'Cats rely on early big plays
FRANKLIN -- Big plays from Battle Ground Academy's Kel Hawkins resulted in three first quarter scores as the Wildcats rolled to a 38-7 victory over Friendship Christian School Saturday at Guffee - Brown Stadium.
In a game postponed from Friday due to lightning, the Wildcats (2-0) wasted little time exploiting Friendship's young defense.
Hawkins scored on pass plays of 31 and 67 yards from Drew Martin, then dazzled the home crowd with a 74 yard sweep of left end, punctuated by a brilliant cutback at the 25.
Friendship trimmed the margin to 21-7 in the second period with an eight yard touchdown pass from Braden Reece to Justin Seagraves.
The Wildcats bounced back with a gadget play moments later. Facing a third and long his own five, BGA quarterback Drew Martin came right on an apparent sweep of right end.
As he was taking a hit from defensive end Gregory Elliott, Martin pitched the ball to Jake Holloway who then lobbed a pass to Ollie Reese. The play went for 95 yards and a score -- pretty much putting the game on ice.
Friendship managed 342 yards in total offense and 17 first downs.
The Commanders ran for 239 yards on 45 attempts with Spencer Burge leading the way.
Burge accounted for 83 tough yards on 18 carries while Ernie Gallatin clicked for 58 yards on nine attempts. Colt Mahoney ran for 34 on four tries, Gray Taylor had 33 on eight and Reece ran three times for 24 yards.
Mahoney completed 3-of-6 passes for 60 yards. He was picked off twice. Reece went four-of-seven for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Sophomore receiver Dartanian Saunders caught three balls for 62 yards, including a 46 yard effort from Mahoney in the first quarter.
Now 0-2 on the season, the Commanders travel to Seymour to take on
The King's Academy Friday, Sept. 2. TKS stands 0-2 on the season following a 28-24 loss to Boyd-Buchanan.
Battle Ground Acd. 38,
Friendship Christian 7
FCS 0 7 0 0 -- 7
BGA 21 14 3 0 -- 38
BGA - Kel Hawkins 31 pass from Drew Martin. Jake Holloway kick. First quarter.
BGA - Hawkins 67 pass from Martin. Holloway kick. First quarter.
BGA - Hawkins 74 run. Holloway kick. First quarter.
FCS - Justin Seagraves 8 pass from Braden Reece. Neill Kane kick. Second quarter.
BGA - Ollie Reese 95 pass from Holloway. Holloway kick. Second quarter.
BGA - Joseph Pasley 3 run. Holloway kick. Second quarter.
BGA - Holloway 36 field goal. Third quarter.