Gators Gouged By Purples, 56-0

By: Jeff Woods Email
By: Jeff Woods Email

Bowling Green continued its dominance over Greenwood on the gridiron with a 56-0 shutout at "The Swamp".

"We had a lot of people make great contributions tonight in the win," said Purples head coach Kevin Wallace. "Very pleased to have a shutout."

The Purples attacked the Gators with both the run and the pass, finishing the night with 282 yards on the ground and 203 in the air. Senior quarterback Trent Steelman led the way with nine completions for 185 yards and a score. He also rushed ten times for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Wallace was also encouraged by the play of the defense, which recorded its first shutout of the season.

"Our defense is continuing to evolve. It's going to be an ongoing process for us. We're awfully young there and we still make a lot of mistakes."

It was also a big night for Bowling Green's trio of running backs. Lavance Anderson carried nine times for 80 yards and a touchdown, Tevin Barksdale rushed nine times for 68 yards and two scores and Jared Carpenter had two touchdowns of his own.

"I like this group. I've liked this team since January," said Wallace. "This is a special group of people. I'm not sure that we're the most talented football team that I've seen at Bowling Green High School, but I think our chemistry is really good. We've got outstanding skill people offensively that make us very difficult to defend."

On the flip side, the Gators struggled on both sides of the ball. Greenwood found itself deep in its own territory for much of the game, unable to win the field position battle. Greenwood ended the night with only 143 yards of total offense, 40 rushing and 103 passing.

"What we'll see on film is missed tackle after missed tackle," said Greenwood head coach Mark Nelson. "And that's caused by the running backs and receivers of Bowling Green and how talented they are."

The Gators (2-2) must regroup quickly with a district road game against North Hardin on the horizon next Friday.

"We need to forget about it and put it behind us," said Nelson. "Because next week we're playing for what I think is the district championship. If we can go to North Hardin and win, we would be 2-0 and put us in the driver's seat in the district."

The Purples (3-1) open district play next week against county rival Warren Central.


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