The Bethlehem Christian Academy football team is glad to be at home the next two weeks.
With two long road treks to Augusta already in 2013, the Knights (1-2) will host Central Fellowship this Friday in the final non-region contest of the season.
BCA is coming off a 52-26 loss to Westminster last week in a game that was a tale of two halves. After falling behind big at halftime, the Knights outscored Westminster 20-6 in the final two quarters.
“In the two road games this year against larger opponents we have started slow,” BCA coach Lance Fendley said. “I’m not sure why because when we break the film down, we are doing things right.”
The coach said his team is in the right spots defensively, making contact in the backfield. Offensively, receivers for BCA are running open patterns.
“We are just not getting the job done though in tough situations,” Fendley said. “Our opponents in our two road games have bigger numbers in their program, but I’m not going to say they have been that much better than us. It was a long bus ride Friday not but we can’t hang our hat on that and say that’s the reason why. We have to learn to play past that. The first half was awful but the bright side is we outscored them 20-6 in the second half.”
Mithcell Kamm rushed the football 11 times for 110 yards, this third game of the season where he has eclipsed the 100-yard mark. Kamm also scored one of the team’s touchdowns against Westminster.
Graham Doolittle finished with 132 yards and two scored on just four carries. He had two long scoring runs for the Knights.
Dakota Parten had 100 yards passing with a touchdown.
Defensively, Sam Aguilar and Preston Kelly both had interceptions.
“Once we settled down and started playing football, we knew what we were doing,” Fendley said. “We just to have to start faster. The next three games will be important for us to do that because all three games are very winnable for us. I would love to go 3-0 and have that momentum going into the Curtis Baptist game Oct. 11.”
Central Fellowship, this week’s opponent, is 3-0 with wins against Griffin Christian, John Hancock and Nathanael Greene.
“They are a good team with momentum,” Fendley said. “This is the first time they’ve been 3-0. They have many of the same players from last year. We had them down by 30 points doing into the fourth quarter when they made a bit of a comeback against us. They will be coming in looking to avenge that loss. They are a team we match up well with.”
Central Fellowship will run a similar offensive scheme to Westminster, Fendley said. The Lancers rely on a running quarterback who also looks to connect on short to mid-range passes. Defensively, they play man coverage and the load the box while relying on their defensive lineman to make plays.
“This will be a great test and a great chance for us to improve to 2-2,” Fendley said. “We have to work on a lot this week. We have a few players dinged up so it will be important for us to stay healthy. We’ve only got two more road games this season. The road couldn’t be paved any better for us. We’ll have home field advantage in front of our family and fans the next two weeks. We don’t have to play on the road and deal with things that often go against you. We have to take advantage of this opportunity.”