Bowling Green graduated most of the starters off last year's undefeated Class 5A state championship team, but it was hard to tell it in the iHigh Fayette County Football Frenzy on Friday night.
The reloaded Purples rolled to their 17th consecutive victory by beating Lafayette 42-20 at Bryan Station.
Bowling Green junior quarterback Devin Hayes threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns.
Junior speedster Blue Tisdale ran for two scores, and junior receiver Nacarius Fant had five catches for 107 yards, including a 43-yard TD.
Spencer Renfro, a senior receiver, got in on the fun. He snagged a pair of TD passes in the second half as the Purples pulled away after leading 21-14 at halftime.
"Coming into the year people didn't think we'd be nothin', so we wanted to come out show we're still pretty good," Fant said.
Coach Kevin Wallace has been impressed with his team's play in last week's 45-0 win over Allen County-Scottsville last week and his Purples' second-half performance against Lafayette.
"We're probably a lot further along than I thought we'd be," he said.
Bowling Green jumped ahead 14-0 in the first quarter. Fant caught a 43-yard TD pass from Hayes. A few minutes later, Tisdale streaked 35 yards for a score.
But Lafayette didn't buckle. It rallied to tie it in the second quarter behind senior quarterback Garrett Peavler.
Peavler ran 6 yards for the Generals' first score, then hit Tranard Chester with a 23-yard TD pass with only 38 seconds left in the first half.
But that proved to be enough time for the explosive Purples to strike again.
Tisdale returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards to the Lafayette 37. Bowling Green squeezed in seven plays in the remaining 29 seconds, and Tisdale scored from the 1 as time expired.
Bowling Green opened the second half strong, putting up two TDs in the third quarter to put the Generals in a deep hole.
Blake Pillow's 8-yard scoring run made it 28-14, and Hayes' 8-yard TD toss to Renfro stretched the Purples' lead to 35-14.
Renfro capped things off with a 36-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter.
Peavler threw a 15-yard TD pass to Josh Dunn in the closing minute. Peavler completed 24 of 36 passes for 207 yards. Dunn, Chester and Darius Hughes combined for 19 catches and 186 yards.
Generals Coach Carl Hayden was impressed by Bowling Green.
"They're solid; they're state champs for a reason," he said.
"To beat a team like that you have to play a perfect game. But we didn't show up tonight. We've gotta go back to the drawing board and get ready for next week."
Bowling Green 14 7 14 7—42
Lafayette 0 14 0 6—20
BG—Nacarius Fant 43 pass from Devin Hayes (Dave Drobocky kick). BG—Blue Tisdale 35 run(Drobocky kick). L—Garrett Peavler 6 run (Nathan Gillespie kick). L—Tranard Chester 23 pass from Peavler (Gillespie kick). BG—Tisdale 1 run (Drobocky kick). BG—Blake Pillow 8 run (Drobocky kick). BG—Spencer Renfro 8 pass from Hayes. (Drobocky kick) BG—Renfro 36 pass from Hayes (Drobocky kick). L—Josh Dunn 15 pass from Peavler. (Pass failed)
Records—Bowling Green 2-0; Lafayette 1-1
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