When your quarterback throws for 270 yards and four touchdowns, one of your running backs rushes for 264 yards and your top receiver has more than 100 yards, you are going to win 99 percent of the time.
The Bethlehem Christian Academy football team found out what it is like to be the other one percent Friday as the Knights fell 68-52 to visiting David Emanuel Academy in a Region 1-A contest.
Despite breaking all sorts of offensive records, BCA couldn’t find an answer for the Eagles’ Wing-T attack.
“I can’t say I’ve even been involved in anything quite like this,” BCA coach Lance Fendley said after the contest. “I’ve seen games where one team would score a ton, but not both teams. We just have to go back to work. The season is not lost. The region can still be won. We have to start playing sounder on both sides of the football. Despite the number of points we scored tonight, we should have had more. Defensively, we have to play assignment football and have to learn to finish teams off.”
Dakota Parten had his best game as a quarterback as the young player was 12-of-22 for 272 yards and four scores. Parten did have five interceptions and Fendley said he will continue working with his quarterback on making the correct reads.
Ben Morgan and Kamm Mitchell also helped lead the BCA attack Friday. Morgan scored on 76-yard and 17-yard touchdown receptions from Parten and also returned a kickoff 70 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.
Kamm scored on runs of 54 and 60 yards, caught a 25-yard pass for a touchdown from Parten and also threw a 1-yard touchdown to Jesse Ferguson.
Kamm finished with 264 yards on 14 carries along with 83 yards receiving on three catches.
Fendley called Kamm “one of the better players in the region.”
Morgan had four catches for 125 yards and three touchdowns.
Trailing by a score after Morgan returned a kickoff for a touchdown with 3:17 left, the Knights recovered an onside kick and began possession at the David Emanuel 35-yard line following an unsportsmanlike penalty on Eagle head coach Ty Mingle who protested the recovery by BCA.
The Knights moved deeper into DEA territory before the Eagles intercepted a pass and then returned it 108 yards for a touchdown. That score finally gave DEA enough of a cushion to hold on.
BCA trailed 54-32 with just over 10 minutes to play in the game but there would still be plenty of scoring by both teams before the final buzzer.
Carson Cross paced the DEA Eagles with 155 yards and five rushing touchdowns on 30 carries. Cross was the workhorse for Mingle’s team.
The Knights will look to regroup against John Hancock on the road next Friday. It will be another Region 1-A clash.
While the Rebels have struggled in recent seasons, Fendley noted the team has improved throughout this season.
“They are very similar to what they did last year,” Fendley said. “They have a plan and stick with it. They aren’t going to do a lot of trickery. They run right at you. Defensively, they will show some different looks. We will look for a three-man front mostly. We hope to use our speed to our advantage and try to get guys on the perimeter.”
The BCA coach said he will stress all week about not overlooking an opponent.
“John Hancock had Monsignor Donovan on the ropes,” Fendley said. “They can score and they play sound defense. Plus, it is always tough on the road. This will be a good test to see how we respond off a very tough loss. We will see if we can get back on track in the region. It will be gut check time for us.”