It seems if it could go wrong for the Bethlehem Christian Academy football team Friday night it did.
The Knights (0-1) fell 42-6 on the road to Augusta Prep in the 2013 season opener and first regular season game of 2013 for a Barrow County team. Starting quarterback Dakota Parten was injured early in the contest forcing the offensive game plan to be adjusted. Parten was able to return after injuring his ankle four minutes into the contest.
“We had to adjust our game plan tenfold,” coach Lance Fendley said.
Turnover also played a factor as BCA gave up 21 points off turnovers, including two fumbles and an interception.
“By comparison, they fumbled it four times, but we didn’t recover it once,” Fendley said. “We also dropped an interception. Dakota getting hurt really put us in a bind.”
Mitchell Kamm was called upon to step in behind center and the offense began running a spread running attack.
“Augusta Prep took the opening kickoff back and I give them credit for that,” Fendley said. “After that, we gave them everything.”
After it started, the game was delayed approximately an hour because of lightning.
We had some game one jitters,” Fendley said. “We were nervous. We have to move past that if we are going to grow as a program.”
The Knights went back to work Monday and will focus on fundamentals for several days since they do not play again until Sept. 6.
“We made way too many penalties,” Fendley said. “We’ll work on developing another backup quarterback option because Mitchell is needed so much on defense. Having to play quarterback hurt his ability to play defense.”
Special teams work, from tackling and securing the football, will also be stressed during the bye week.
“We are looking to improve by the time we play again,” the coach said. “As much as we struggled in the opener, we seemed to have some decent performances.”
Kamm rushed for 119 yards on 14 carries while Parten finished 6-for-10 for 74 yards and a touchdown. Ben Morgan caught four passes for 74 yards and a score.
Defensively, Kamm had four tackles for a loss while Alex Strine finished with two tackles for a loss.
Fendley knows that often times a football team improves the most from its first game to the second.
“That’s what we are hoping to do,” the BCA coach said. “Friday was just one of those games where things just didn’t go our way from the start.
You hope something like that doesn’t happen again. We will work hard to make sure we do everything we can to prevent it from happening again when we take the field.”
In looking ahead to the next contest, Covenant Academy opened the season with a 34-19 loss to Fullington Academy. Covenant is under the direction of first-year head coach Wes Tanner.