It took an extra week, but the Bulloch Academy Gators got back to their winning ways in Gator Alley Friday night with a 34-7 victory over the Jaguars of Thomas Jefferson Academy.
The Gators (2-1-1) had an extra week off thanks to Tropical Storm Hermine, and they used it to rest up and prepare for the Jaguars (1-1). The rest certainly paid off as the Gators totaled 420 yards of total offense with 312 coming on the ground.
The Gators got going quickly as senior Jake Mock took the Gators first offensive play of the night 64 yards to give the Gators their first score. Mock didn't stop there as he went 26 yards for another rushing touchdown with 4:23 left in the 1st quarter. The Gators defense capped off the first quarter as Junior Brandon Merrill forced a fumble, which was recovered by Senior Nathan Rice.
The second quarter didn't start much better for the Jaguars as Mock went 43 yards for another Gator score with 10:00 left in the 1st half. Sophomore quarterback Don Aaron connected with fellow sophomore Jake Nelson on a the two point conversion to give the Gators a 22-0 lead. The drive was kept alive by Aaron as he connected with Senior Davis Childs for 25 yards on a key 3rd down play. Aaron stayed hot in the second quarter as he hit Rice streaking down the sideline for a 49 yard touchdown to give the Gators a 28-0 half time lead.
The Gators came out in the second half and took the opening drive 64 yards on 13 straight running plays. The 8:14 long drive was capped off by a 1 yard touchdown run by Senior G.C. Kimbrell. The Gator defense did the rest, as they forced three turnovers on the night. Merrill recovered another Jaguar fumble, and Rice had a key interception in the Gator end zone to end a Jaguar scoring threat.
Mock led the way for the Gators as he carried the ball 11 times for 172 yards with 3 touchdowns, while Aaron threw for 108 yards and a touchdown.
“This was our best overall game by far,” said Gator Head Coach Terence Hennessy. “We came out wanting to control the line of scrimmage and we did. We were aggressive the entire game, and our seniors showed great leadership tonight.”
The Gators have a bye week before heading to Lyons to face the Crusaders of Robert Toombs.