Solid defense helps Bucs blank CHEF in jamboree at Ben’s Ford
Published 9:38 am Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Bowling Green played stout defense and was solid on offense in a 13-0 victory over CHEF during the Ben’s Ford Christian School Jamboree Aug. 14.
“This is the second week in a row we’ve played some solid defense,” Bowling Green coach David Currier said. “Plus, we’re playing without Drake Spears, our best defensive tackle (injured). We gave up a total of 53 yards. They only completed one pass, so defense is a bright spot.”
The jamboree, which featured nine teams, was a pair of 12-minute halves.
Punts were not rushed and the next drive began where the ball was caught, fielded or rolled to a stop.
There were no kickoffs. Teams began the half or the drive after a score at the 30-yardline.
Things got off to a good start for the Buccaneers.
Just 1:28 into the game, CHEF faced third-and-12 from its own 28, and Jace Ball made the first big play of the contest. Ball intercepted the third down pass and gave his team good field position at CHEF’s 38.
Five plays into the drive, Jordan Barnes, who threw for 44 yards and ran for 48, put the first points on the board when he kept from the one and scored to make it 6-0 with 8:14 remaining. The extra point was no good, and the score stayed at 6-0.
Neither team was able to score for the rest of the half, and it remained a 6-0 contest at halftime.
Each team punted to begin the second half. Bowling Green took over at about the six-minute mark from CHEF’s 38.
Barnes ran the option to Cameron Cowart for eight yards.
Barnes then ran for 22, but the play was called back because of holding. The flag was marked off from the spot, so it went back to the 33.
Barnes then gained 20 on the next play before Ball picked up four more on a run.
Ball then handed to Cowart, and he ran it in from the nine for the score.
The PAT was no good, but Bowling Green’s lead was up to 12-0 with 4:17 remaining in the game.
CHEF used up the rest of the clock and nearly had a touchdown late, but the receiver was out of bounds as time expired.
Coach Currier said the offense has improved.
“It takes a little longer for the offense to gel,” Currier said. “It’s more timing with the offense than there is with the defense. It’s early on, and we’re showing improvement, but we need to correct some timing issues in the passing game.”