Hendersonville – The Montgomery Bell Academy Big Red rolled into Hendersonville on Friday night and left with an important 24-10 region win over the Pope John Paul II Knights.
The Big Red jumped out to a two-touchdown lead by halftime and held off a late charge by the Knights to secure the road victory.
MBA Head Coach Marty Euverard was pleased with his team’s showing, particularly the explosive plays.
“Big plays were big tonight setting up scores that helped us get the momentum.” Euverard said. “We were able to get good field position and took advantage to punch it in on those drives as well.”
MBA took the early lead, when Patrick Wilks ran in a 7-yard touchdown, set up by a 33-yard run by quarterback Marcel Reed.
The next drive for the Big Red saw the offense extend the lead with Wilks’s second scoring run of the night, a 1-yard plunge to give MBA a 14-0 advantage.
Pope John Paul II Head Coach Justin Geisinger commended MBA and the continued challenges they present his team.
“Hats off to MBA; they are a very consistent program,” Geisinger said. “They play hard and they are always ready to play and it makes them a tough team.”
After a 41-yard field goal from Andrew Bulgarino extended the Big Red to 3 scores, the Knights got on the board right before the half, when Andrew Southard kicked a 45-yard field goal of his own, making the score 17-3 at the break.
The Big Red took command of the game to start the second half, marching on a 17-play 84-yard drive that chewed up over 9 minutes off the clock, and capped by an 8-yard scoring strike from Reed to Noah Mendoza, making the score 24-3.
“(JP2) has a really good offense,” Euverard said. “I think the big thing was going on that long drive in the third quarter to keep them off the field.”
JP2 moved the ball throughout the night, but had critical turnovers that halted drives and the momentum.
However, late in the game Knights quarterback Sawyer Watts found Rory White for a 56-yard touchdown, cutting the deficit to 24-10.
From there, the Knights recovered the onside kick, but were unable to pull any closer.
“I’m very proud of how our kids finished the game tonight,” Geisinger said. “To come back and have a chance to make it a one score game or more just shows we come out and expect to compete every night.”
The third consecutive win improves the Big Red record to 4-3, and they will host Brentwood Academy next Friday night.
The loss drops the Knights to 4-3 on the season. JP2 will be on bye next week.