Bowling Green blanks CHEF, Ben’s Ford comes up short to Salem in jamboree

Published 2:25 pm Thursday, August 16, 2018

Bowling Green School rolled past Baton Rouge CHEF and Ben’s Ford came up short to Salem in Friday night’s jamboree games held at Ben’s Ford.
Each game featured two 20-minute halves with a running clock. The ball began on the 30 to begin each half and after scoring drives.
The opener was an 8-0 win by New Orleans Home School over Acadiana Home School.

Bowling Green 26, Baton Rouge CHEF 0
The second game of the three-game jamboree saw Bowling Green School blank Baton Rouge CHEF, 26-0.
Johntae McDowell threw three touchdown passes and ran for another.
McDowell and Cameron Bell proved to have a solid connection. Two of his scoring strikes went to Bell on completions of 14 and 70 yards.
McDowell threw for 140 yards. Bell caught two passes for 84 yards, each for a score.
“From day one, Johntae came in, him and Cam have hit it off,” Bowling Green coach Boomer Nuñez said. “They’re best friends off the field too and it was a tough move for Cam going to receiver from quarterback last year. With everything we’ve done with him, he’s taken it to heart, played hard and worked hard to be a good receiver.”
Defensively, the Buccaneers forced three turnovers along with a sack, and turned two of those turnovers into points.
Nuñez said he was very happy overall.
“We just have to clean up the stupid penalties because that can cost us in games, so we’re going to do some extra running and some character building stuff to make sure that doesn’t happen in real games,” he said.
Bowling Green’s Brayden McGehee recovered a fumble on the game’s second play at CHEF’s 19. Three plays later, McDowell connected with Bell on a 14-yard touchdown pass. Kade Day hit the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 17:05 left in the first half.
The Bucs defense forced a punt on the next possession and scored in four plays when McDowell went to Rashaan Duke on first down from CHEF’s 43. Duke made the catch and did the rest, going the distance for six more. Day added the point after and it was 14-0 with 10:37 on the clock.
Bell picked off a pass and Bowling Green took over at CHEF’s 34. On third-and-8 from the 32, McDowell kept on an option and ran 32 yards to pay dirt. The extra point was no good, keeping it 20-0 at the 4:47 mark.
Bowling Green wasted little time getting on the board in the second half. McDowell went up top to Bell with a perfect pass. Bell took it from there. The extra point was no good and the Bucs led 26-0 just 15 seconds into the second half and went on to the 26-0 victory.
Also for Bowling Green, Mitchell Lott recovered a fumble and Jackson Miley made a sack.
Bowling Green begins regular season play on Friday with a road game against Park Place Christian Academy.

Salem 6, Ben’s Ford Christian School 0
Ben’s Ford lost a close game to Salem, 6-0, to wrap the jamboree up.
The game’s only score was a one-yard run by J.B. Bridges on the half’s opening drive with 12:32 left in the second half. Ben’s Ford’s defense stopped the two-point run. The run capped off an 11-play, 70-yard drive.
“I thought overall, as far as defensively, we allowed six points in 40 minutes of play,” Ben’s Ford coach Dean King said. “I think that’s pretty good. Salem, they obviously have some athletes. They’re in the public school system and for us to be able to hang in there defensively like that says a lot for us.
“Offensively, we had our chances. We were inside the (redzone) three times and we didn’t capitalize. Those are mistakes. We’ve got to keep working. We’re still building a program here. We’re trying to change things and that’s part of it. You’ve got to keep working and keep believing.
“I think we’re definitely a better football team than last year. I think we’re ahead of the game right now. We’ve just to keep fixing the little mistakes and keep moving forward.”
Ben’s Ford’s three trips to the red zone resulted in two turnovers and a turnover on downs.
Tyler Winstead threw for 86 yards and Alston Moore ran for 64.
Ben’s Ford will start the regular season on Friday with a home game against New Orleans Home School.

Ben’s Ford Christian School’s Alston Moore runs upfield during Friday’s jamboree game.