Brookland-Cayces impressive run continued on Friday at The Cage, but this time the Bearcats did not need a miracle finish.
Rusty Charpias revitalized team, which went 1-9 a season ago, improved to 4-0 with a dominant performance in a 35-14 win against a Chapin team that had beaten Class 3A 10th-ranked Swansea a week ago.
Im real happy for these kids, but its still early in the season, Charpia said. Last year, we were on the verge of turning things around so many time, but we just could never finish the deal. There is excitement and a rapport thats developed between the players and coaches. Its fun to see.
B-Cs unusual shotgun double-wing attack overwhelmed the slower Eagles defense, which did not help matters with a host of missed tackles.
The Bearcats piled up 305 yards rushing on 55 attempts and finished with 358 yards overall. B-C put together scoring drives of 60, 70 and 91 yards and two short-field scores in the wake of Chapin turnovers.
A.J. Brown and Ti Myers combined for 228 yards rushing. Brown had a game-high 133 yards on 16 carries. Myers finished with 96 yards on 23 totes and turned a swing pass into a 25-yard score that staked B-C to a 28-7 lead early in the third quarter.
But senior Zeke Walker again was the critical component. Walker had two scoring runs and two scoring passes and was nearly flawless with his reads.
Hes the guy who makes it all work, Charpia said. Hes a great athlete, and this offense just seems to suit his skills. And, he played every down on defense, too. He just wouldnt come off the field.
Walker, who was injury-prone in his first two seasons, is adapting well to an offense that limits the hits he takes.
It was a big move to go this way on offense, but it allows our best athletes to be on the field with a lot of different options at our disposal, he said. We play as a team, and this is a team offense with a lot of guys contributing.
The one B-C negative was 125 yards in penalties.
Chapin (1-2) had no answers on either side of the ball. The Eagles finished with 252 yards and 18 first downs, but the bulk of the gains came after the Bearcats had built a big lead.
Quarterback Matt Charpia had a rough game. The three-year starter passed for 151 yards and one touchdown, but he threw three interceptions all inside the Bearcats 25-yard line and also lost a fumble on a bad exchange.
Give Brookland-Cayce all the credit, but we didnt give ourselves much of a chance, Chapin coach Justin Gentry said.
Were not a good enough football team to overcome all the mistakes. We fumbled the ball, threw interceptions and missed what seemed like 400 tackles. All we can do is come back Monday and work to get better.
BC Zeke Walker 1 run (Jacob Smoak kick), 7:40
BC Bernard McCall 27 pass from Walker (Smoak kick), 4:50
BC Walker 1 run (Smoak kick), 3:54
C Brandon Livingston 8 pass from Matt Charpia (Zach McCall kick), 2:13
BC Ti Myers 25 pass from Walker (Smoak kick), 9:36
C Steffan Washington 2 run (McCall kick), 5:35
BC Quinton McMillian 5 run (Smoak kick), 3:48
Rushing C, Washington 27-98, Charpia 6-(-10), Dreher 2-12. BC, Myers 23-96, Brown 16-133, Walker 8-1, Scott 4-11, Amaker 1-33, McMillian 2-11.
Passing C, Charpia 19-27-3-151. BC, Walker 3-10-0-56.
Receiving C, Livingston 4-32, Gonzales 5-59, Washington 5-20, White 3-39. BC, McCall 2-31, Myers 1-25.