Bainbridge holds Sarasota scoreless as offense puts on a show

Published 10:45 pm Friday, September 22, 2017

Bainbridge scored on every drive in the first half and played through a running clock for most of the second as the Bearcats (4-1) beat Sarasota 51-0 at Centennial Field.

The win marks the second shutout for the Bearcats in as many weeks.

Turnovers plagued the Sailors (3-3) from the beginning, and Bainbridge took advantage of all four of them.

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The Bainbridge defense had Sarasota on their heels the entire night, pinning them back deep in their own territory and setting up excellent field position whenever they managed to punt. The Bearcats scored two safeties on bad punt snaps going over the punters head and out the back of the end zone.

“It was nothing but just a long hard week of practice,” defensive end Roman Harrison said. “We do this every week. We prepare for every team. Nothing different.”

Harrison and the rest of the defense created negative play after negative play for Sarasota, who scrambled to gain yards with dual threat quarterback Tommie Battie and his brother, running back Brian Battie.

Dameon Pierce scored four touchdowns, rushing for 212 yards on 19 carries. Sarasota couldn’t tackle Pierce with less than one man. His longest run of the night was a 60-yarder that put the Bearcats up 28-0 at the start of the second quarter.

“We followed up our execution from the past couple of weeks, on both sides of the ball,” coach Jeff Littleton said. “We played solid. Effort on both sides, and special teams was good.”

Bainbridge scored first on a long, steady drive that took them from their own 32-yard line. Pierce punched it in to go up 7-0. A quick three-and-out later for Sarasota, and Bainbridge had the ball again. Quarterback Mark Loeffler threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Adrian Cooper to go up 14-0.

Zyon McGee intercepted a pass from Battie on the second play of the Sailors’ next drive, and Randy Fillingame helped lead the charge for a touchdown.

It was 21-0 by the end of the first quarter. After two more scores from Pierce and another from Markel Broadnax, Bainbridge was heading into the locker room with a comfortable 42-0 lead.

The fourth quarter gave a handful of second and third string players opportunity to play.

“We got a lot of kids that we are trying to build some depth with,” Littleton said. “It’s good to get those guys in the game so they can hopefully help us.”

Bainbridge kicks off against Rickards (Tallahassee) next Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Field.

“I hope we get another (shutout) next week,” Harrison said. “It’s going to be a tough game, though.”