Montgomery Bell Academy’s offense was held to six points in the second half after a 28-point first half, falling to Baylor 38-34 in the Division II-Class AAA BlueCross Bowl state championship game Thursday evening at Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium.
Notes from the game:
How it went down: Both teams traded blows in the first half as MBA (12-1) led 28-24 at the break, thanks to four Marcel Reed touchdown passes. Hutton Durrett and Claiborne Richards each hauled one in, while Johnathan Moore had two touchdown receptions. Baylor countered with a Whit Muschamp scoring strike to Louis Vincent, as well as touchdown runs by Amari Jefferson and Caleb Hampton. In the second half, Jefferson caught a 46-yard TD pass from Muschamp and Hampton added a 45-yard touchdown to put the Red Raiders (???) up 38-28 with 6:45 to play. Reed threw his fifth touchdown pass of the evening, a 13-yarder to Blake Ragsdale, with 3:19 to play, but failed to recover the onside kick and was unable to stop Baylor again.
Notable numbers: Baylor outgained MBA 517-395 in the contest … The Red Raiders rushed for 265 yards, averaging 7.4 yards per carry … MBA managed 132 rushing yards, gaining 6.3 yards per carry … Baylor and MBA combined for 582 yards of total offense in the first half.
Turning point: Reed lost a fumble in the third quarter as the Big Red were inside the Baylor 25-yard line, and the Red Raiders turned it into points four plays later on Jefferson’s 46-yard touchdown from Muschamp.
Key performers: Reed finished 16-of-24 passing for 263 yards and five touchdowns, and rushed for 67 yards on eight carries … Johnothan Moore rushed for 61 yards on nine attempts in addition to his three catches for 63 yards and two scores .. Claiborne Richards had six catches for 102 yards and a touchdown for the Big Red … Whit Muschamp was 19-of-29 for 252 yards and two scores and added 52 rushing yards … Caleb Hampton rushed for 170 yards on 24 carries with two scores … MBA’s leading tacklers were Grayson Soper (nine tackles, six solo), Browning Trainer (nine tackles, six solo), and Hunter Jeansonne (eight tackles, five solo).