PONDER — An ineffective offense plagued the Ponder Lions as they were blanked by the Bowie Jackrabbits 28-0 on Friday night.
Corey Brady led the charge for the Jackrabbits, rushing for 122 yards and two touchdowns, as well as an interception. For Ponder (2-4), Brennan Sooter rushed for 50 yards, while Tanner Yeager had five catches for 32 yards.
Luck was with Ponder early, as the Lions recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff. But luck was fickle, and Ponder quickly fumbled the ball back to Bowie.
The Lions had trouble mounting any offense early. Under pressure, Saunders threw the ball right into Corey Brady’s arms for the interception. Brady returned it to the Ponder 12-yard line.
But the stubborn Lions’ defense kept Bowie out of the end zone, and the Lions reclaimed the ball on a four-and-out.
The Jackrabbits continued to dominate the field position battle, and the fruits of their labor finally paid off. After many runs up the gut, Brady finally reached the end zone on an 18-yard run. After the Tanner Tomlin extra point, Bowie took a 7-0 lead going into the half.
The same trends continued for Ponder, as they were unable to mount any offense.
After regaining possession of the ball, Bowie used a smash-mouth offense, led by Garland McCoy.
Near the goal line, McCoy powered it in for the score. The extra point was true, giving Bowie a 14-0 lead midway through the third quarter.
With Ponder’s offense struggling, Bowie continued to use its power running game to wear down the Ponder defense.
The Jackrabbits added touchdowns in the fourth quarter, one on a Todd Jackson 11-yard run and another on a Brady 12-yard run with Tomlin tacking on the extra points.
Bowie 28, Ponder 0
B — Corey Brady 18 run (Tanner Tomlin kick), 4:35
B — Garland McCoy 1 run (Tomlin kick), 4:26
B — Todd Jackson 11 run (Tomlin kick), 8:25
B —- Brady 12 run (Tomlin kick), 3:20
Rushing — B: Corey Brady 15-122, Marcus Vaughan 15-29, Garland McCoy 12-63, Todd Jackson 5-20, Jay Ward 4-25, Richard Pellizzarri 3-8, Brandon Velasquez 2-11, Jesse Walker 1-7, Jesse Vaughan 1-2; P: Brennan Sooter 17-50, Reid Sanders 5-(-13), Lance Dunlap 3-21, Dylan Nichelson 1-0.
Passing — B: Richard Pellizzarri 3-5-15, Garland McCoy 2-5-23; P: Reid Sanders 8-18-2 38.
Receiving — B: Jay Ward 1-19, Jesse Walker 1-8, Marcus Vaughan 1-4, Jeremiah Cobbs 1-5, Corey Brady 1-2; P: Tanner Yeager 5-32, Brennan Sooter 2-9, Dylan Nichelson 1-(-3).