Bolivar celebrated homecoming and christened the new video board at Plaster Stadium with a 47-7 walloping of visiting Marshall Friday night, Sept. 14. The Liberators took advantage of an injury-hampered Marshall squad, while getting healthy themselves with three players back on the field.
“It’s been nice to see us get healthy and see what we look like. For the most part, we’re healthy,” Johnson said. “We thought tonight could’ve been exciting with having all those guys back.”
Bolivar got on the board early with a Brock Pitts 12-yard touchdown catch from Hayden Burks. Dylan Rowell added one of five PATs for a quick 7-0 Liberator lead. Marshall (1-3) tied the game with 1:55 left in the opening period, on a Tariq Coleman 2-yard TD run.
The Liberators pulled away from the Owls in the second quarter with three scores. Eathen Dinwiddie returned to the lineup and blew the feathers off the Owl defense. He started with a 9-yard scoring run midway through the period, followed by a 43-yard sprint as BHS led 20-6.
Pitts added a touchdown grab late in the first half on a third-and-very long. Burks hooked up with the senior receiver for an 80-yard touchdown up the middle, as Bolivar led 26-7 at the break. The Owls missed a 36-yard field goal try wide left before the end of the half.
Dinwiddie added his third touchdown of the night on a 4-yard run midway through the third quarter. Payton Vahle returned to the lineup with second interception of the night, returning it 35 yards for the touchdown. Dylan Hall capped the scoring with a 1-yard TD run with 2:16 left in the game.
Bolivar (2-2) registered five turnovers on the night.
“We’re excited that we were able to finish a game,” said Bolivar coach Glen Johnson. “That was our goal, for our young guys to learn how to finish a game. Marshall is pretty banged up. Both quarterbacks were hurt. We did what we should’ve done and you can’t ask for more from the kids. They just kept coming and got better.”
The Liberators host 3-1 Kansas City Center next Friday, Sept. 21. The Yellowjackets beat Van Horn of Independence 21-6 at home Friday night.
For more on this game, including game stats, see Wednesday’s BH-FP.