LEXINGTON — Bowling Green never quite found a rhythm before halftime Friday night in Lexington, but a handful of big plays carried the Purples to smooth sailing in the second half.
Despite being stymied at times by penalties and turnovers early against Lafayette, Bowling Green (2-0) survived with help from its playmakers and rolled to a 42-20 win over the Generals in the Fayette County iHigh Football Frenzy at Bryan Station High School.
“This is a game I think should’ve gotten out of hand a lot earlier,” BG coach Kevin Wallace said. “Turnovers cost us early, but we probably played as well as we could possibly play in the third quarter. I told the guys at half that we haven’t had a close game in a long time, and it was a good thing for us to see how we’d react. Hopefully it’s a good sign.”
Juniors Blue Tisdale and Nacarius Fant were the stars of the first half, but most of the BG offense shined in a crisp final two quarters.
The Purples outscored Lafayette 21-6 in the second half, racking up 171 yards of offense to bring their game total to 341.
Fant finished the game with 108 receiving yards and was named the most valuable player, while Tisdale rushed for 86 yards and two scores – all in the first half.
“We came out a little flat early, but in the second half, we came out and hit spots,” Fant said.
Junior quarterback Devin Hayes finished the game 13 of 22 passing for 202 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, but he was 8 of 8 for 111 yards and two scores in the second half.
The Purples host Class 6A power St. Xavier at 7 p.m. Friday.