Bucs play at home

Published 6:35 am Friday, October 14, 2016

Bowling Green finishes off its regular season tonight, looking to finish on a good note with the possibility of a playoff berth if they can win, as the Buccaneers host Columbia Academy.

“It’s our last game. If we win, we’ve still got a chance at the playoffs,” Bowling Green coach David Currier said. “We could’ve clinched things last week, but we didn’t. We haven’t played physical enough all year and we didn’t block and tackle well enough last week to win. Columbia is a tough task. If we win, we might be able to make the playoffs. We just need to block and tackle better.”

Bowling Green came up short to Silliman Institute last week, 19-18.

The Buccaneers enter this week with a 3-4 overall record and the loss in the District 5AAA finale last week made them 2-2 in district play.

Currier said the team just hasn’t been consistent.

“We’ve been close to putting everything together, but we just haven’t been able to do that,” Currier said.

Last week Cameron Cowart ran for more than 100 yards and a 67-yard touchdown. Defensively, Kenny Robertson intercepted a pass. Currier said he has seven or eight interceptions this season.

Quarterback Cameron Bell rushed for two touchdowns on runs of 12 and 21 yards.

Columbia won last year’s contest, 49-12.

The Cougars are 6-2 this season after defeating Simpson Academy last week, 20-6.

Quarterback Wiley Cleland is having a solid season. The signal caller has accounted for 32 touchdowns. He has completed 111 of his 175 passes (63.4 completion percentage) for 1,490 yards, with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has also run 50 times for 406 yards (8.1 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns.

“He’s a good player,” Columbia Academy coach Randy Butler said. “He’s the leader of the team, which you like for your quarterback to be. He’s throwing it well, and when things break down, he’s got the feet and the speed to make things happen. He’s having a really good year.”

Luke McKenzie is the leading receiver with 40 catches for 673 yards (16.8 yards per reception) and 13 touchdowns. He also has nine carries for 63 yards (7.0).

Owen Harper comes into tonight’s game with 30 receptions for 331 yards (11.0) and three touchdown.

Aaron Thomas has 18 catches for 309 yards (17.2) and five touchdowns. Riles Stuart has 20 catches for 184 yards (9.2) and a touchdown.

Colton Sandifer is the team’s leading rusher 84 carries for 425 yards (5.1) and two touchdowns.

Butler said his top defenders are strongside linebacker Hayden Fornea, nose guard Blake Fornea, tackle Dylan Martin, end Jake Brewer and safeties Hayden Smith and Logan Bullock.

Hayden Fornea leads the team with 60 tackles while Blake Fornea has 51. Martin enters with 53, Brewer has 39, Smith has 28 and Bullock has 22.