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It didn’t take long for Battle Ground Academy to put its first-round game out of reach Friday.

The Wildcats (8-3) jumped to a 44-0 first-half lead and never looked back, cruising to a 44-7 win over The King’s Academy.

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The Wildcats gained 545 total yards on 45 plays (12.1 yards per play).

Quarterback Drew Martin led the way. He completed 14-of-19 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns and added five rushes for 72 yards.

Jaylen Frierson spearheaded the ground game with seven rushes for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Kel Hawkins added one rush for 28 yards and a score. He also led the Wildcats in receiving with three catches for 80 yards and another touchdown. Jack Jewell had three catches for 75 yards and two TDs.

The Wildcats were also on their game defensively. They limited the Lions to 238 total yards (83 passing) and forced three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble recovery).

The win advances BGA to the state quarterfinals, where it will host Division II-A East/Middle Region District 2 second seed University School of Jackson (8-3).

The Wildcats and Bruins squared off in a shootout on Sept. 16 in Jackson. USJ took a 52-45 win.

The last time BGA advanced to the quarterfinals was in 2014, when it finished as state runner-up.

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