Bowling Green travels to ACCS

Published 7:29 am Friday, September 2, 2016

Bowling Green takes to the road tonight, as the Buccaneers travel to Adams County Christian Academy to face the Rebels.

“We played good in spots, but we were too soft on the run, so we’ve got to do better up front,” Bowling Green coach David Currier said. “I thought the offensive lines would be our strong points. We hadn’t played in couple of weeks, so that might have been what it was.”

Bowling Green gave up 174 yards rushing last week and 127 passing in the 21-12 loss to Wayne Academy.

Last week’s season opener was the first live action against another team for the Buccaneers in three weeks. Their jamboree game, which was scheduled at Ben’s Ford Christian School, was cancelled because of the weather and the Bucs had a bye in week one.

Currier said his team needs to do a better job of moving the ball and keeping it away from ACCS. He said defensively, they need to avoid giving up the big play, noting that ACCS has a lot of speed.

In last week’s game, quarterback Cameron Bell threw for 130 yards on 11-of-24 passing. He also ran for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Running back Cameron Cowart rushed for 46 yards and a score.

One of the players that Currier said is standing out is wingback/free safety Logan Leger.

“He’s got great potential,” Currier said. “He made a couple of good catches and he made some good runs. He made a few plays. He plays both ways. You’re going to be hearing a lot about him.”

Defensively last week, Brandon McElveen led Bowling Green with 14 tackles. Tex Smith and Nathan Case had 10 tackles each.

The teams met last season and ACCS won that game 27-7.

Adams enters this week with an 0-2 record. The Rebels come in after falling to Jackson Academy, 35-14, last week.

“We graduated a two-year starter at quarterback, a running back and a linebacker, two corners and a safety,” defensive coordinator Richy Spears said. “The first two weeks, we had Jackson Academy and Madison-Ridgeland Academy. They’re two 4A schools. We missed our jamboree because of rain. We’re still trying to find ourselves. We’ve got some kids in from other places we’re hoping to gel and compete like we hope we can.”

Spears is a 1988 Bowling Green graduate. He coached at Bowling Green from 1998-2007.

He said the team runs multiple sets.

He said several players have seen time at quarterback depending on the package and he said there is no set running back.

Their top receiver is wide receiver is George Scott III, who is a Louisiana Tech commitment.

“He can change a game,” Spears said. “He can go get the football. We’re going to throw it to him. We like to get the ball in his hands as much as possible. He’s a playmaker. He’s 6-foot-2, 185. He can go get it.”

The top defenders are ends Chris Smothermon and Cole Gatlin, safety Dykevis Ford and outside linebacker Cade Wells.

Smothermon and Gatlin have two sacks each while Ford enters Friday’s game with one interception.