Baconton’s Narocis Lewis rushes upfield against Stewart County Thursday night at Centennial Stadium. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)
CAMILLA — So much for homecoming distractions.
Baconton shook off the mythical homecoming superstition Thursday night at Centennial Stadium, scoring four second-quarter touchdowns and pounding Stewart County, 34-6.
Football coaches are always concerned on homecoming nights with what many perceive as potential distractions. But the way Baconton played on defense, there was no need to panic.
The Blazers (1-4) used a brutal ground attack to open up their passing game and left the Knights in the dark, sending the Baconton faithful home happy. Narocis Lewis intercepted two Stewart passes, returning one 55 yards for a touchdown.
Meanwhile, his second interception set up quarterback Tre’ Williams’ 9-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Bunch with 22 seconds left in the first half. After Quinten Smith’s extra point, the Blazers led 28-0.
“We talked all week that the most important thing about homecoming week was at 7:30 on Thursday night,” Baconton coach Johnny Hayes said. “Our job was to play well. I was proud of these guys (Thursday) night.”
Lewis added, “there were no distractions, none at all.”
Lewis had a career night, intercepting two passes and scoring three rushing touchdowns. His 13-yard scamper with 3:31 in the third quarter built an insurmountable 34-0 lead.
“Coach told us that it was far from over,” Lewis said. “In fact, he got mad when we got all excited.”
If there was any doubt about Baconton’s dominance, the Blazers forced Stewart to turn the ball over on downs on the Knights’ opening possession of the second half at Baconton’s 24-yard line.
About the only damper came midway through the final quarter when Stewart County scored on a 99-yard touchdown pass to end the shutout.
“There were a lot of good things that happened (Thursday) night for that scoreboard to be in our favor,” Hayes said.
Williams got Baconton on the scoreboard when he saw Alan Marcus slip behind two defenders. Williams lobbed a pass down the sidelines to Marcus, who turned the reception into a 55-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead.
Lewis also added a 1-yard scoring plunge on fourth-and-goal with 1:59 left in the first half to make it 21-0.