For the first few minutes of Friday’s game, Bethlehem Christian Academy was in control.
The Knights scored on the game’s first play on an 80-yard pass from Dakota Parten to Ben Morgan for a 6-0 lead just 12 seconds into the contest.
On BCA’s first two defensive plays, the Knights held Curtis Baptist to a third and 11. From that point, however, the visiting Crusaders took over and would roll to a 51-6 win at Legion Field in Monroe.
Curtis Baptist, ranked No. 2 in GISA Class A, led 41-6 at halftime.
“They are as advertised,” BCA coach Lance Fendley said of Friday’s opponent. “I was impressed. However, we still feel like we had a great scheme. We had people in the right spot to make catches and people ready to make tackles defensively.”
Curtis Baptist was just as impressive defensively as it only allowed one first down by BCA in the first half.
“We couldn’t run the football and that’s an issue for us (when that happens),” Fendley said. “I thought Dakota played well for us. We will fix what we need to and take our program where we want it to go. We have to go to work like we want it to happen.”
The Knights will continue their trek through GISA Region 1-A next week at Dawson Street in LaGrange.
“Despite losing tonight, I felt we were prepared,” Fendley said after the game. “We were the better team for the first five minutes. We scored a touchdown on our first play and then contained them defensively early.”
Mitchell Kamm, who entered the game with more than 1,000 yards rushing, was injured in the first half when his shin was stepped on by a Curtis Baptist player. Kamm would return to the game, but was not at full strength.
Alex Strine handled the punting chores after Kamm was injured and drew the praise of his coach.
“Mitchell being out hurt us,” Fendley said. “However, we will go back to work as always. The season does not end with this game. We will look forward to meeting them again in the playoffs.”
Kamm said after the game he should be ready for this week’s game against Dawson Street.