McCoy scores four TDs as BBA routs Patriots

MANCHESTER — On Senior Night at Applejack Field, senior Jay McCoy led the Burr and Burton football team with four rushing touchdowns in a 49-6 win over Mount Anthony on Friday night.

McCoy rushed for 122 yards and the four scores, three in the first half as BBA took a 28-6 halftime lead. Two of the touchdowns were from a yard out and the third from 10 yards away.

BBA got the ball to start the game after a failed onside kick by the Patriots and immediately asserted its dominance, taking 11 plays to drive 51 yards for the first touchdown, McCoy from a yard out.

BBA used some trickery on the kickoff, with an onside kick bouncing off a Patriot leg and into the hands of Connor Simonds who recovered to give BBA the ball back.

"We saw it on the film that they moved the kid in the center of the line five yards back," said BBA coach Jason Thomas. "We wanted to try it on the [opening] kickoff, but they won the toss, so we did it after the first score."

Despite a couple of holding penalties, the offense hit paydirt again, McCoy a second time in a row from a yard away, to give BBA a 14-0 lead before MAU even had the ball on offense.

"We had too many penalties, but to be able to keep the ball moving is a testament to the kids making plays. We're not happy moving backward, but they understand they have to chip away and keep moving the chains."

MAU controlled the clock with a long drive, but stalled in the BBA red zone and two incomplete passes from Will Fischer turned the ball back to BBA, who drove down and scored again, McCoy from 10 yards for a 21-0 lead.

"Jay makes up for bad calls that I make," Thomas said. "Having him out there gives us a huge shot in the arm. We have to keep him protected."

MAU got on the board on the next drive, taking advantage of a BBA mistake on special teams, recovering a muffed punt. Two plays later, a 41-yard bomb from Caleb Hay to Cole Bushee and a five-yard touchdown from Shane Wood made it 21-6 after the PAT was partially blocked.

But BBA cruised along, with Jake Baker adding a pair of touchdowns, one in the first half and one in the second. McCoy scored his fourth halfway through the third quarter and BBA finished the scoring with a 25-yard fumble recovery returned by Bryce Little.

"We have no shortages of athletes and we try to find a way to get the ball in their hands as quickly as possible," Thomas said.

Burr and Burton improves to 7-1 with the win and will be the No. 1 seed in Division II when the playoffs begin next week. MAU, despite the loss, is locked into the No. 7 spot as of now and await their playoff opponent.


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