Friday’s 43-24 win against Dawson Street for the Bethlehem Christian Academy football team was a “good night for us,” coach Lance Fendley said.
The Knights (4-4 overall, 2-2 in GISA Region 1-A) used a dominant run game to power their way through the Wildcats in a game played in LaGrange. Senior Mitchell Kamm rushed for 239 yards and three scores on 31 attempts, showing no signs of the leg injury he received the previous week. Senior Ben Morgan had scoring touchdowns of six yards and 35 yards and also rushed for a 6-yard score. Dakota Parten completed five passes for 72 yards and two scores. He finished the night with 13 yards rushing.
“The win says a lot about our kids’ character,” Fendley said. “We had a tough loss the week before against Curtis Baptist. To our credit, we could have folded up the tents. Our assistant coaches do a great job in getting the kids ready.”
The game didn’t start as planned for BCA as Dawson Street scored on its first offensive play. The Knights, responded, however, moving down the field in eight plays.
“We never looked back after that,” Fendley said. “We ran the football well, which is a good sign for us.”
Helping clear the way for the offense were left tackle Jacob Parker, left guard Cole Gower, center Austin Schwebel, right guard Matthew King, right tackle Griffin Wilson and Morgan and Alex Strine at tight end.
“Our plan was to get everyone involved with the offense,” Fendley said. “Defensively, we had a sound game. Their scores were from mistakes on our part. Multiple times, however, we had them in third or fourth and very long. We played physical football.”
The Knights are off this week, but will begin preparing for a Nov. 1 home game against Nathanael Greene.Fendley said the offweek practice sessions will be a combination of preparing for the Patriots as well as working on self improvements.
“We do have some things we need to get corrected,” the coach said. “We will also keep building on things we did well. We need to stay healthy.”
BCA is in the middle of the playoff chase. Fendley said the team could still possibly host a first-round matchup in certain scenarios.
NOTES: Kamm has now rushed for 1,261 yards on 137 carries with 12 touchdowns. He also has two receiving touchdowns and two touchdown passes along with a kickoff return for a score. Defensively, Mitchell has 94 tackles with 22 for a loss with two interceptions, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Kamm and fellow senior Ben Morgan were honorable mention Athletes of the Week for Northeast Georgia.