FRANKLIN – Sean Williams scored five touchdowns and the Battle Ground Academy football team withstood a second-half surge from Davidson Academy to claim a 45-30 victory Friday.
Williams rushed 14 times for 205 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground – including a 19-yarder with just over two minutes to play to ice the game – and also caught three passes for 61 yards and a pair of TDs.
Davidson Academy, a newcomer to the Division II-AA Middle Region, gave up the first four touchdowns Friday and trailed 38-8 early in the third quarter before reeling off three touchdowns and picking up a safety to close within 38-30 with 7:56 to play.
Knox Roberts threw for two touchdowns in the spurt, overcoming a couple interceptions early for Davidson Academy. His final TD – a 4-yard pass to Courtland Simmons – made it a one-possession game before Williams closed the door with a 19-yard scoring run with 2:13 to play.
Williams also scored on runs of 70 and 58 and added two of the three TD passes from BGA quarterback Brett Brown. Williams has rushed for 665 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season.
Brown closed 7-of-12 for 208 yards Friday and also connected with Devin McLemore in the end zone. Brown’s 54-yard touchdown pass to Williams staked a 14-0 lead for the home team less than five minutes into the contest.
Davidson Academy, which entered unbeaten and ranked No. 3 in the latest Associated Press poll in DII-AA, committed three turnovers.
Miller Barnett recorded 9 1/2 tackles for the BGA defense, while Colin Cornett added three tackles with a sack. The Wildcats improved to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in region play.
BGA heads to DII-AAA’s Pope John Paul II (4-1) in Week 6.
Battle Ground Academy 45, Davidson Academy 30
1Q 11:41 B – Sean Williams 70 (Carson Coco);
1Q 7:19 B – Williams 54 pass from Brett Brown (Coco);
2Q 12:00 B – Coco 35 FG;
2Q 9:28 B – Williams 58 run (Coco kick);
2Q 7:56 D – Diivonta Phillips 29 run (Courtland Simmons pass from Phillips);
2Q 5:56 B – Williams 7 pass from Brown (Coco kick);
3Q 9:58 B – Devin McLemore 47 pass from Brown (Coco kick);
3Q 7:59 D – Simmons 34 run (Pass failed);
3Q 4:27 D – safety;
3Q 2:54 D – Simmons 4 pass from Knox Roberts (Roman Mathis kick);
4Q 7:56 D – Bryson Burns 4 pass from Roberts (Mathis kick);
4Q 2:13 B – Williams 19 run (Coco kick).