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Piedmont beats BCA handily in road game rout

POSTED: August 30, 2014 10:00 a.m.

If the second half of Bethlehem’s first game gave the Knights any optimism about the coming season, Friday night’s 77-0 beating at the hands of Piedmont Academy in Monticello did a fine job of making them forget it. 

“We’ve got some hurt kids right now,” Bethlehem Christian Academy head football coach Lance Fendley admitted after the loss. “I think they’re hurt because they know they could have left a little more out there on the field.”

Piedmont’s Cougars (2-0) used a seven-play drive in the first quarter to go up by a score, and that was all there was to it.

The Knights would get a chance to even things up with their own solid drive on the very next possession, but a penalty near Piedmont’s 30-yard line ended any semblance of momentum BCA would have for the drive and for the evening as the game quickly and decidedly went out of their hands.

According to Fendley, the Knights knew they would have an advantage over the top and should have some success passing the ball. Passing the ball only goes so far, though, when a team collectively struggles to make catches.

“It wasn’t the situation like last week where it was turnover after turnover,” Fendley said, indicating BCA’s even turnover margin against Piedmont. “It was just a simple execution problem tonight. We just couldn’t come down with anything at all.”

From an uncharacteristically pass-heavy BCA offense, Fendley acknowledged that the Knights had no more than three or four completions. 

“We had trouble on the outside catching the football,” Fendley noted.

As for the Bethlehem defense, the Knights failed to contain Piedmont’s ground game as the Cougars were consistently able to run the ball around the edge for huge gains and costly touchdowns.

“We had trouble from our linebacker play making those tackles,” Fendley added. “It was just a bad night.”

The biggest thing Fendley pointed out is that the Knights will need to spend some time working on football fundamentals going into next week as some of the basics like throwing and catching and tackling were the stumbling blocks Friday night.

The Knights, admittedly, have little positive they can pull out of Friday’s game except for the knowledge that they can work harder during the week and in competition on Friday night, according to Fendley.

“I think we learned tonight that we can’t go haphazard about anything,” Fendley acknowledged. “We can’t go into a game just knowing that it’s going to get done. We’ve got to start being more competitive in practice.

“There really isn’t anything positive you can take from it. They’re embarrassed. As a staff, we’re embarrassed,” Fendley added. “There’s no other feeling really to have after a score like that.”

Although there may not be much left to take from the game itself, Fendley hopes that his players take at least one lesson from the way things went Friday and that is the understanding that the BCA football program does not crumble because of a bad game.

“We’re still a family. We’re still a team. I think the lesson to be learned is that we’re in one of those moments right now more than ever that we’re going to have to come together and figure out what kind of season we want to have,” Fendley stated.

The Knights will stay on the road next week as they visit John Milledge Academy in Milledgeville for their last non-region game of the season. Although an 0-2 start is hardly what the Bethlehem football program had hoped for, it is still just that. 

That is the record after just two games.

“It’s still early. We’ve got eight games left to play,” Fendley explained.

“We do have a daunting schedule ahead of us, but the only thing we can control is what we do and what we need to do is go back to work. We have to hit the ground running and put this game in a hole in a can somewhere and forget this game so that we never have to think about it again.”



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