By Morgan Bryce
Turnovers and poor defensive play doomed Beulah Friday night, dropping a 48-18 contest to the visiting Bullock County Hornets.
Dylan Coleman replaced Kaleb Abney at quarterback for Beulah and got the night off to a great start by leading the Bobcats to a touchdown on their first drive of the game, capped off with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Billy Wayne Sykes.
The Bobcats added two more touchdowns in the first quarter, leading 18-7 at the end of the first quarter. Bullock County added another touchdown in the second quarter to trim the Beulah lead to four.
With the ball and momentum to start the second half, Bullock County wasted no time in continuing its streak of unanswered points, outscoring Beulah 34-0 in the game’s final two quarters.
Bullock County’s defense stymied Beulah’s normally potent rushing offense, which produced 91 yards on 42 carries. The Bobcats’ leading rusher was Chris Person, who carried the ball 15 times for 39 yards. Quarterback Dylan Coleman added 26 yards on 16 tough carries and scored a touchdown.
Coleman completed 9-of-18 passes for 107 yards and two TDs to go with two interceptions. His leading receiver was Andruw Coxwell, who hauled in three receptions for 34 yards. Okhari Moore contributed three more receptions for 21 yards and the other receiving TD.
Defensively, Dashawn Jones led the Bobcats with four tackles. Junior linebacker Sherman Smith notched three tackles (one for a loss) and a sack and Coxwell and sophomore linebacker Stanley Washington each added three tackles.
On special teams, Dylan Kilgore maintained a 49.5 yard average on two punts.
With the loss, Beulah falls to 3-3 overall, 1-3 in region play.
The Bobcats travel to Saint James of Montgomery next Friday. The Trojans are 5-1 overall and fresh off a 35-24 loss to Pike Road.
Saint James plays their home games at Carlisle Field, which is located at 6010 Vaughn Road. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Beulah’s next game at Bobcat Stadium will be Oct. 18 against Dadeville.