Bearcats statistics were strong

Published 10:27am Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Coach Ed Pilcher’s 2012 Bainbridge High School Bearcats football team, which went 7-4 overall and 3-2 in Region 1-AAAAA play, featured some strong statistical performances.

The final season statistics were released this week by Bearcats and Region 1-AAAAA statistician Chip Ariail.

The leading rusher was senior running back Terry Lewis, who had 141 carries for 1,119 yards and 13 touchdowns. He averaged 7.9 yards a carry and had a long carry for an 80-yard touchdown.

Right behind Lewis was senior Damion Bouie, who shared time between running back and quarterback. He had 155 carries for 1,006 yards and a team-leading 14 touchdowns.

Junior quarterback Preston Norris completed 20 passes for 208 yards and  junior wide receiver Greg Cooper had seven receptions for 92 yards and a 13.1 yards-per-reception average.

Senior defensive back Cameron McDowell had five interceptions, which he returned for 64 yards, 14 punt returns, which he returned for 146 yards and eight kickoff returns, which he returned for 222 yards.

McDowell, who also saw duty at quarterback and wide receiver, had 24 carries for 158 yards and three touchdowns, and caught four passes for 45 yards.

Senior linebacker Jamez Harris, senior defensive back Dontavious Baulkman, senior linebackers B.J. Cheatem and Marshall Mack, and senior defensive end Darryl McGee had strong seasons on defense. Harris had 92 tackles — 62 solo and 30 assisted. Eight of his tackles were for a loss and he caused one fumble. Baulkman had 93 tackles — 59 solo and 34 assisted. Four of his tackles were for a loss.

Cheatem had 90 tackles — 56 solo and 34 assisted. Two of his tackles were for a loss, and he caused three fumbles.

Mack had 87 tackles — 53 solo and 34 assisted. Nine of his tackles were for a loss and he caused one fumble. McGee finished with 70 tackles — 44 solo and 26 assisted — and 10 of his tackles were for a loss.

On special teams, junior place kicker Daniel Provence made 37 of 39 extra point attempts and four of six field goal attempts, and senior punter Paul Soden had 36 punts for 1,379 yards and a 38.3 yards-per-punt average. He had a long punt of 55 yards and 14 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard-line.

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