Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 14, 2005
The Brantley Bulldogs cruised to a 53-0 win over Goshen on Friday night in the Class 1A, Region 2 opener for both teams.
Brantley led 33-0 at the half against an overmatched Eagles' squad.
Andrew Williams started the onslaught for Brantley, picking up teammate James Pittman's fumble for a 6-yard touchdown run in the first.
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Pittman would more than make-up for the miscue. Before the night was over, he would score on touchdown runs of 68, 6 and return a punt 40 yards for another score late in the third quarter.
Jeffery Daniels finished off the first quarter with two touchdown runs in the last four minutes, both coming on 6-yard runs. Brantley led 20-0 at that point after Goshen's Marquez Maddox blocked kicker Marcus Owens' point-after-attempt.
With 4:36 left in the game, the Bulldogs scored with quarterback Jonathan Helms running ball in from the 2-yard line. The touchdown was the result of Brantley recovering the ball from a fumble by Goshen quarterback Judson Ricks.
According to Eagles' head coach Joe Thornton, size and experience was the difference maker in the game.
"Physically, we were outmatched," Thornton said. "We're behind them in the weight room by three years."
Brantley played with seven seniors and 18 juniors compared to Goshen's two seniors and three juniors.
Brantley held Goshen to just 39 yards rushing on 27 attempts, while harassing Ricks into a 5-of-13, 56-yard performance passing.
Pittman led the Bulldogs with 110 yards rushing on six carries with two touchdowns on the ground. Running back Chris Booker rushed eight times for 87 yards and quarterback Edgar Walker completed 5-of-8 passes for 85 yards.
Derrick Wwens and Austin Bennett led Goshen with six tackles each. Jerome Cade added five.
Goshen (0-2) plays its regular-season home opener this Friday against McKenzie.
Brantley (1-1) travels to play Zion Chapel in Jack.
Kickoff for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m.