HOT SPRINGS – Make it eight in a row.
The Bath County Chargers (8-0, 2-0 Pioneer) continued with their unbeaten season on Friday in Hot Springs following a 62-3 blowout victory over the Craig County Rockets (2-5, 0-3 Pioneer) in a Pioneer District contest.
Going into the game the Rockets needed to keep pace with the high-octane Chargers offense.
The tempo of the game would be set within the first few minutes.
On the game’s opening possession, Craig County faced a 4th-and-7 from their own 32-yard line. The Rockets decided to go for it on fourth down and instead of moving the ball forward, ended up losing two yards and turned the ball over on the Bath County 30-yard line.
Less than a minute later, junior standout Wyatt Campbell scored the first of his five total touchdowns, as he put the Chargers on the scoreboard with a 10-yard touchdown run.
Two minutes later following the Chargers second defensive stand in a row, BCHS would go up two scores on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Campbell to Hunter Waldeck.
Within a blink of an eye Bath County was up double digits at 13-0.
Craig County found themselves in a very similar situation that all Bath County’s opponents have been in, down double digits early.
On their next possession on offense in the first quarter the Rockets would put together their best drive of the game as the team put their only points of the game on the scoreboard. Isaac Lucas delivered a 23-yard field goal for CCHS. The field goal had been set up by a 73-yard kick return.
It marked the first time in nearly a month that Bath County allowed a point. The Chargers had gone 10 straight quarters without giving up points.
With a little over five minutes left in the first quarter, Bath County would answer back with two more touchdowns. Luke Turner scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 57-yard run and Bransen Gordon caught a 20-yard pass from Campbell.
The Chargers would score three more times in the second quarter to take a commanding 49-3 lead.
Andrew Turner, Cooper Lowry, and Ethan Bryant all added touchdowns for Bath County.
It’s the first time since 2003 that the Chargers football program has won their first eight games.
Bath County aims for a ninth straight win on Friday in Buena Vista when they head on the road for arguably their toughest test of the season to date against Parry McCluer (5-3, 1-1 Pioneer). The Fighting Blues lost to Altavista 48-6 this past Friday.
Craig County 3 0 0 0 – 3
Bath County 28 21 7 6 – 62
BCHS – W. Campbell 10yd run (2pt attempt failed), 9:54
BCHS – H. Waldeck 7yd pass from W. Campbell (A.Turner kick), 7:29
CCHS – I. Lucas 23yd field goal, 5:18
BCHS – L. Turner 53yd run (2pt attempt successful), 3:29
BCHS – B. Gordon 20yd pass from W. Campbell (A. Turner kick), 1:18
BCHS – A. Turner pass from W. Campbell (A. Turner kick), 8:14
BCHS – W. Campbell 16yd run (A. Turner kick), 3:04
BCHS – L. Turner 37yd run (A. Turner kick), 1:15
BCHS – E. Bryant run (A. Turner kick), 11:15
BCHS – C. Lowry 1yd run (2pt attempt failed), 1:28
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