Bowling Green plays final District 5AAA contest of 2016

Published 8:40 am Friday, October 7, 2016

Bowling Green is at home tonight for its District 5AAA finale, as the Buccaneers host defending Class AAA champion Silliman Institute.

“Big game with Silliman at home. It’s our last district game,” Bowling Green coach David Currier said. “To be in the playoffs, we probably need to beat Silliman. We need to up our record to 4-3. With a win, it would probably put us in the playoffs. If we don’t, we might not make it in the playoffs, so I’d rather take care of business this week.”

Bowling Green is 3-3 overall and 2-1 in district. The Bucs are coming off of a 31-0 victory over Ben’s Ford Christian School.

Last week, Cameron Bell accounted for three touchdowns. He threw one to Logan Leget and ran for two more. Leget returned last week from injury.

“He’s a big asset to our team,” Currier said. “He’s a starter and a playmaker and we’re very happy to have him back.”

Cameron Cowart scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run.

Currier praised the play of the two Camerons, along with Leget.

“They’re our playmakers as well. We need to get the ball to Cameron Cowart,” Currier said. “We need to throw the ball to Cameron Cowart more and Logan Leget is right there with them. With him and Cameron Cowart, we need to get the ball in both of their hands.”

Defensively, Drew Knight brought back a fumble on a backwards pass 30 yards for a touchdown and Kenny Robertson intercepted three passes.

“We need to play solid defense,” Currier said. “Kenny Robertson is doing a great job at cornerback. I think he had three interceptions again last week. He just needs to improve a little against the run.”

Silliman won last year’s game, 34-0, which was part of an 8-1 regular season on the way to a state title.

This year, Silliman has had its struggles, going 0-6 overall and 0-1 in district, and has played a tough schedule.

“We’ve played a lot of great teams, some 4A teams that have good win-loss records, one team that has beaten everybody and we’ve lost to some teams we shouldn’t have lost to,” Silliman coach T.J. Davis said. “It’s been a roller coaster year. Our guys are getting up for games and are excited, but they get on the field and they put a lot of pressure on themselves. They just need to relax and play the game.”

The quarterback position is by committee with Ryder Lockhart, Jack Jackson and Myles Simmons.

The running backs are Patrick Crain and Reed Rushing.

The wide receivers are Simmons, Ben LeJeune, Trace McManus and John Tal Day.

Davis said his top defenders include lineman Colton Strain, linebacker Brody Kelly and defensive backs Jackson and LeJeune.