The Baptist Hill Bobcats continued to make a strong case for inclusion in the state’s Class A top 10 with a third consecutive impressive win Thursday night at Stoney Field in downtown Charleston.
Baptist Hill senior quarterback Troy Harrison passed for 262 yards and three scores while rushing for 87 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bobcats to a 37-0 win over the Burke Bulldogs. It was Baptist Hill’s second consecutive shutout, and the Bobcats have outscored their first three opponents by a resounding 105-8 margin.
DeAngelo Frasier caught five passes for 90 yards and two scores, while Dakota Holmes added three catches for 62 yards for Baptist Hill.
Baptist Hill head coach Marion Brown was disappointed with the number of penalties his team committed but came away feeling good about being 3-0 on the season. Three penalties nullified touchdowns, including a 90-yard punt return in the first quarter.
“The penalties, we have to fix that,” said Brown. “We made a lot of mistakes that we cannot continue to make against some of the teams we have to play. It’s good to get a win. I thought we were a little complacent to start, a lot of mental mistakes. We have some things we can improve on and we need to work on staying focused. The teams we play down the line will beat us if we don’t play better mentally.”
The Bobcats took control from the outset, marching 83 yards on 13 plays on its opening possession with Harrison connecting with Dominique Bryant on a fourth-and-14 pass play from the 19-yard line with 2:09 left in the first quarter.
After Burke fumbled on its next possession, Harrison capped a short 43-yard drive with a 9-yard scoring run, pushing the lead to 12-0 with 11:24 left in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs (0-2) tried to answer with their best drive of the first half, marching to the Baptist Hill 16. However, the drive stalled and Burke was stopped on fourth down from the 17-yard line.
Baptist Hill went right back to work, again on an 83-yard drive. On the eighth play of the drive, Harrison and Frasier combined on a 14-yard toss, pushing the halftime lead to 18-0.
Burke’s Kaivon Rivers brought the sparse crowd to its feet on the ensuing kickoff, returning the kick 84 yards to the 1-yard line. Again, however, the offense stumbled, eventually losing the ball on fourth down at the 9-yard line.
Harrison finished the half with 165 yards passing and 56 yards on the ground.
Harrison went back to work in the third quarter, capping a 33-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge into the end zone, upping the margin to 24-0 with 4:50 left in the third.
Harrison put a capper on his night midway through the fourth, lobbing a 32-yard touchdown pass to Frasier, who out-jumped two defenders in the end zone for the score.
Baptist Hill 6 12 6 13 —37
Burke 0 0 0 0 — 0
BH — Dominique Bryant 19 pass from Troy Harrison (run failed)
BH — Harrison 9 run (run failed)
BH — DeAngelo Frasier 14 pass from Harrison (run failed)
BH — Harrison 1 run (kick failed)
BH — Frasier 32 pass from Harrison (Gilliard kick)
BH — Rashad Holmes 7 run (kick failed)