The Franklin-Simpson Wildcats lost to Battle Ground Academy, 35-16, for their fourth loss in a row as BGA improves to 4-0.
"I thought we moved the ball better with three of our starting linemen out," Wildcats head coach Doug Preston. "We have gained more offensive yards each week so got to give the young guys a lot of credit for the success of that. And tonight, that was a very athletic and fast defense we played. We've done better offensively in the past couple of weeks."
In the Wildcat Football Story on Fridays on WFKN Radio, F-S head coach Doug Preston said that his defense can not afford to give up the "over the top" big plays meaning that BGA's wide receivers can not make any big plays down the field.
On BGA's first offensive possession, they did exactly what Preston wanted his defense not to do as senior Nick Semtimphelter threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Shaw. Jack Sowders provided the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
BGA scored on their third possession, which carried over into the 2nd Quarter as they capitalized on an F-S turnover and the short field they had to work around. Semtimphelter threw a 6-yard touchdown pass, his second of the game, to Antonio Stevens. With Sowders' extra point, they led 14-0.
On their next offensive series, BGA scored their second straight touchdown in the quarter as Sean Williams ran for a 29-yard touchdown. The extra point by Sowders made the score 31-0.
BGA scored their third touchdown of the quarter as Semtimphelter threw his third touchdown pass of the game with a 20-yarder to Garnett Hollis, Jr. Sowders kicked the extra point for a 28-0 lead at halftime.
"I was really proud of how our guys came out and competed and executed in the first half," Battle Ground Academy head coach Jonas Rodriguez. "They ran the game plan and we played a very good half of football."
Franklin-Simpson's offense couldn't get going in the first half, but that all changed in the second half. Their opening possession ended with a turnover in the end zone but on their second offensive series, sophomore Luke Richardson completed
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a 15-yard pass to senior Tedric Partinger. That set up Richardson with a 1-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown. Junior Cole Hollingsworth kicked the extra point that cut BGA's lead down to 28-7.
After forcing BGA to punt, Stutzman opened their next drive with a 36-yard run that put F-S in BGA's field position. They couldn't get touchdown on the drive so they settled on a 30-yard field goal by Hollingsworth, making the score 28-10.
The momentum that F-S had gained quickly vanished as BGA used another big play to score a touchdown as on the third play of their ensuing drive, Semtimphelter completed a 68-yard throw and run to Hollis, Jr. for a touchdown. Sowders' extra point extended BGA's lead to 35-10.
F-S quickly responded with a 69-yard touchdown drive in five plays as Richardson completed a 49-yard pass and run to Stutzman for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed as that made the final score 35-16.
"Luke (Richardson) is getting more comfortable throwing the football so his mechanics are improving," Preston said. "That was a nice throw to Leandre (Stutzman) for the catch, run and score. The throw was on a rope. If he lofted the ball on the throw, it probably would have been knocked away or picked off. Luke is also running the football with confidence and being more physical. We are starting to see more explosive plays, which really helps our offense. We had a good amount of 20, 25-yard plays or more, which is really big.
"Franklin-Simpson did a great job in the second half with their adjustments. I don't know if we got too complacent or if we didn't make the proper adjustments," Rodriguez said. "So we got to look at the film and study and see where we need to get better but they outplayed us in the second half."
F-S outgained BGA 321 -- 310 in total yards of offense. F-S gained 263 yards rushing with Stutzman having 90 yards on eight carries. Sophomore Omar Harrison had 68 yards rushing on seven carries with junior Malik Carter had 47 yards rushing on 11 carries.
"Omar (Harrison) didn't start playing football until the eighth grade so he is still pretty green to the game," Preston said. "Last year, he got injured in September but he is jumping forward by leaps and bounds with his play each week."
Richardson completed four of his six passes for 58 yards for a touchdown with an interception. Stutzman had a reception for 49 yard and Partinger also had a reception for 15 yards.
Semtimphelter completed 12 of his 21 passes for 237 yards for four touchdowns with an interception.
Garnett Hollis, Jr. had four receptions for 101 yards for two touchdowns with Stevens having three receptions for 49 yards with a touchdown and Shaw having a 49-yard touchdown reception.
Williams had three carries for 40 yards for a touchdown and Seay had 12 carries for 32 yards.
F-S 0 0 7 9 16
BGA 7 21 0 7 35
BGA Nick Semptimphelter 49 yd pass to Xavier Shaw
(Jack Sowders kick) 7-0
BGA Semptimphelter 6 yd. pass to Antonio Stevens (Sowders kick) 14-0
BGA Sean Williams 29 yd. run (Sowders kick) 21-0
BGA Semptimphelter 20 yd. pass to Garnett Hollis, Jr. (Sowders kick) 28-0
F-S Luke Richardson 1 yd. run (Cole Hollingsworth kick) 28-7
F-S Hollingsworth 30 yd. field goal 28-10
BGA Semptimphelter 68 yd. pass to Hollis, Jr. (Sowders kick) 35-10
F-S Richardson 49 yd. pass to Leandre Stutzman (2-point conversion pass failed) 35-16