Christian County had opportunities, but Bowling Green is ranked fourth in the state in Class 5A.

The Colonels stalled on their opportunities and the Purples capitalized, cruising over County, 42-0, at the Stadium of Champions on Friday night.

Head coach Steve Lovelace said his team needs to get better when given a chance to put points on the board.

“We killed ourselves,” Lovelace said. “We got down 14-0, had opportunities to get it back and we didn’t do it. We saw some good things but we’ve got to be able to run the ball. We can’t sit back and throw the ball 50 times and expect to win. They did a good job containing us and making us throw the ball.”

The Colonels got put on the back foot early as Bowling Green took a little over two minutes off the clock to strike first. A punt from County and it was quickly 14-0.

Quarterback Donta Abren led the Colonels on a drive, but it stalled after a failed fourth-down try. From there, the Purples continued to roll.

Bowling Green led 28-0 at the half and kept County at bay for the first 24 minutes. Almost every drive from the Colonels was stalled due to penalties or the one Christian County turnover in the half.

Lovelace said his team had some mental mistakes in the game that need to be cleaned up. County played only its third game of the season on Friday night.

“There were mental mistakes from us and they called some things,” he said. “We’ll regroup and battle back.”

County held Bowling Green to just 14 points in the second half, but that was enough to get the running clock started and shortened the game.

The Colonels fall to 1-2 on the year and 0-2 in the district. The Class 5A District 2 gauntlet continues for them next week, as they will travel to face No. 2 South Warren. The Spartans defeated Bowling Green 10-7 on Oct. 7.

Lovelace said he knows he will have to face either South Warren or Bowling Green again in the first round of the playoffs and just hopes his team can just continue to improve throughout the rest of the year.

“I told our kids at halftime, we’re either going to play Bowling Green or South Warren again five weeks from now,” Lovelace said. “We’re going to have to watch film, figure out what we need to do better and get better at it.”

The Colonels and Spartans will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Bowling Green 42, Christian County 0

BG 14 14 7 7 — 42

CC 0 0 0 0 — 0

SCORING

BG: Javeius Bunton 1 rush (PAT good), 7-0, 9:43 1Q

BG: Javeius Bunton 9 rush (PAT good) 14-0, 5:32 1Q

BG: Eli Burwash 1 rush (PAT good), 21-0, 6:28 2Q

BG: Connor Cooper 7 pass to Tyler Strode, (PAT good), 28-0, 2:34 2Q

BG: Connor Cooper 5 rush (PAT good), 35-0, 1:14 3Q

BG: Connor Cooper 23 pass to Jordan Dingle (PAT good), 42-0, 7:53 4Q

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