Buccaneers lose in final regular season contest

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bowling Green’s Buccaneers suffered a 55-28 loss to Columbia Academy at home, capping off their 2016 regular season.

The Bucs trailed 14-8 after the first quarter, but were outscored 20-6 in the second period. It was 34-14 at halftime.

Cameron Cowart was moved to receiver for this game and had a huge day, catching six passes for 201 yards with three long touchdowns. His scoring receptions were 75, 59 and 60 yards.

Quarterback Cameron Bell had a big game as well, completing 12-of-20 passes for 245 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Bowling Green coach David Currier praised both players.

“They’ve been the bright spots all year,” Bowling Green coach David Currier said.

“Cam Bell has played well all year as a first-year QB. He’s got a bright future. We’ve also had a lot of drops for him. Fortunately he’s coming back.

“Cam Cowart is our best player. You saw what he did receiving. He’s our best receiver; he’s our best running back. Everybody knows that and they key on him. We moved him to receiver and you saw what he did.”

Currier said that Cowart also plays cornerback and does a good job there, as well.

As a team, the Bucs ran for 103 yards on 34 carries. They had 348 yards of total offense.

Defensively, Demarcus Fland and Tez Smith made 10 tackles each, while Brandon McElveen had seven.

Columbia Academy quarterback Wiley Cleland added to his impressive numbers this season, accounting for five touchdowns. He threw for 313 yards on 16-of-24 for four touchdowns. He also ran for a score.

This season, Cleland had 1,803 passing yards with 25 touchdowns and five interceptions to go with 427 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

Owen Harper caught four passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns while Luke McKenzie had six receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown.

Colton Sandifer ran 12 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns.

Bowling Green finished the regular season with a 3-5 record.