Bolles got by Raines just three weeks ago in a 24-23 victory. On Friday night, the Bulldogs host Raines in the Class 4A Region final.
This is a rematch of last year’s region final that Raines won handily 34-8 on the road.
In the region semifinal round last week, the Bulldogs shutout East Gadsden and Raines thumped Walton 52-14.
For Bolles, they sit at a perfect 10-0 while averaging a ridiculous 52.1 points per game offensively. The defense has been superb, allowing only 12.1 points per game.
The Vikings are 7-2 on the season, averaging 36.2 points per game while surrendering 15.6 points per game defensively.
Bolles junior athlete Evan McGhee says he knows this game is going to be a true test. Along with senior safety Ahman Ross, McGhee is a key part of this defense. McGhee who lines up at both defensive end and linebacker had 12 tackles and a sack last Friday night against East Gadsden.
“The game we are expecting is like any other Raines game, a hard fought battle,” McGhee said. “The adjustments that will be made is just a matter of being disciplined. Also, not letting the quarterback out of the pocket will be a huge impact in the game.”
This Bolles group is determined to keep their perfect season going and earn another state tournament trip. The Bulldogs appeared in back-to-back state title games in 2013 and 2014.
However, playing against a Raines team led by junior quarterback Ivory Durham won’t be easy. The Vikings starter tossed three touchdown passes, one each to Kamaree Noble, Willie Wright and Keyon Garmon last week.
When it comes to a team motto, McGhee says Corky Rodgers and his coaching staff are preaching discipline by “keeping your mouth shut and playing hard.”
McGhee says he thinks the opening round win over East Gadsden is a big building block for his team.
“Most people think that round one is always a easy win,” he said. “Although we won 40-0, it was still fought very hard. East Gadsen wasn’t a team to take for granted.”
Bolles’ offense is led by senior quarterback Mac Jones (an Alabama commit) and senior running back Amari Terry. Last week, Terry totaled 268 yards and two rushing scores.
This Bulldogs offense is lethal when it gets going and you can bet Jones and Terry will come out fired up after last season’s loss to Raines in the region final.
These four songs are on Bolles’ go-to playlist before games: Meek Mill – Blue Notes, Future – Last Breathe, Zayion McCall – Juju On That Beat and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – Jungle.
This game should be close. Bolles committed 18 penalties for 176 yards and allowed Durham to toss 321 yards and three scores in the last meeting.
For Raines, it has to be all about throwing the ball and testing the Bulldogs secondary. Bolles just needs to win the time of possession and capitalize in the redzone. Expect a chippy a battle.
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