Battle Creek Central (0-6) lost their sixth straight game this season to visiting Loy Norrix (3-3) by a count of 49-6 on Friday night at C.W. Post Stadium.
It was BCC’s Homecoming, but the home team came out flat to start the game. Bearcats coach Lorin Granger, admitted his team just wasn’t focused.
“We did not come out of the locker room with the fire we needed. That team we put on the field in the first half, I don’t really recognize,” said Granger. “These last couple of weeks we’ve made so much progress. I’m really at a loss of words.”
This was made evident on the very first play of the game, when Loy Norrix kick returner Damien Coleman-West returned the kickoff 86 yards up the left sideline for a touchdown.
Then, on the Bearcats’ first possession, a lost fumble just five plays into the drive halted them.
The defense would commit four penalties on the next Loy Norrix drive, which set up a three-yard touchdown by Jovaughn Carver. It was 15-0 halfway through the first quarter.
“We had a lot of distractions, especially with what went on in the community today,” said Granger. “I don’t know if that played a part in it or not, but we certainty were distracted.”
Loy Norrix was able to force four turnovers in the first half, alone.
More importantly, however, they were able to capitalize on the Bearcats’ errors. The first on the Carver touchdown, then on a four-yard run from Adonios Lee and a ten-yard keeper by quarterback Davian Phillips.
They would go into halftime with a 29-0 lead.
The Knights found much success on the legs of Carver and Lee throughout the entire game.
“Our focus was to run the football. Our linemen had to do a good job. We had a heckuva week of practice,” said Loy Norrix head coach Sean Bergan. “Our backs worked on reading and holding the football, and making cuts. They put it all together tonight. It was a good team effort out there.”
Carver would finish the game with 125 yards rushing with three touchdowns. Lee added 66 yards and a score as well. Alex Bridges was the third leading rusher, amassing 58 yards and a score.
BCC’s only score came with four minutes left in the game, when Joe Bowser ran up the middle for a one-yard touchdown.
The Knights finished with 271 yards of rushing offense. Phillips added 32 yards through the air.
The Bearcats were led in rushing by Bowser, who rushed for 47 yards and the late score. Victor Conley also added 44 yards on the ground. BCC ended the night with 154 total yards.