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Cougars blast Buccaneers on homecoming

DAILY LEADER / SHERYLYN EVANS / Bowling Green Connor McCain (15) stretches for an extra yard after being tackled by BA's Matt Byrd (63), Garrett Pace (50) and Jon Taylor Cline (2) Friday night at Red Stuart Field.

DAILY LEADER / SHERYLYN EVANS / Bowling Green Connor McCain (15) stretches for an extra yard after being tackled by BA’s Matt Byrd (63), Garrett Pace (50) and Jon Taylor Cline (2) Friday night at Red Stuart Field.

Senior quarterback Heath Hickman threw three touchdowns and the Brookhaven Academy (1-3, 1-1) defense forced two turnovers in a 29-15 win over Bowling Green on homecoming.

Hickman completed 20 of 28 passes to six different Cougars receivers. Hickman connected with senior running back Connor Dorman on two touchdown passes of 45 and 8-yards.

Dorman finished the contest with 131 total yards. Senior Caleb Brown led Cougars receivers with six catches for 65 yards. After a breakout 205-yard receiving performance last week, junior William King saw double teams throughout the night and hauled in five catches for 59 yards. Sophomore Madison Smith had three catches for 51 yards including a 16-yard touchdown.

Junior halfback Carter Culbertson picked up a first-quarter touchdown when he took the handoff from Hickman and plunged in from one yard out. King was knocked out at the goal line on the previous play on a 20-yard completion.

The Cougars racked up 352 total yards, 259 through the air. They again showed the ability to shut down an offense by getting pressure with the front seven. Seniors Garrett Pace, Michael Fiorella, Joey Rushing and junior J.T. Cline had 27.5 combined tackles including seven tackles for loss. All four had several QB hurries during the game. Pace picked off a deflected Bucs pass near midfield, which the offense quickly turned into a score.

The Cougars hit the road three consecutive weeks beginning with a district game next week at Amite County School in Liberty. Senior Hillary Wilson was named Homecoming Queen in pregame festivities. The school also announced at halftime that it has received $791,166 in gifts and pledges over the last year during the Building on Tradition capital campaign.