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Gators' wishbone shuts down Spartans
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Box Score
BA    0    14    0    7   —   21
EBA    0     0    0    0   —   0

Second Quarter
BA_Andrew Howell 3 run (pass failed), 11:50
BA_Will Rushing 34 run (Dylan Stuckey run), 3:16
Fourth Quarter

BA_Stuckey 9 run (Tatum Blitch kick), :58.9

    BA    EBA
First Downs    18    8
Total Yards    365    122
Rushes-Yards    54-300    25-80
Passing    65    42
Comp-Att-Int    5-6-0    5-18-1
Turnovers    4    2
Penalties-Yards    11-75    3-35

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING_BA, Andrew Howell 15-120, Dylan Stuckey 17-74, Will Rushing 8-66; EBA, Bo Goodin 14-43, Kolton Lee 5-15.
PASSING_BA, Lanier Olliff 5-6-0-0, 65; EBA, Hank Nunnally 5-18-1-0, 42
RECEIVING_BA, Wright Rockett 2-41; EBA, Zach Paulk 1-20.

WAYNESBORO - Bulloch Academy won the battle of the wishbone offenses at Rogers Field Friday night to spoil Edmund Burke Academy's homecoming with a dominating 21-0 win.

Senior halfback Andrew Howell rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries to lead the Gator ground game in BA's GISA Region 2-AA opener. Senior fullback Dylan Stuckey added 74 yards and a score on 17 carries while senior halfback Will Rushing had 66 yards on eight carries, including a 34-yard scoring scamper.

Defensively, Bulloch (5-3, 1-0 Region 2-AA) held the EBA wishbone to just 80 rushing yards, 38 in the first half. Spartan junior halfback/quarterback Bo Goodin had 43 yards on 14 carries.

Besides being homecoming for the Spartans and an important region game, the contest also carried a grudge-match implication. BA head coach Terence Hennessy was with Edmund Burke for six seasons before becoming the head Gator this past spring.

"I think they will be extremely fired up because I'm on the other sideline," Hennessy had said earlier in the week. "It could either be a good thing or a bad thing."

Early in the first quarter, it looked like it might turn out to be a bad thing.

On the first play from scrimmage, Rushing
fumbled the option pitch and Goodin recovered at the BA 38. Edmund Burke (2-5-1, 0-2) was able to push the ball to the 23-yard line. After a 5-yard penalty put the ball back on the 28, the Spartans tried to convert on a fourth-and-13 situation. EBA quarterback Hank Nunnally found receiver Kolton Lee in the BA end zone, but the senior dropped the ball to end the drive with 8:08 left.

That was about as much first-half offense as the Spartans could muster.

The Gators, behind the determined running of Howell and Stuckey, marched 72 yards in 18 plays to burn the remainder of the first quarter and score on the first play of the second. It was Howell's remarkable second-effort blasts that got the BA sidelines and visiting crowd into the game. The senior kept churning his feet and eventually bounced out of the pile for long gainers of 16 and 13 yards in the drive. Howell put the finishing touches on with a 3-yard touchdown at the 11:50 mark of the second quarter.

Bulloch forced the Spartans to punt on their ensuing drive and was able to put together another time-consuming march to the promised land.

Eleven plays later, Rushing redeemed himself in the option by taking the pitch from junior quarterback Lanier Olliff, turning the corner and making the most of the help he received from his blockers. He threaded his way through the Spartans and turned on the jets for the final yards of the 34-yard score. Stuckey bulled over for the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead with 3:16 left in the half. In the drive, Stuckey had two big plays; a 17-yard dash and a 2-yard blast on a fourth-and-2 situation with 4:00 left.

The Gators tried to get on the scoreboard again at the end of the quarter.

Howell busted the EBA defense for a 47-yard run and Olliff hit freshman Wright Rockett on a 15-yard slant pattern down to the Spartan 14. BA senior kicker Tatum Blitch was just wide right on a 30-yard field goal as time expired.

EBA tried something different in the second half, coming out in a shotgun formation with Goodin at quarterback. Goodin took off running most of the time in the ensuing drive and led the Spartans to the shadow of the BA end zone. But the ball popped out of Lee's hands and squirted to the BA 5, where Rushing recovered it to stop the threat.

The remainder of the third and most of the fourth was a hard-hitting battle until Bulloch got the ball back on downs late. On a third-and-4 from the EBA 35, Rockett hauled in an Olliff pass at the Spartan 9. Stuckey got the call and carried three defenders with him into the end zone for the score with less than a minute left.