BIGGERSVILLE — Junior Zae Davis scored on the games second play, Biggersville gave Baldwyn a major dose of senior Goldman Butler and the Lions defense played “I dare you” with Bearcat quarterback Maddux Richey as BHS broke open a close game early on to blast the ‘Cats 40-13 Thursday to improve to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in Division 1-1A.

With the loss Baldwyn drops to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in division play.

“I realize people are gonna see the final score and think it was easy for us,” said Biggersville head coach Stan Platt. “But they (Bearcats) are a good looking and physical football team that is more than capable of making some noise in the playoffs.”

Butler, visibly exhausted after playing both ways most of the night, spoke to the physicality of the Baldwyn defensive line while also crediting his own ‘D’ for another superb effort.

“Baldwyn was stacking the box on me all night but our offensive line made some adjustments and I was able to find some creases and make some yardage. And our ‘box guys’ (the Lions defensive line and linebackers) took care of business and made plays all over the field.”

And the stats back that up. Biggersville limited the ‘Cats to minus-17 yards rushing with four sacks and eight tackles for loss. Butler added an interception for the Lions while he and his teammates had four near-miss interceptions drop to the ground.

Baldwyn senior quarterback Maddux Richey, a gun-slinger by trait, completed 13 of 29 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown with 71 yards and the score coming on the last series of the game. In fact, the TD strike of 36 yards occurred as time expired.

“We came out and played with good intensity from the start,” said Platt, “even though we made some early mistakes, including a fumble deep in our territory there that resulted in their (Bearcats) first touchdown. (Freshman quarterback) Drew (Rowsey) got off to a shaky start but came back strong, made some really good reads and led us like he has all season.”

Baldwyn came into the game off a pair of forfeit games, one a win the other a loss, and had not played a contest since dropping a 26-14 home decision to Nettleton on September 11. The rust showed throughout the game as several flags were thrown for a variety of penalties including false starts and ineligible receivers downfield.

The Bearcats won the opening toss and elected to defer, allowing the Lions to strike first. Operating from their own 39 following an offsides infraction on the ‘Cats to open the contest Biggersville handed the ball to Butler for a six-yard gain to the 45 before Davis dashed around the right side, found a crease and took it 55 yards untouched for the opening touchdown at the 11:09 mark. The 2-point attempt failed leaving the score 6-0.

After forcing a three-and-out by Baldwyn the Lions set up shop at their own 12-yard line. A botched exchange resulted in a fumble which the Bearcats recovered at the one. Richey scored on the next play and after a missed PAT the game was tied at 6-6.

From there it was all Biggersville.

Using the clock as their friend, the Lions ran the ball over and over into the heart of the ‘Cats defense and, to their credit, the visitors- for the most part- limited the big-play capabilities of the home team.As the first quarter gave way to the second, and the score still knotted at 6-all, Biggersville opened things up a bit when Butler scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns on a two-yard scamper with 4:42 remaining until halftime. Butler then converted the two-point rush attempt to hand his team a 14-6 lead.

Following an empty drive by the Bearcats the Lions scored again just 27 seconds before intermission on a four-yard run by Butler. The two-point attempt came up short leaving the halftime score 20-6.

Baldwyn opened the second half with another three-and-out following two straight incompletions and then bobbled the punt, giving Biggersville possession at the ‘Cats 19. Five plays later Butler ran in from 11 yards to stretch the Lions lead to 26-6.

Baldwyn turned the ball over on downs on the ensuing drive and Biggersville took advantage. Staring from their own 29, the Lions moved 71 yards on five plays and scored when Rowsey found a hole up the middle and bolted 42 yards for the TD. Butler added the two-point run and it was 34-6 with 2:31 remaining in the third.

Biggersville scored their final touchdown when freshman Jathan Hatch ran around the left side for a 13-yard TD.

Richey found Blake McGaughey for a 36-yard scoring strike as time expired.

Biggersville will be on the road next Friday as they travel to face Coldwater while Baldwyn will be at home against Ashland.

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