Eagles and Bucs solid in spring game at WCCA

Published 2:59 pm Monday, May 18, 2015

Ben’s Ford Christian School and Bowling Green School took the field for their spring games Thursday at Wilkinson County Christian Academy and both coaches came away very pleased with their teams’ performances.

The four clubs played three games with each consisting of a 20-minute period. The clock was running until the final two minutes when they went to the standard clock operation rules.

Ben’s Ford tallied a 1-1-1 record.

The Eagles captured their first game, 14-6, over Prentiss Christian School.

Dionte Fernandez put up solid numbers. He was in on both touchdowns. He caught one for about 60 yards on a pass from Daniel Pittman. Fernandez also ran for another score from about 15 yards out.

Fernandez also completed a 2-point conversion pass to Garrett Pounds.

Defensively, he intercepted Prentiss’ 2-point conversion attempt. Had they made that, the game would’ve been tied, 8-8.

Bowling Green beat Ben’s Ford, 7-0, in the second contest.

The Eagles played the host school to an 8-8 tie in the final game.

In that contest, Pittman completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Ashton Hines. Fernandez ran in the 2-point conversion, which made it 8-0.

Ben’s Ford’s Cole Holden, who enters his second year as the Eagles’ head coach, said he was pleased with the effort.

“We were flying around, and we were real physical,” Holden said. “We had a lot of young kids step up. Offensively, we executed very well as far as running our offense, but we’ve got to clean it up. We had several turnovers. Defensively, I was very pleased with how we played. We can’t give up the big play though. On one instance, we had a team backed up third-and-15, but they got the first down, but overall, I was pleased with our play.”

Bowling Green went 2-0-1 Thursday.

The Buccaneers began by tying Wilkinson County Christian Academy, 0-0.

The second game was a 7-0 victory over Ben’s Ford.

Bowling Green capped off the night by defeating Prentiss, 12-8.

Buccaneers coach David Currier, who is entering his second season at Bowling Green, said they were real pleased all around.

“We were real physical,” Currier said. “That’s one thing we were looking for was to be real physical and fly to the ball. Offensively, we need to improve on the offensive line a little bit, but we showed a lot of promise. We’re a lot more physical and the experience shows from all of the returning players we have back. Our quarterback Jordan Barnes is mobile and he can throw. He’s got speed and a good arm. He just needs to get some experience. When things weren’t there, he pulled it down and ran. He broke a 60-yard run against Prentiss. He gives us that big play threat. He can pull the ball down and run. Defense was solid. Brock Faust at middle linebacker did a great job.”

Currier said it was a total team effort. He said he is excited about ending the spring where they are.

Currier said Drake Spears, who plays offensive and defensive line, and outside linebacker Matt Pierce played well for his club.

Currier said that defensive end Chris Waskom returned a fumble for touchdown. He said that Hunter Mulkey, who plays tight end, wide receiver and defensive end made some big plays, especially on defense.

Also, Currier said that defensive back/wide receiver Jace Ball intercepted a pass on defense and caught a touchdown pass from Barnes in the final minute to beat Prentiss.