The Bowdon Red Devils scored early and often on the Spencer Greenwave Friday night at Kinnett Stadium, not letting up until they'd posted a 61-28 Region 5-AA victory.
Bowdon (7-1, 5-1) scored on its first seven possessions of the game and didn't throw a pass in the entire game, instead rolling up 488 rushing yards to control the game. The Red Devils scored before their offense even got on the field, as Logan Freeman picked off Spencer quarterback Tarvaraska Davis and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown just 1:32 into the game.
Following a Spencer punt, Bowdon took over on its own 46-yard line and marched 54 yards in 10 plays for its first offensive touchdown of the game. Chris Keith finished the drive with a 9-yard run and Avery McWhorter's extra point made it 14-0 Bowdon with 3:01 to go in the opening period.
The Greenwave (2-5, 2-3) drove on its next possession to Bowdon's 29, but Marcus Thurman stepped in front of a Davis pass and returned the interception 76 yards to the Spencer 19-yard line. Three plays later, Keith scored again on a 4-yard run and Bowdon led 21-0 after one quarter.
Thurman did it again on the Greenwave's next drive, picking off Davis in the end zone to snuff out a potential scoring drive. Bowdon then went 80 yards in just four plays and Darnell Holland close out the the march with a 6-yard touchdown run to give the Red Devils a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Spencer finally was able to finish off a drive on its next possession, going 72 yards in nine plays and taking 4:18 off the clock before Davis scored on a 10-yard run. Davis then found Blaze Coaxum for the two-point conversion to get Spencer back to within 28-8 with 5:21 to go in the first half.
Bowdon got one final touchdown before the break, though, going 62 yards in five plays before Pearce Kirk scored on a 4-yard run to put the Red Devils up comfortably at halftime.
Bowdon had 212 yards of offense, all on the ground, despite having the ball for only 8:33 of the opening 24 minutes. Keith led the way with 120 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Meanwhile, Spencer had 147 yards of offense and nine first downs, but the three first-half interceptions were costly to the Greenwave's chances.
The Red Devils kept it up on their first drive of the second half, as Holland finished off a five-play, 55-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown run. McWhorter's extra point gave Bowdon a 42-8 lead with 9:42 remaining in the third quarter.
Spencer replied with another nice scoring drive, going 70 yards in seven plays in just over three minutes. Davis hit Coaxum with a 35-yard touchdown pass for the score and after a failed two-point conversion, Bowdon led 42-14 midway through the period.
William Drummond got in on the act for Bowdon on its next drive, scoring on a 3-yard run to cap off a nine-play, 61-yard march, but Davis and Coaxum hooked up again for a 59-yard touchdown pass to make it 49-20.
Friday at Kinnett Stadium
Bowdon 21 14 14 12--61
Spencer 0 8 12 8--28
B - Logan Freeman 12 interception return (Avery McWhorter kick), 10:28.
B - Chris Keith 9 run (McWhorter kick), 3:01.
B - Keith 4 run (McWhorter kick), 0:25.
B - Darnell Holland 6 run (McWhorter kick), 9:39.
S - Tarvaraska Davis 10 run (Blaze Coaxum pass from Davis), 5:21.
B - Pearce Kirk 4 run (McWhorter kick), 3:42.
B - Holland 18 run (McWhorter kick), 9:42.
S - Coaxum 35 pass from Davis (Pass failed), 6:33.
B - William Drummond 3 run (McWhorter kick), 1:28.
S - Coaxum 59 yard pass from Davis (Run failed), 0:25.
B - Kirk 19 run (Kick blocked), 10:37.
S - Damarkus Robins 68 run (Jayson Sims run), 9:55.
B - Kirk 5 run (Kick failed), 5:21.
Records: Bowdon 7-1, 5-1 Region 5-AA; Spencer 2-5, 2-3. Next: Spencer at Chattahoochee County, Friday, 7:30 p.m.