BGA Survives Opener at Goodpasture

It may not have been the cleanest game they’ve ever played, but the Battle Ground Academy Wildcats did just enough Friday to start their season on a winning note.

The Wildcats jumped on top of the Goodpasture Christian Cougars 21-0 in the first half, but were held scoreless after the break.

The Cougars scored a touchdown in the third and fourth quarters, but ran out of time in their come-from-behind attempt. BGA escaped with a 21-14 road win.

Goodpasture was able to stay in the game due to 12 penalties called on the Wildcats for a total of 115 yards. Comparatively, the Cougars were called for two penalties for just 15 yards in the entire game.

For the first time in what may seem like forever, BGA is working with quarterbacks whose last names aren’t Beathard. After CJ and Clay Beathard manned the signal calling spot for most of the last eight seasons, Drew Martin and Jake Holloway split time at the position Friday.

Martin completed 9-of-16 passes for 156 yards and touchdown and Holloway was 4-of-5 for 72 yards and a score through the air.
Jack Jewell was the main beneficiary of the passing attack, reeling in four catches for 122 yards. He scored both of the receiving touchdowns for the Wildcats.

Running back Jaylen Frierson added a 5-yard score on the ground. He rushed for a game-high 65 yards on nine carries.
With the win, BGA takes its 1-0 record into its home opener next Friday against Friendship Christian.


  1. The BGA players know that Goodpasture won the game on the field, BGA should feel very fortunate to pull out a win last Friday night. You are right it wasn’t a clean game for Goodpasture in the first half and did completely shut down BGA in the 2nd half. Also need to point out that 2 of the BGA’s TD’s in the first half should have been called back. The first TD happened when #1 fumbled the ball into the endzone and was recovered by Goodpasture. The video below clearly shows this play and should have been a turnover touchback. No one can question this play it is pretty clear. The 2nd first half TD was a broken down sweep pitch play that was fumbled and the BGA QB had to scramble and throws for a TD. It was a good heads-up play by the BGA QB to scramble to recover the ball and making the pass down the field, however, BGA had 3 linemen downfield on this play as it was originally a run sweep play that was broken up so none of the linemen were pass blocking.

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