High School Sports

Nation Ford falls

BAMBERG -- With just over two minutes left in the first half, Chris Presley and the Bamberg-Ehrhardt offense hustled up to the line of scrimmage.

Presley analyzed the Nation Ford red-zone defense looking for the mismatch that would help his team get into the end zone. He positioned himself under center and took the snap. With 11 defenders trying to take him down, he dashed to the outside and made his way across the goal line from 14-yards out.

It was Presley's second touchdown of the game and the beginning of a rout as the Red Raiders (1-0) handed the Falcons (0-1) a 34-8 loss Friday.

B-E put the first points of the game on the board in the first quarter. Daquan Bowers capped a quick three-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown run to give the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead. Presley finished off the Red Raiders' third possession of the game with his run to make the score 14-0.

The Nation Ford offense struggled against the B-E defense in the first half. Falcons quarterback Joey White went 2-of-7 for 13 yards while Tony Hall carried the ball 10 times for 20 yards in the first half.

"We're just a young football team, and we're making a lot of mistakes," Falcons head coach Rusty Jester said after the game.

Nation Ford scored its first points in the second quarter by tackling Presley in his own end zone for a safety.

From there, B-E began to pour it on. Javonte Middleton started the sixth Red Raider drive with a 65-yard run. Presley took it from there to score his second touchdown, giving the Red Raiders a 20-2 advantage with 1:58 remaining in the half. The Red Raiders failed to make the extra-point attempt.

"I thought we did some good things tonight," B-E head coach Ron Duncan said. "I thought the kids played with good intensity."

The second half was the same as the first for the Falcons. Nation Ford's offense went three-and-out in its opening drive in the second half, only to watch the Red Raiders continue to pound the defense with its running game.

Nation Ford scored its only touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter with 9:20 remaining when Rob Munday made his way into the end zone from 3 yards out to cut the lead to 34-8.

After the game, Duncan said he was happy with the win, but added his team still had improvements to make.