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Brantley Bulldogs demolish Kinston

BHS junior wide receiver Adrian Person, Jr.  takes the ball down the field for another Bulldog touchdown. (Photo by Beth Hyatt)

BHS junior wide receiver Adrian Person, Jr. takes the ball down the field for another Bulldog touchdown. (Photo by Beth Hyatt)

As the Brantley High School Bulldogs took the field to battle it out against the Kinston Bulldogs, the team was ready to defend their territory and bring home a Homecoming victory. They did not disappoint as BHS came in with a 62-6 victory.

“I feel we played very well. The starters didn’t get to play long but when we did, we played well,” said senior quarterback Jacob Free.

“Nobody really likes a blowout game, but a win is a win and we will take it.”

The first quarter put BHS on the board and kept them at the top as they gained a total of 36 points.

“We got a lot of guys in the game that hadn’t gotten to play much yet. They work hard, and they are very important to the team,” said BHS Head Coach Ashley Kilcrease.

“For them to get in and get some action, to me that was the highlight of the night.”

Junior wide receiver D’Andre Sinclair scored the first touchdown of the night with a 76-yard pass from Free, and senior defensive end and kicker Tucker Owens earned an extra point.

A touchdown with a 59-yard run by Free with an extra point by Owens and a touchdown with a 68-yard by junior running back Mack Wise with an extra point by Owens brought the score up to 21-0.

A touchdown by senior wide receiver Tommy Spivey with a 58-yard kickoff return and no extra point and a touchdown by junior wide receiver Adrian Person, Jr. with a 32-yard pass from Free and an extra point by Owens put the Bulldogs in a substantial lead as they headed into the second.

A touchdown in the second quarter by junior wide receiver Edge Branum with an 8-yard pass from sophomore Jake Kilcrease and an extra kick by Owens brought the score up to 43-0 at the half.

“I think we played a lot better on defense; that was a strong plus. Offensively, we came out and were very explosive, which is where we want to be,” Kilcrease said.

Going into the third, a touchdown by Person, Jr. with an 85-yard punt return and an extra point by Owens and a touchdown by freshman running back DeAndre Owens with a 19-yard run and no extra point brought the score up to 56-0.

In the fourth and final quarter of the game, Kinston was able to score their first and only touchdown, but not before sophomore running back Quin Jackson brought in a final touchdown for BHS with a 9-yard run and a failed two-point conversion, ending the game at 62-6.

“You struggle, I guess you could say, with getting better when you don’t play good competition. But I thought we handled it the way you’re supposed to by not being sloppy,” Kilcrease said.

This week, BHS will hit the road to do battle with the Pleasant Home Eagles.

With the holiday weekend, the Bulldogs were able to take Monday off to rest, but will hit the field extremely hard this week to make up for that day off.

“Pleasant Home is better on offense. They have a strong offensive team, so we’ll have to spend a lot of time on defense preparing for them,” Kilcrease said.