4:01


Leading Rushers: BA: Waters 12-98, Averitt 3-73; SAS: 7-48

Leading Passers: BA: Waters 1-2-1-1 13; SAS: Mayo 5-7-0-4, 274

Leading Receivers: BA: Blitch 1-13; SAS: Miller 2-126       

WILMINGTON ISLAND — Bulloch Academy opened its 2012 football season with a wild record-setting performance.

Unfortunately, the St. Andrew’s School Fighting Lions had the game of their lives as well.

The schools combined for an astounding 87 points and 748 yards of total offense as the Gators outlasted the Lions 52-35 Thursday night.

BA senior quarterback Loy Waters rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another but SAS signal caller Nate Mayo passed for 274 yards and four scores.

The Gators (1-0) cruised out to a 31-6 halftime lead. BA’s defense had locked up the SAS rushing game, holding it to just 28 yards in the first half.

After sputtering on its opening couple of drives, the BA offense finally took off. Highlights included Harrison Averitt’s 66-yard TD scamper, a picture-perfect 13-yard pass from Waters to Matthew Blitch, a bruising 20-yard blast from Zach Sapp and a 41-yard field goal from J.P. Padilla.

By the end of the third quarter, Bulloch took a 38-14 advantage as the Gators shuffled players in and out on both sides of the ball.

But the Lions (0-3) shocked the visitors by scoring two quick touchdowns early in the fourth quarter to cut the BA lead to 10, 38-28. Mayo opened the fourth with a 63-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Miller. After the Lions recovered a BA fumble at the 41, Mayo connected with Wright Wallace on a 41-yarder.

Back in came the BA starters and Waters engineered a seven-play scoring drive. His four-yard plunge put the Gators back up 45-28 with 7:53 left in the game.

After BA held SAS to four-plays-and-out on the ensuing series, the Gators upped the ante when Waters scampered 20-yard on an option keeper for a 52-28 advantage at the 4:15 mark.

Fourteen seconds later, the Lions took advantage of BA’s inexperienced pass defense as Mayo hit Sascha Tymchyahyn on a 65-yarder.