The first-ever Holy Ground Baptist Academy Middle School football season got off to a resounding start with a 44-0 victory over Ballard Christian Academy on Saturday.

The Stallions (1-0) racked up 207 yards offensively, while the stingy defense not only didn't allow any points, but stopped the Eagles (0-1) for negative 40 yards in Roopville.

Maxim Spruell started the scoring on a 17-yard run, but a missed extra point left it a 6-0 lead. The Stallions got the ball back after the kickoff bounced off a Ballard player and was recovered by Brady Yates. Spruell reeled off a 23-yard run to get down to the one-yard line, where quarterback Jackson Yates took it in for the score and the 12-0 lead.

On third down on the ensuing possession, Yates stripped the ball from the Ballard runner with Braxton Edge recovering the fumble. Needing just nine yards to score, fullback Chris Lee took it in from four yards our and Yates added the conversion to go up 20-0.

Chris Organ recorded two of his three sacks on the ensuing Eagle possession, with the last one stopping them at their own one-yard line. After the Stallion defense got pressure on the Ballard punter, the offense took over at the one-yard line, where Yates scored and Lee got the conversion for the 28-0 advantage.

On the next Holy Ground drive, the Stallions went to the air. Jackson Yates passed for nine yards to Edge and then 22 yards to Trevor Moore before finding Brady Yates for the touchdown. Spruell added the point after to make it 36-0.

The final score of the night came when Jackson Yates went to the air again, finding Edge for a 56-yard touchdown and the point after from Yates made it 44-0.

Organ led the defense with six tackles and three sacks, while Paul Costley added 3.5 tackles and Jackson Yates had three tackles. Brock Wright, Organ, Moore and Edge were the difference-makers for the Stallion defensive line.

Brady Yates was the leading rusher with 53 yards on seven carries and a touchdown, while Brady Spruell added 30 yards on four carries. Jackson Yates was 4-for-4 passing for 89 yards and two scores, while rushing for a pair of touchdowns. The Stallion rushing attack benefited from the offensive line of Organ, Wright, Scottie Cunningham, Edge, Moore, Luke Crow, A.J. McCauley, Logan Lepard and Jonathan Smith.

Holy Ground hits the field again on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to face Harvester in Douglasville before returning home Sept. 28 to take on Lafayette Christian at 11 a.m. The Stallions are led by head coach Brad Yates and assistant coaches Mike Crowe and David Wright.

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