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Fields leads Baptist Hill to 50-42 win over St. John's

Senior quarterback Corey Fields passed for 463 yards and seven touchdowns while adding a score on the ground to lead the sixth-ranked Baptist Hill Bobcats to a 50-42 win over ninth-ranked St. John’s, snapping a four-game losing streak to the Islanders and taking control of region 4-A.

Fields and the Bobcats need only one more win to seal the region title but more important to Fields was beating their rivals.

“This is special because none of us seniors had never beaten St. John’s, and it’s for the region championship,” Fields said. “We had a lot of confidence coming into the game. We throw the ball, that’s what we do, and we didn’t think they could stop u.”

The Bobcats, now 6-0, went trick play on the first snap of the game with Fields handing off to Jay Burnell then taking the pitch backwards before lofting a pass to a wide open Richard Bailey for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Four minutes later, Fields and Burnell combined on a 79-yard pass and run for a 12-0 lead with less than five minutes elapsed in the game.

The Islanders finally put together some offense late in the quarter with quarterback Kam Smiley combining with Julian Degraffenridt on a 39-yard pass to set up Smiley’s one-yard run, cutting the lead to 18-7.

But, the Bobcats needed only seven plays to cover 75 yards with Fields hitting Rashard Maxwell on a 37-yard touchdown toss, giving Baptist Hill an 18-7 lead after one quarter.

Fields hit Maxwell with a 15-yard touchdown pass and Burnell with a 10-yard toss in the first minute of the second quarter, pushing the Bobcats to a 32-7 lead.

St. John’s, however, closed the first half on a 20-0 run. Degraffenridt picked off a Fields pass and returned it 74 yards to the one-yard line. Jalen Hammond plunged in from a yard out to cut the lead to 32-14.

After forcing a punt, Smiley hit KJ Robinson on a six-yard pass. The pair combined late in the half on a 21-yard pass to cut the halftime advantage to 32-27.

“I’m not sure what happened in the second quarter but we just fell apart, lost our focus,” Baptist Hill coach Marion Brown said. “We settled down. We knew they would make a run but we did a lot to help them. I’m just happy we won. It’s been a while for us.”

Fields and Maxwell connected on a 10-yard pass early in the third for a 38-27 lead but Hammond scored on a four-yard run to make it 38-34 with 7:57 left in the third.

But the Islanders had no answer for Fields, who directed another drive, culminating with a 20-yard pass to Bailey to push the score to 44-34 with 4:45 left in the third quarter. Bailey finished the game with nine catches for 262 yards.

Fields added a 10-yard run with 9:38 left in the fourth quarter, upping the lead to 50-34 but the Islanders would not go away, getting a one-yard run by Hammond and a two-point conversion to make it 50-42 with 4:30 to play in the game.

St. John’s (4-3) had one last chance, taking possession with 1:55 to play but a fumble ended the drive and the game.


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