Bowling Green faces Ben’s Ford in Buccaneers’ home opener

Published 12:24 am Friday, August 24, 2018

Bowling Green School will celebrate its home opener tonight by facing Ben’s Ford Christian School, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
Bowling Green enters the season’s second week with a 1-0 record after blanking Park Lane Christian Academy, 54-0, last week. Ben’s Ford is also 1-0, after defeating New Orleans Home School, 22-12.
“I keep telling my kids that you can’t base it off of what they did last week because (Ben’s Ford coach) Dean (King) will have them ready to play,” Bowling Green coach Boomer Nunez said. “He played at Bowling Green and coached at Bowling Green before Ben’s Ford and he always gets them ready to play, which kind of evens the playing field out.”
Bowling Green quarterback Johntae McDowell threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns last week, and he ran nine times for 116 yards and four scores.
Larry Dillon led the team in rushing with 131 yards on 11 carries to go with a touchdown.
Kengie Gordon had 57 yards on six attempts and a touchdown.
On the receiving side, Rashaan Duke caught five passes for 119 yards and a touchdown.
Cameron Bell had three receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. Cade Knight recorded four catches for 73 yards.
Defensively, Denzel Evans made eight tackles and picked off a pass.
Evans played linebacker and corner. His interception came while playing corner.
“He’s all over the field and the ball,” Nunez said. “He also contributed on special teams. You can’t ask for more from a guy like that.”
Jackson Dobraska made six stops, Brayden McGehee had five and Steven Cooper tallied two tackles and three pass breakups.
Ben’s Ford won last year’s contest by a forfeit that was recorded as a 2-0 win.
The Eagles won their season opener last week, 22-12, over New Orleans Home School. Ben’s Ford erased a 12-0 deficit late in the fourth quarter and scored the 22 points over the final five minutes of the game.
“It’s a big game,” King said. “We know that Bowling Green is a good football team. They’ve got some new kids and new coaches. They’re hyped up. After seeing film, they’re very good defensively, very good offensively and they’ve got a lot of speed. Going into this game, we’re the underdog. We have to go in there and play good football.
“We can’t do what we did last week. We can’t have penalties, we can’t have touchdowns called back and we can’t drop passes. It’s their first home game, so I expect them to have a good crowd. It should be a fun atmosphere.”
King said that he was proud of his team’s effort at the end of their last win, as the Eagles scored three touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the last five minutes.
Alston Moore ran for two touchdowns.
Tyler Winstead threw a touchdown pass to Tucker Keating and he also passed to Keating for a successful two-point conversion.
Chase Penton intercepted a pass for the Eagles.