Buccaneers beat Warriors, 43-8

Published 11:33 pm Friday, September 20, 2019

By John Glover

The Daily News


The Bowling Green Buccaneers defeated the Clinton Christian Academy Warriors Friday at home by the score of 43-8. The Buccaneers went into the game coming off a victory over Columbia Academy the previous week, while the Warriors had defeated Canton Academy that same week.

Bowling Green started Friday’s game off in high gear. In the first play after the kickoff at their own 41-yard-line, quarterback Rashaan Duke handed the ball off to Wayne Ray. Ray broke through the Warriors’ line and ran it all the way for the touchdown. Duke passed to Stephen Scott Cooper in the end zone for the two-point conversion and the score went to 8-0 just 10 seconds into the game.

With two minutes left in the first quarter, Duke passed to Cooper from the Clinton 36. Cooper caught it at the 7 and ran it in for the Buccaneers’ second touchdown. Cade Knight caught Duke’s pass in the end zone for the two-point conversion and the score went to 16-0.

The second quarter saw more of the same, with the Buccaneers putting up another three touchdowns.

With seven minutes left in the first half, Duke passed to Knight from the Warriors’ 30 for a touchdown. The conversion attempt failed and the score went to 22-0.

The Buccaneers got the ball back almost immediately when a fumble by Clinton quarterback Dylan Mitchell was recovered by Bowling Green’s Emmanuel Powell at the Clinton 7. Two plays later, Duke passed to Jekorvian Long for a touchdown. Duke attempted the conversion with a pass to Cameron Brock, but it was incomplete and the score moved to 28-0.

The Buccaneer defense forced the Warriors to punt in their next possession, giving the Buccaneers another drive before the end of the half. With 2:20 left in the second quarter, Duke handed off to Ray at the 1. Ray broke through for the last touchdown of the half. Cooper caught a pass from Duke for the two-point conversion and the score was 36-0 at halftime.

The visitors came out of halftime with a strong effort. A 10-play drive by the Warriors ended with a handoff from Mitchell to Noah Murray from the 1-yard-line for the only touchdown of the third quarter. Mitchell was successful in his two-point conversion and the score was 36-8 going into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter kicked off with the Warriors in possession at their own 38 yard line. Mitchell fumbled a snap and it was picked up by Bowling Green’s Jacob Dobraska, who ran it back for the final touchdown of the game. The extra point kick was good and the final score was 43-8.

Bowling Green will host Wayne Academy next Friday.