Bowdon 54, Chattahoochee County 6: Panthers fall in Region 5-AA contest

For The Times-GeorgianSeptember 21, 2013 

BOWDON, Ga. -- The Bowdon High School football team blew by Chattahoochee County in a Region 5-AA contest at Warren P. Sewell on Friday night, rolling out to a 54-6 victory after scoring a touchdown on eight of its 12 first-half drives en route to a 54-0 halftime advantage.

Not only did the Red Devils (4-0, 2-0 Region 5-AA) do damage behind their high-powered offense, but the defense and special teams were also responsible for forcing three turnovers.

Bowdon's offense gathered more than 400 yards of total offense, with 290 coming from the rushing attack. Senior quarterback Marcus Thurman led Bowdon's passing game, completing 5-of-7 attempts for 105 yards and three touchdown heaves to Darnell Holland.

Thurman was also responsible for 59 yards rushing on three attempts, with one touchdown on a 38-yard run. Backup quarterback Juwan Maze got in the action by completing a touchdown pass to Chris Keith on a 23-yard strike. Keith would find the end zone one more time on a 55-yard run, while Pearce Kirk and William Drummond also scored rushing touchdowns of three and six yards, respectively.

The Panthers (2-2, 0-2) had a hard time finding any success, either through the air or on the ground, especially after starting quarterback C.J. Afoa went down with an injury with 7:16 left in the first quarter.

Backup quarterback Chris Smith took over under the center and he went 4-of-7 for 28 yards, while picking up 19 yards on the ground on five carries. The Panthers' lone score came during the third quarter with 4:20 left on the clock. Jodie Duke took off on a 42-yard run to get the Panthers past the 50-yard line and then followed it up a 43-yard touchdown run. Duke ended up with 94 of the 146 rushing yards for ChattCo.

Bowdon travels to Manchester (3-0, 1-0) next Friday for a matchup of region unbeatens, while Chattahoochee County is off until Oct. 4 when they play at Heard County.

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