FPCA 0 0 0 6 — 6
BA 15 18 8 7 — 48
BA_Olliff 1 run (Waters pass from Olliff), 8:49.
BA_Rushing 4 run (Blitch kick), 4:02.
BA_Rushing 5 run (kick failed). 9:03
BA_Olliff 15 run (pass failed), 7:46
BA_Rushing 4 run (kick failed), 3:31
BA_Howell 26 run (Lovett pass from Olliff). 8:11
FPCA_Armour 17 pass from Stewart (pass failed). 10:36
BA_ Rockett intercepts Stewart for 35 yards (Blitch kick), 9:11
First downs 4 15
Total Yards 98 287
Rushes-yards 10-11 41-280
Passing 87 7
Comp-Att-Int 6-17-3 1-3-0
Turnovers 4 2
Penalties-Yards 4-39 6-60
RUSHING_FPCA, Stewart 4-42. BA, Stuckey 12-78
PASSING_FPCA, Stewart 4-13-1-43. BA, Olliff 1-3-0-7
RECEIVING_FPCA, Dickey 2-36. BA, Rushing 1-7
Due to a shortened fall camp and a rained out scrimmage, Bulloch Academy had plenty of concerns heading into its season opener against First Presbyterian Christian Academy Friday night at Gator Alley.
Thanks to a breakout performance by the Gators, Friday’s game turned into little more than a tune-up as Bulloch (1-0) cruised to a 48-6 victory.
A string of five consecutive Gators possessions led to touchdowns with the Highlanders unable to chase Bulloch’s offense off the field without points until midway through the third quarter.
“I was very pleased with our play, especially in the first half,” Bulloch coach Terence Hennessy said. “We seemed to pick things up at game speed pretty easily and our defense did a great job.”
Running a mostly no-huddle option attack, Gator quarterback Lanier Olliff seemed at ease.
After recovering a fumble on the first play from scrimmage, the Gators marched 34 yards, capped by a 1 yard scoring run by Olliff.
Three incomplete passes by FPCA quarterback Dylan Stewart later, Bulloch was back on the march. On its second drive, the Gators’ power rushing again breezed through the Highlanders and Will Rushing finished off the drive with a 4 yard run.
Tatum Blitch scored her first point as a Gator by adding the extra point.
FPCA missed a golden opportunity to get back in the game when Joshua Armour dropped a wide open pass on a go-route that would have led to an easy touchdown.
After that, the BA defensive line took over, pressuring Stewart and fellow Highlander quarterback Bolden Crane.
“The line definitely contributed to big plays,” Hennessy said. “We were worried coming in since we weren’t sure what to expect from (FPCA), but I thought our guys handled it well.”
Hurried quarterbacks led to bad passes as Lee Waters, Nathan Rice and Andrew Howell all hauled in interceptions. Howell’s pick notched the final points of the night as he took a deflected Stewart throw 35 yards to the end zone.
Bulloch’s offense put the game out of reach by halftime as Olliff sandwiched a 15 yard touchdown run between Rushing’s runs of 5 and 4 yards.
“There is still plenty to work on,” Hennessy said. “I think it was clear that we need to improve our passing. But overall, I think Lanier did a good job with the offense and everyone did what we were expecting them to do.”
The Highlanders – who are winless in their 21-game history – salvaged a bit of pride early in the fourth quarter. Stewart broke off a 22-yard run deep into Bulloch territory and then found Armour for a 17 yard touchdown strike.
The Gators play their second of 11 consecutive games next Thursday as they travel to Stillmore to take on David Emanuel Academy.
Mike Anthony may be reached at (912) 489-9408.