BMS opens with 40-6 victory Thursday night

Published 9:26 pm Friday, August 29, 2014

Tristan Love ran for three touchdowns Thursday, leading the coach Heith Maxwell’s  Bainbridge Middle School eighth grade Bearcats to a 40-6 season opening victory over McIntyre Park Middle School’s eighth grade Bulldogs Thursday at  Thomasville High School’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Coach Maxwell said he could not be more pleased with the play of Love.

“Tristan ran the ball well and kept the rest of the offense fired up and ready to go,” Maxwell said. “He showed some real leadership. Defensively, I thought middle linebacker Dodson played well.”

Adrian Cooper returned the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown, and Love ran off the right side for the two point conversion to give the Bearcats an early 8-0 lead.

Love ran off left end for 55 yards and a touchdown with 3:15 left in the first quarter to put the Bearcats up 14-0. Love was stopped trying to run up the middle for the two point conversion.

Love ran 40 yards off left end for a touchdown with 1:23 showing on the first quarter clock to increase the Bearcats lead to 20-0. Love’s attempted two-point conversion pass to wide receiver Fred Thompson was incomplete.

Love ran 14 yards for a touchdown on a bootleg run off right end with 1:32 left in the second quarter to put the Bearcats up 26-0. Love’s attempted two-point conversion pass in the end zone was incomplete.

The Bulldogs cut the lead to 26-6 on a 26-yard touchdown pass from the quarterback to a wide receiver with 1:55 left in the third quarter.

Their fullback tried to run in for a two-point conversion, but the Berarcats defense came up to stop him a yard short of the goal. Running back Ed Jones ran two yards off right tackle for a touchdown and ran off the right side for the two-point conversion, putting the Bearcats up 34-6. The touchdown drive covered 51 yards on six plays.

Bearcats fullback Randy Fillingame ran 44 yards off the right side for a touchdown with 3:33 left in the fourth quarter to conclude the game’s scoring. Quarterback Alex Baker tried to run up the middle for the two-point conversion but was stopped short.