Bowling Green goes to 2-0 after win over Ben’s Ford

Published 1:02 pm Thursday, August 30, 2018

By John Glover
The Daily News

The Bowling Green High School Buccaneers hosted the Ben’s Ford Christian School Eagles on Friday, defeating their rivals by the score of 46-8.
Ben’s Ford went into the game after a victory over the New Orleans Home School Team last week. Bowling Green had defeated Park Place Christian Academy in their previous game.
Quarterback Johntae McDowell led the Buccaneers in a strong showing against the Eagles, accounting for six of the seven touchdowns put on the board. McDowell threw 21 passes and completed 12, four of which resulted in a touchdown.
McDowell relied heavily on receivers Rashaan Duke, Steven Cooper and Cade Knight. McDowell and Duke completed two touchdowns. McDowell connected with Cooper and Knight for a touchdown pass each.
The Buccaneers mixed the passing game with a hard press from their running game. McDowell handed off to Larry Dillon at the 9 with four minutes left in the first half for a touchdown. McDowell and Kengie Gordon put another touchdown on the board from the 4-yard line two minutes later. Quarterback Jace Schexnider subbed in at the end of the third quarter and made a handoff to Dillon at the 11-yard line for another touchdown.
Eagles quarterback Tyler Winstead scored the Eagles’ touchdown with a quarterback keeper from the 1.
The first half was where most of the action happened.
A minute into the game, McDowell threw his first touchdown pass to Duke from the 10-yard line. Kade Day made the extra point kick and set the score at 7-0. Three minutes later, McDowell threw to Cooper from the 48-yard-line. Cooper then ran it in the rest of the way from the 40 for the touchdown. Day attempted the extra point kick but was blocked by a host of Eagles, which left the score at 13-0.
With a minute and a half left in the first quarter, Winstead ran a quarterback keep from the 1-yard-line for the Eagles’ touchdown. Winstead faked the extra-point attempt and passed it to Jarrett Williams for the two-point conversion, bringing the score to 13-8.
At the beginning of the second quarter, McDowell passed to Duke from the 12 for a touchdown. McDowell completed a pass to Knight for the two-point conversion and set the score at 21-8. McDowell followed it up with a touchdown pass to Knight with eight minutes left in the half from the 11-yard line. Day attempted the extra point, but it went low and the score was 27-8.
The Buccaneers’ defense managed to force the Eagles to punt and a three-minute drive put Bowling Green back in scoring position. McDowell handed off to Dillon at the 4 for their fifth touchdown. McDowell attempted another two-point conversion, but the Eagles held the line and the score went to 33-8.
With two and a half minutes left in the half and back in possession of the ball, McDowell handed off to Gordon at the 4-yard line. Gordon pushed through and put another touchdown on the board for the Buccaneers. McDowell succeeded in his two-point conversion attempt with a handoff to Brayden McGehee and the score at the half was 40-8 in favor of the Buccaneers.
The second half of the game saw a rallied Eagles’ defense. The Buccaneers scored a final time at the end of the third quarter, following a handoff from Schexnider to Dillon at the 6. The extra point attempted was blocked and the final score was 46-8.
Bowling Green (2-0) will travel to Play Silliman Institute on Friday, while Ben’s Ford (1-1) will host Amite School Center.

Ben’s Ford’s Tyler Winstead looks to throw a pass in Friday’s game.