The Holy Ground Baptist Academy football team celebrated Senior Night with a 42-14 victory over Ballard Christian out of Auburn, Alabama, on Friday, improving to 6-0 on the season in the final home game of the campaign.
The Stallions honored senior players Christian Newman, Demontrea Ackey and Montana Randolph, along with senior cheerleader Lillanna Kilgore prior to the game.
The Eagles were led by 6-foot-7 sophomore signal-caller Jordan Saylor, who tested the Stallion defense early and often on Friday night.
Holy Ground was up to the task, though, yielding just one defensive touchdown with two interceptions.
The Stallions jumped out to an early lead on a six-yard Brady Yates touchdown run, as he finished with three rushing touchdowns on the evening to go with a pick-six defensively. Yates finished the game with 142 yards on 19 carries, pushing his all-purpose yardage to 1,194 on the year with 23 touchdowns.
Ballard took a brief lead when Jordan Saylor connected with his brother, Phillip Saylor, on a 19-yard touchdown pass and the two-point conversion was good for the 8-6 advantage for the visitors.
Jackson Yates took the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to the house to put the Stallions up for good, though, as Zeb Denney added the two-point run. Denney rushed for a season-high 69 yards on six carries Friday night.
Brady Yates' pick-six stretched the lead to 20-8 and he added an offensive touchdown from 15 yards out, followed by a two-point pass to Newman for the 28-8 advantage.
Ballard answered with a kickoff return of its own from Phillip Saylor to pull the Eagles within 28-14 in the second quarter, but HG responded with a 12-play, 77-yard scoring drive, capped by a one-yard sneak from Jackson Yates.
Holy Ground tacked on a safety just before half for the 36-14 advantage going into intermission.
Coming out in the second half, Brady Yates closed the scoring with a 34-yard touchdown run, as the HG defense pitched a shutout in the second half.
Brady Yates had a pair of interceptions and eight tackles, while Jonathan Smith recorded six tackles with two sacks and Chris Organ added a sack and four tackles.
“Very proud of the way we played [Friday],” Stallion head coach Jamie Perry said. “We played much better defense and played through some adversity with different guys being out all night. Great overall team victory.”
The Stallions travel to King’s Way Academy (4-2) in Douglasville next week.