Bowling Green hoping to end 2014 on a good note

Published 2:43 pm Friday, October 24, 2014

Bowling Green plays its final regular season game of 2014 tonight at home, hosting Central Private in District 6AA action.

Both teams are kind of in the same boat this year. They’ve both struggled in the wins category, are trying to improve for next season and want to end a tough season on a good note.

“We match up pretty well against Central Private,” Bowling Green first-year coach David Currier said. “I was pleased with our effort against Ben’s Ford. We were more physical, so we have to build on that. Our injured starters are all back and full speed. We’ve got no excuses this week. They’re in the same boat as us, young and rebuilding. We need to win this game and send our seniors out with a win.”

Bowling Green (1-7, 0-3) enters tonight trying to end a five-game losing streak. The win was against Wilkinson County Christian Academy, 13-12. The Bucs were off last week. Two weeks ago, they lost to Ben’s Ford, 25-20.

The 20 points was a season high for Bowling Green.

In that game, Brady Goings had a great connection with Connor McCain, as the two teamed up for three touchdowns.

McCain finished with six catches for 101 yards, and Goings also found Jace Ball for a 2-point conversion.

Currier said he’s looking for his team to be physical on both sides of the ball.

“It’s something I wasn’t pleased with earlier this year, but against Ben’s Ford, we were physical against the run,” Currier said. “We struggled in our pass defense against Ben’s Ford. Offensively, Connor and Brady need to have big games. They teamed up for three touchdowns two weeks ago. To win, we have to complete some passes.”

Bowling Green won last year’s game, 55-0.

Central Private (2-6, 0-3) is on a three-game losing streak after falling to Ben’s Ford, 28-21.

Central Private first-year coach Joey Sanchez said one of their goals at the outset of this year was to be more physical.

We’ve done that,” Sanchez said. “One of the biggest disappointments has been mistakes and penalties. We committed two penalties last week that allowed Ben’s Ford to continue drives, and they scored on both of those drives. Being more physical has allowed us to create an identity of being a physical football team.”

Offensively, the group runs a pro style.

Trenton Guay is the quarterback. He’s joined by running backs Johnny Duncan and Austin Slater in the backfield. Cole Averette is one of the team’s receivers.

Defensively, Sanchez said his club has played well in spurts.

“I thought we played well against Silliman and Wilkinson County. I thought we played well last week, but penalties killed us last week. One thing I would like to see us do better at is creating turnovers,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez said his top defenders are lineman Ronnie Watkins, end Landon Bryson, strong safety Jude Fontenot and cornerback Trevor Wallace.