BGA takes a homecoming stroll over Davidson Academy
By Doug Dyer, for the Williamson Herald
Ronald Cleveland wanted to get rid of the bad feeling he had after last week.
To ease his pain, the junior running back for Battle Ground Academy accounted for 175 yards of total offense and scored four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ dominating 41-0 victory over Davidson Academy Friday night.
“Last week left a sour taste in our mouths,” Cleveland said of the Wildcats’ 10-7 loss to Pope John Paul II Sept. 27. “We just focused on having good practices and cleaning up some stuff. It was great seeing us all come together (Friday).”
Cleveland rushed for 128 yards and two TDs and caught two passes for 47 yards, both of them going for touchdowns.
“When I get the ball and see an opening, I try to score,” he said. “I want to take advantage of any opportunity to put our team ahead.”
The Wildcats also stifled Davidson defensively, forcing four turnovers and limiting the Davidson offense to just 127 total yards, with most of that coming on the Bears’ final drive of the game.
“Our big thing this week was making improvements,” BGA coach Roc Batten said. “I’m proud of the way we performed.”
BGA was able to stop Davidson on a 4th-and-5 play from the Wildcat 18 to keep the shutout intact. Even with younger players in the game, the fight was still there at the end, Batten said.
“I can’t remember the last time we had a shutout,” he said. “Having those young guys in there making some plays for us, that’s a confidence builder for the whole team.”
During the second and third quarters combined, Davidson netted just 34 yards of offense and turned it over three times, while BGA led 21-0 after the first quarter and never looked back.
The Wildcats did have some mistakes on offense and turned it over once, but Cole Grosvenor continues to be solid at quarterback for the fourth straight game, Batten said.
“He made some good plays and big throws for us, and the offensive line protected him well,” he said.
Cleveland’s 32-yard TD run in the first quarter got things started for the ‘Cats, and they followed that up with a trick play, where receiver Rieves Berry threw a 35-yard TD pass to Marcus Cawthorne. Grosvenor was able to find the end zone after scrambling out of the pocket and running 22 yards to pay dirt at the end of the first.
Grosvenor found Cleveland for his two TD passes in the second quarter, the first of which was a cutback play where Grosvenor had to roll out and throw to Cleveland in the flat. The receiver caught it and ran back across the field, breaking four tackles along the way to score from 26 yards out.
A 21-yard TD pass to Cleveland with 0:22 left until halftime left the score at 35-0 BGA at intermission.
The Wildcats took the ball to start the third quarter and scored in three plays, with Cleveland’s 72-yard TD run capping off the scoring. By virtue of the mercy rule, the clock ran continuously in the second half since BGA was up by 35 points, but numerous young players saw action, Batten said.
BGA goes on the road next week for arguably its toughest test of the season, traveling to Knoxville to face defending Division II-A state champion Webb School of Knoxville.
Posted on: 10/5/2013