By PATRICK CASEY
Freeport got 202 rushing yards and three touchdowns from freshman K’wan Powell as the Bulldogs posted a 42-12 victory over Snook Christian Academy this past Friday night in a game played at Summerdale School near Mobile.
Freeport got a 5-yard touchdown run from quarterback Rajah Hooks in the first quarter, then added a 43-yard run from Powell to hold a 14-0 lead with 9:21 left in the first half only to have the Eagles connect on a 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Branton Morgan to Collin Johnson to trim the lead to 14-6.
Freeport came back with a 12-yard scoring run from Powell and a two-point conversion run from Shannon Carswell to hold a 22-6 lead at intermission.
The Freeport defense picked off three passes in the second half with Kadyen Inns going 57 yards for a touchdown on the first miscue to push the lead to 29-6 less than three minutes into the third quarter.
Freeport was driving for another score when Hooks fumbled the ball inside the 10-yard line and kicked the loose pigskin into the hands of a defender that raced down the home sidelines until Powell caught him from behind, stripping the ball near the Bulldogs’ 35-yard line only to have a teammate scoop up the ball and race into the endzone to complete a bizarre 91-yard fumble return for a touchdown to cut the lead to 29-12.
Powell would get loose on a 38-yard scoring run with less than a minute left in the third quarter to extend the lead to 36-12 with Carswell adding a 2-yard scoring run for the final points of the game with less than four minutes to play in the contest.
Hooks and Cameron Hardee would add interceptions to keep the ball out of the hands of the Eagles and the Freeport defense held the host squad to eight total rushing yards while posting five quarterback sacks and an additional eight tackles for loss against the run in dominating the game to move to 4-4 on the year.
The Bulldogs play an important contest at Bozeman(3-3) on Thursday night at 7 p.m. before returning home to battle Jay in their regular season finale.