CUSSETA, Ga. -- Bowdon came into Friday night's game against Chattahoochee County ranked ninth in the Associated Press Class AA state rankings and showed why in a 35-6 Region 5-AA win over the Panthers.
Bowdon (4-0, 2-0) rolled up 413 yards of offense, including 307 rushing yards on 44 carries, while limiting ChattCo (2-2, 0-2) to 80 yards and six first downs.
"Thank goodness our defense played the way it did tonight because we sure shot ourselves in the foot offensively in the first half," said Bowdon coach Dwight Hochstetler. "We lost a fumble on the 2-yard line and turned the ball over on downs inside their 10. We should've been up 28-0 at halftime. But I thought our line did a good job of opening up holes and our running backs did a good job for us."
Bowdon marched to ChattCo's 11-yard line on its first drive but ended up turning the ball over on downs. However, on the Panthers' third play from scrimmage, a bad snap sailed into the end zone and quarterback Chris Askew had to fall on it for a safety to put the Red Devils up 2-0. After the subsequent free kick, the Red Devils went 46 yards in six plays to score on a 21-yard run by William Drummond, giving Bowdon an 8-0 lead with 4:39 to go in the first quarter.
After the teams traded fumbles, including Bowdon losing the ball at the ChattCo 4-yard line, bad snaps came back to haunt the Panthers again. This time, the snap sailed over Askew's head into the end zone and Bowdon's Logan Freeman fell on it for a touchdown to put the Red Devils ahead, 14-0, halfway through the second quarter.
"We had bad snaps, dropped punts and dropped passes tonight," said ChattCo coach Russell Morgan. "Why it all happened to us tonight, I don't know."
Chris Keith had 124 yards on 16 carries and one catch for 67 yards and Drummond pitched in 79 yards and two scores on four carries. Jodie Perkins finished with 48 yards on nine carries to lead ChattCo, which lost Askew in the third quarter to a high ankle sprain.
Friday at Panther Stadium
Bowdon 8 13 14 0--35
ChattCo 0 0 0 6--6
B--Safety (Askew sacked in end zone), 7:26.
B--William Drummond 21 run (Kick failed), 4:39.
B--Logan Freeman fumble recovery in end zone (Kick failed), 6:31.
B--Chris Keith 67 pass from Marcus Thurman (Avery McWhorter kick), 4:27.
B--Keith 44 run (McWhorter kick), 6:01.
B--Drummond 17 run (McWhorter kick), 2:03.
C--Jodie Perkins 35 run (Kick failed), 3:21.
Records: Bowdon 4-0, 2-0 Region 5-AA; ChattCo 2-2, 0-2. Next: Manchester at Bowdon Friday; Heard County at ChattCo, Oct. 5.