|Bolles barely escapes with win|
|The Press - Sports|
|Written by Bob Gerard|
|Wednesday, 19 October 2011 14:18|
On the Wildcat sideline on Friday there was a poster with the Biblical verse, “And David ran at Goliath.” For three and a half quarters David out ran, out dodged and thoroughly out played Goliath before the big behemoth got in one good blow.
David – the BCHS Wildcats — came within a point of besting Goliath – the Bolles Bulldogs — on October 14 at Memorial Stadium. The Cats were up by 13 points in the fourth quarter before the No. 1 team in the state and the No. 18 team nationally scored two touchdowns in three minutes and held off a furious Wildcat rush at the end of the game for a 28-27 win.It was the second time this season that BCHS has lost by one point and it is frustrating to think the team might be 6-0 had they not lost their all-state field goal kicker to an ankle injury while running the ball.
It was clear early on in this game that the offenses were going to be dominant. Bolles took the ball on its first possession and rambled 80 yards for the score, capped by a 40-yard touchdown pass from Colby Peters to Austin Kirksey.
BCHS answered right back. Falon Lee continued to run the ball well and Thomas Sirk hit a pair of passes on the drive to Kendrick Singleton, who recently returned the lineup after an injury, and Brandon Miller, and capped the drive with a 1-yard run. Roland Gaskins added the point after.
BCHS stopped Bolles on the next series with good defensive play from C.C. Jefferson, Jon Kinney and Hunter Sullivan, and BCHS took the lead after a 96-yard drive that culminated in a toss from Sirk to Singleton. The extra point was no good.
Sirk discovered something in the drive. He was able to beat the Bolles defensive line as they pinched in to stop the run up the middle. He would capitalize on this flaw all game long.
Bolles answered and took the lead courtesy of a 5-yard touchdown pass from Peters to Tim Betros. BCHS went into the locker room down 14-13 at the half.
The Wildcat defense came out of the intermission fired up and BCHS dominated the third period. The Cats retook the lead on a 97-yard drive highlighted by a 76-yard touchdown run from Sirk, who simply outran the Bolles defenders to the end zone. BCHS led 19-14.
They stretched their lead to two touchdowns at the beginning of the fourth quarter as they went on a 76-yard drive. Sirk hit Singleton and the receiver showed his strength as he bulled his way to the 46-yard line. Lee ran down to the Bolles 21 on two plays. Sirk faked a handoff to Lee, pulled the ball out and struck Malone Hadley for the score. Lee pounded his way in for the conversion and BCHS was up 27-14.
No Bolles football fans in the stadium that night expected the game to be over at that point. Bolles coach Corky Rogers doesn’t win 400 games by allowing his team to lie down in adversity, and to their credit they didn’t. They struck back quickly. The Cats struggled all night kicking the ball and Bolles had excellent field position on most of its possessions. DJ Stewart, who had 146 yards rushing on the night, took the drive on his shoulders and pushed to the Wildcat 12 yard line on four runs. Marvin Revell took it across for the score.
Bolles got the ball back quickly. A holding penalty pinned BCHS deep in its own end and Sirk’s only poor pass of the night was picked off and returned to the BCHS 10-yard line. Revell took it in from there for the go-ahead score.
BCHS looked as if it just might pull it out. The Cats drove from their own 16 to the Bolles 18-yard line in one of the most exciting two minutes of the season. Twice the Cats converted on fourth down with passes to Hadley and Singleton.
But with time running out, BCHS missed on a pair of pass attempts and Bolles escaped a stunner.
Sirk finished 19-26-1 for 201 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. He ran for 146 yards and two scores. Lee was 19 for 98 yards. Singleton had five receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. Hadley had five catches for 51 yards and a score. Lee had five catches for 48 yards.
The Wildcats travel to Terry Parker on October 21 at 7 pm.
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