Offensively, it might not have been pretty but the Bethlehem Christian Academy football shined brightly on defense Friday night.
As a result, the Knights (2-2 overall) defeated visiting Central Fellowship Christian Academy 12-6 at Legion Field in Monroe. Ben Morgan had three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, to help lift BCA. The interception return at the 5:37 mark of the third quarter proved to be on the only points by either team in the second half.
The game was tied 6-6 at halftime as the Knights struck first when they marched the opening series 73 yards on seven plays. The drive was capped by a 5-yard score by Mitchell Kamm with 9:04 left in the opening quarter. The extra-point attempt was blocked.
Central Fellowship tied the game with 5:05 left before halftime.
Morgan intercepted passes to end the Lancers' first two offensive series of the game.
While pleased with his team's defensive showing in the win, BCA coach Lance Fendley said the offense needs better productive.
"As an offensive coordinator, that was sad to watch," Fendley said of the contest. "Things aren't always going to go your way though. It was great to see the defense play so well. Coach (Tim) Hinton did a great job. We still have work to do, myself included. Normally we are able to relay on our running game but we just couldn't generate any spark tonight despite running hard. We did have opportunities for three touchdowns that we missed on."
The Knights did not have a first down in the second half but the defense kept Central Fellowship out of the end zone. The Lancers had a first and goal at the 9-yard line in the fourth quarter but would eventually turn the football over on downs after a failed fourth and 35.
Central Fellowship had one last opportunity taking possession with 5:46 left at its own 43. The Lancers moved to the BCA 20-yard line before stalling again on fourth down. The Knights then ran out the remaining 1:19 to preserve the victory.
"What a big win for this program, for this school and for this community," Fendley said. "It's the first time the program has been 2-2 at this point. We are right where we need to be. We have a chance to do some damage in our region."
BCA will open play in GISA Region 1-A next Friday when it hosts David Emanuel at 7:30 p.m. The final six games are against region opponents.
See Wednesday's print edition of the Barrow Journal for complete high school football coverage.