Bobcats buoyed by passing game

By Patrick Newell

Sun Sports Editor

BAINBRIDGE – Bainbridge-Guilford run-first offense now has a worthy complement: An effective passing game.

Not since Brendan Baldwin threw for over 1,000 yards in a season nearly 15 years ago has the B-G offense looked to throw the ball with such confidence.

Junior quarterback Corbin Palmer threw three touchdown passes Friday night against Harpursville, and running back Billy Holden had 133 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a 41-20 victory over visiting Harpursville.

“We have a lot of confidence in our passing game, and even when (the other team) stuffs the running game for a little bit, we know we can throw the ball if we need to,” said B-G coach Tim Mattingly. “Palmer is a bright quarterback, and he has the ability to look off his primary receiver and find the secondary guy. It’s something we haven’t had here before.”

Harpursville’s defense was on the stout side early in the game, that is, until Palmer went to work. With the Bobcats already leading 8-0 thanks to a Holden 45-yard interception return, Palmer set up his team’s second TD with a savvy throw befitting someone playing on the next level. Palmer looked off Ryan Porter on the left side, and fired a first-down strike to Corey Burnett for 19 yards to the Harpursville five. Holden scored the first of his two scores on the next play.

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