Bowling Green School traveled to Hattiesburg last Friday to take on Presbyterian Christian School. The Class 4A Buccaneers were looking to upset the Class 6A Bobcats for their return game and move a game above .500. The Bobcats protected their home turf and earned a 35-18 victory that moved the Bucs to 3-4 on the season.
Bowling Green played without several key starters who suffered from the flu while others played after recently recovering from the illness.
On Presbyterian’s second possession, the Bobcats ran for 80 yards in 6 plays while reaching the end zone on a touchdown and 25-yard run. The extra point was good and PCS led 7-0 in the first quarter.
The Bucs took over on their own 23-yard line on the ensuing possession. Behind a steady push from the offensive line, BGS went for 77 yards in 10 plays to get on the scoreboard. Josiah Miller capped the drive with a 25-yard touchdown run. The extra point was missing slightly to the left and Presbyterian held a slim 7-6 lead.
The Presbyterians were quick to increase their lead. Two plays after kickoff, the Bobcats scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass. After the successful extra point, PCS held a 14-6 lead with 6:59 left in the second quarter.
The Bobcats returned a BGS punt inside the 20-yard line. A screen pass to the right flat went for a 15-yard touchdown. A successful extra point put Presbyterian ahead 21-6, which would be the half-time score.
Presbyterian took over on their third possession of the second half at the 50-yard line. The Bobcats went for 50 yards in 6 plays and scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was scored and PCS held a 28-6 lead with 7:30 left in the third quarter.
Bowling Green returned the kickoff to its own 40-yard line. Quarterback Maddox Magee found Dray Killingsworth for a 29-yard completion on first down. Kyron Cowart ran around the right end on the next play to finish the drive with a 36-yard touchdown run. The try for two failed and the score was 28-12 at the end of the third quarter.
The Bobcats responded with a drive that resulted in a touchdown pass. The extra point increased the PCS lead to 35-12 in the fourth quarter.
The Buccaneers finished the game scoring when Miller carried the midfielder for 24 yards and a BGS touchdown. A failed two-point conversion made the final score 35-18 with the Bucs short on the night.
“Battled the flu all week and had limited training time,” said trainer Phill Junkins. “I thought our first half of play was solid, but fatigue and illness caught up with us in the second half. We’ll face another tough opponent at Parklane Academy next Friday. Josiah had a good night with 23 runs for 116 yards and Kyron Cowart had 14. carries for 82 yards.”
Defensively, Zeke Burford, Camrin Seal and Maddox Magee had four tackles, Trey Champagne, Cale McDaniel and Jonathan Traylor each had three tackles while LJ Jenkins, Bryce Graham and Ben Galloway had two each.
The Buccaneers will host Parklane Academy this Friday at WE “Buck” Hellen Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the Bowling Green campus.