Bowling Green is moving on to the next round.
Behind an all-around dominant performance, the Purples rolled past Christian County 37-6 Friday night in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs at El Donaldson Stadium.
“Tonight we came right out of the gate and they executed well, moved right down the field, so this is just what we wanted in the first round,” Bowling Green coach Mark Spader said.
BGHS (7-3) build a 14-0 lead after the opening quarter, pushed its advantage to 27-0 at halftime and cruised through the second half and into the second round of the playoffs.
The Purples will host crosstown rival South Warren (10-1) next Friday. They defeated the Spartans 14-3 on Oct. 4.
After Christian County turned it over on downs on its first drive, Bowling Green assembled a quick, consistent series and capped it with a three-yard touchdown pass from Conner Cooper from Elvin FoFanah to make it 7-0 at the 7:39 mark of the first quarter.
“That’s just playoff mentality,” Cooper said of coming out and starting fast. “We’ve gotta win five games – and this is step one, round one. We’ve gotta look forward to next week.”
Following a Colonels’ punt on their second drive, the Purples again put together a successful one of their own and scored on a three-yard TD run by JaVyan Collins to double their lead to 14-0 at the 3:24 mark.
Collins’ second score – this one a one-yard run – early into the second pushed Bowling Green’s advantage to 20-0. Dalton Major’s PAT just missed, but the Purples still led by three scores.
Max Payne’s 22-yard TD pass to Zak Brassell with 3:42 left in the half made it 27-0 – and the Purples took that same lead into the locker room at the break.
Cooper finished 15-of-18 for 138 yards and two TDs, while Payne went 2-for-2 for 34 yards and a score. Collins carried eight times for 23 yards and two TDs, Scotty Brown had four catches for 50 yards and a TD and Brassell recorded three receptions for 41 yards and a score.
Bowling Green remained in control throughout the second half.
“It felt really good,” Brown said of the team’s performance. “We all know what we want – and that’s the end goal of winning a state championship. This is just step one. I think we have confidence that we can make it happen.”
Brown reeled in a 1-yard TD pass from Cooper at the 9:53 mark of the third to put Bowling Green up 34-0, and Major followed up by sending a 28-yard field goal through the uprights to make it 37-0, trigger the KHSAA state-mandated running clock and seal it.
“It was very business-like tonight,” Spader said. “I know next week there’ll be a lot more emotion involved. I expect a very focused week of practice. We’ve got work to do.”
Bowling Green 37, Christian County 6
CCHS – 0 0 0 6 — 6
BGHS – 14 13 10 0 — 37
BGHS – Elvin FoFanah 3 pass from Conner Cooper (Dalton Major kick), 7:39
BGHS – JaVyan Collins 3 run (Major kick), 3:24
BGHS – Collins 1 run (Kick missed), 11:46
BGHS – Zak Brassell 22 pass from Max Payne (Major kick), 3:42
BGHS – Scotty Brown 1 pass from Cooper (Major kick), 9:53
BGHS – Major 28 field goal, 6:28
CCHS – LRay Coleman 3 run (Two-point conversion fails), 8:34