The rain didn’t slow unbeaten Montgomery Bell Academy’s offense, and neither did Pope John Paul II as the Big Red rolled to a decisive 56-14 victory Friday at Tommy Owen Stadium.
MBA’s Ty Chandler, who scored eight touchdowns in the previous two games combined, added five more to his season total in Friday’s win.
“The O-line is blocking well, and we’re moving the ball well,” said Chandler, who had 201 yards rushing on 17 first-half carries. “We’re just doing the right things right now, getting the job done.”
The Big Red (7-0, 3-0 DII-AA E/M), the top-ranked team in The Tennessean Midstate Top 10, scored on all five of its first-half possessions, and Chandler, who scored on touchdown runs of 19, 4, 6 and 79 yards, played a hand in all five.
“I thought we came out sharp and the defense played really good,” MBA coach Marty Euverard said. “The offensive line blocked very well, and, of course, Ty ran great.”
Chandler, a 6-foot, 188-pound junior, also recovered a Pope John Paul II fumble in the end zone for a score, spotting the Big Red a 28-0 advantage with 10:10 remaining in the second quarter.
“Coach put me in there and told me to go get it,” Chandler said.
The Knights (2-5, 0-4), who managed just 186 yards of total offense, finally got on the scoreboard in the closing moments of the first half as quarterback Ben Brooks found Pace Dempsey for a 3-yard touchdown pass.
“It’s disappointing,” first-year Pope John Paul II coach Justin Geisinger said. “I don’t think we came out and fought the way we needed to. Obviously we were hoping for a better fight … I’m worried (about) our team; I’m not worried about MBA. I’m worried about what we’re doing, and we did not do the things we needed to do to give ourselves a chance. That’s the bottom line.”
Brooks finished 15-of-23 for 153 yards with a pair of touchdowns, including a a 19-yarder to junior Jalen Cambridge, and an interception.
MBA, which travels to second-place Brentwood Academy next week, racked up 399 yards of offense — 373 of which came on 39 rushing attempts by the Big Red.
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