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Olliff, Rushing lead BA to win

Box Score
BA    8    14    6    14 — 42
TCS    3     6    7     0 — 16

First Quarter
BA_Andrew Howell 5 run (Lanier Olliff to Will Rushing), 7:22
TCS_Matt Coleman 36 FG, 2:48
Second Quarter
TCS_Whiatt Smith 12 pass from Wyatt Payne (run failed), 7:04
BA_Rushing 3 run (Rushing run), 3:06
BA_Olliff 1 run (run failed), :10.4
Third Quarter
BA_Rushing 6 run (run failed), 8:45
TCS_Cam Soles 13 pass from Payne (Coleman kick), 5:58
Fourth Quarter
BA_Olliff 2 run (Dylan Stuckey run), 9:38
BA_Rushing 15 run (attempt failed), 3:04

    BA    TCS
First Downs    16    15
Total Yards    477    215
Rushes-Yards    50-415    35-84
Passing    62    131
Comp-Att-Int    1-3-0    8-20-1
Turnovers    1    3
Penalties-Yards    7-70    4-30

RUSHING_BA, Olliff 9-126, Howell 11-108, Rushing 7-90; TCS, Luke Price 12-48, Payne 11-7
PASSING_TCS, Payne 8-20-1-2, 131; BA, Olliff 1-3-0-0, 62
RECEIVING_TCS, Whiatt Smith 3-39, Cleve Warnock 2-48; BA, Rushing 1-62

DUBLIN - Bulloch Academy's Lanier Olliff and Will Rushing combined for just 16 carries, but the duo amassed 216 yards and five touchdowns as they led the Gators to a dominating 42-16 victory over Trinity Christian School in GISA Region 2-AAA action at Cleve Warnock Stadium Friday night.

Olliff, a junior quarterback, had nine totes for 126 yards and two scores while Rushing, a senior halfback, added seven carries for 90 yards and three TDs. Andrew Howell, another senior halfback in Bulloch's powerful wishbone offense, had 11 carries for 108 yards and one touchdown.

Bulloch (7-3 overall, 3-0 region) rolled up 477 yards in the rout while holding the Crusaders' deceptive Wing-T set to just over 200 yards. Trinity senior quarterback Wyatt Payne, who was highly touted by BA head coach Terence Hennessy prior to the game, was held to just 7 rushing yards.

The hard-hitting Gator defense targeted the Crusader senior and harassed him when he dropped back to pass. Defensive lineman Seth Conner sacked him twice, defensive end Hunter Perry knocked down a pass at the line of scrimmage while Rushing had a pass breakup and Olliff had a fourth-quarter interception. Linebackers Josh Bohannon and Dylan Stuckey, as well as Tyce Lovett, had some bone-crunching tackles.

Big offensive plays had a huge role in the game on both sides of the ball.

Bulloch had runs of 58, 56, 50, 28 and 21 yards and a 62-yard pass play. Trinity, down 22-9 at halftime, was forced to air the ball out in the second half. The Crusaders had plays of 36, 27 and 14 yards in the desperate effort.

After stopping the Crusaders' opening drive on a fourth-and-8 situation at the BA 28, Olliff ran a picture-perfect option keeper around the left end on BA's first play and raced for 58 yards. Three plays later, Howell banged in from 5 yards out. Olliff connected with Rushing for the two-point conversion.

Trinity came right back down the field and pushed the ball to the Gator 20. But that was as far as the BA defense would let the Crusaders go, and kicker Matt Coleman came on to drill a 36-yard field goal for an 8-3 score.

In the second, Trinity used a short field to go 10 plays to take a 9-8 lead. Payne, who was 8 of 20 for 131 yards and two scores, found Whiatt Smith for a 17-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion failed.

Bulloch added another score, a 3-yard blast by Rushing, with 3 minutes, 6 seconds left. The senior walked in for the two-point conversion for a 16-9 lead.

The Gator defense took a stand on Trinity's next possession, stopping a fake punt attempt and getting the ball at midfield. Five plays later, Olliff skirted around the end for a 1-yard TD and a 22-9 lead.

In the third quarter, Olliff and Rushing hooked up on a 62-yard catch-and-run. Four plays later, Rushing danced in from 1 yard out for a 28-9 lead.

But Payne was 3 for 3 on the Crusaders' next drive, including a 13-yard scoring strike to Cam Soles. Coleman's kick made it 28-16 with 5:58 left.

Bulloch picked up the offensive pace, putting up two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and played shutout football on defense to bring the score to its final.

The victory guarantees that Bulloch will host a first-round playoff game in November and sets up a Region 2-AAA championship game next week at Gator Alley against arch-rival Pinewood Christian.