McCallie's Jeffery Coleman ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns, but the Blue Tornado fell just short of upsetting Bowling Green, Ky., which had won 33 straight games and was 3-0 this season. Though McCallie led much of the game, the visiting Purples' running attack dominated the fourth quarter to eak out a 40-36 victory.
McCallie led 21-19 at the half after there were five touchdowns scored in the first quarter and only one - by McCallie - in the second quarter.
After Bowling Green scored first on a six-yard pass from Devin Hayes to top state of Kentucky receiver Nacarius Fant, Coleman electrified the crowd by racing 99 yards to open the game for the Blue Tornado.
McCallie fell behind 13-6 after Blue Tisdale scored for the Purples on a four-yard run. McCallie was able to block the extra point try. Then Andrew Busby took it in from three yards out for McCallie.
Busby got another score on a one-yard run in the second quarter to give the home team the lead.
Bowling Green was driving late in the first half when safety J.J. Lewis got an interception for McCallie to halt the drive.
McCallie moved to a 28-19 lead in the third quarter and padded that with a safety when the ball sailed over the head of Bowling Green punter Hunter Hanks and he batted it out of the end zone.
But Bowling Green got the ball back quickly and drove down the field on a pass to Fant and a long run by Tisdale. Then Tisdale scored on a 32-yard scamper. Hayes hit Fant for a two-point conversion.
Then came back-to-back kickoff scoring kickoff returns by Coleman and then Fant. McCallie missed its extra point and Bowling Green tried for two points and failed. The lead was 36-33 McCallie.
Coleman's run was 94 yards, and Fant went 99.
After a McCallie drive was stopped, Charlie Lindeman had a 57-yard punt that pinned Bowling Green on its one-yard line.
The Purples drove all the way down the field to retake the lead 40-36. The score came on a nine-yard pass from Hayes to Fant.
McCallie then moved to the Bowling Green 30 before JaVaughn Craig threw his first interception of the season when he overthrew a receiver.
Bowling Green had 14 first downs in the first half to 10 by McCallie. The Purples in the first half had 55 yards on the ground and 225 in the air. McCallie had 116 yards rushing and 173 passing in the first half. Bowling Green moved to a ground attack in much of the second half, relying mainly on senior Tisdale to carry the load. With minutes remaining, he was able to get a first down on a fourth-down play that effectively ended McCallie's hopes.
McCallie falls to 3-2 after the second close loss in a row. The Blue Tornado fell last week on a final-play field goal at Siegel.
Elsewhere on Friday night, Baylor rolled past Pope John Paul II 51-3.
George Porter got Baylor off to a big lead with two early TDs, and sophomore George Pettway hauled in a pass for another score. Adrian Harris also got in on the scoring parade.
Bowling Green 40, McCallie 36
Bowling Green 19 0 14 7 40
McCallie 14 7 15 0 36
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 07:04 BG - Nacarius Fant 5 yd pass from Devin Hayes (Lee Ramsey kick), 15-86 4:56
06:51 MCC - Jeffrey Coleman 95 yd kickoff return (Peter Phillips kick)
05:01 BG - Blue Tisdale 4 yd run (Lee Ramsey kick blockd), 4-80 1:50
02:03 MCC - Andrew Busby 2 yd run (Peter Phillips kick), 9-73 2:51
00:23 BG - Blue Tisdale 35 yd pass from Devin Hayes (Lee Ramsey kick failed), 6-73 1:31
2nd 08:45 MCC - Andrew Busby 2 yd run (Peter Phillips kick), 10-69 3:32
3rd 11:39 MCC - CJ Fritz 48 yd pass from JaVaughn Craig (Peter Phillips kick), 1-48 0:10
09:38 MCC - TEAM safety
07:01 BG - Blue Tisdale 32 yd run (Nacarius Fant pass from Devin Hayes), 5-80 0:58
06:47 MCC - Jeffrey Coleman 93 yd kickoff return (Peter Phillips kick failed)
06:31 BG - Nacarius Fant 99 yd kickoff return (Devin Hayes pass failed)
4th 09:45 BG - Nacarius Fant 13 yd pass from Devin Hayes (Hunter Hanks kick), 14-99 5:59
FIRST DOWNS 30 15
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 45-187 29-145
PASSING YDS (NET) 286 127
Passes Att-Comp-Int 37-24-1 12-8-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 82-473 41-272
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 0-0 1-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 3-146 8-325
Interception Returns-Yards 1-12 1-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 1-46.0 3-47.3
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-52 11-96
Possession Time 31:52 16:08
Third-Down Conversions 9 of 15 3 of 7
Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 3 1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3-4 2-2
Sacks By: Number-Yards 1-5 1-7
RUSHING: Bowling Green-Blue Tisdale 31-199; Blake Pillow 8-23; Devin Hayes 2-7; Nacarius Fant 1-2;
TEAM 2-minus 4; Hunter Hanks 1-minus 40. McCallie-Andrew Busby 13-66; JaVaughn Craig 10-49; CJ Fritz
3-34; Jeffrey Coleman 3-minus 4.
PASSING: Bowling Green-Devin Hayes 24-37-1-286. McCallie-JaVaughn Craig 8-12-1-127.
RECEIVING: Bowling Green-Nacarius Fant 10-181; Blake Pillow 5-15; Blue Tisdale 4-62; Patrick Simms
4-24; Bradley Wierson 1-4. McCallie-CJ Fritz 5-99; Spencer Morgan 2-19; Adrian Thomas 1-9.
INTERCEPTIONS: Bowling Green-Hunter Rogers 1-12. McCallie-CJ Fritz 1-0.
FUMBLES: Bowling Green-Hunter Hanks 1-0. McCallie-None.
Bowling Green (4-0) vs. McCallie (3-2,1-0)
Date: Sep 20, 2013 • Site: McCallie School • Stadium: Spears Stadium
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