Player of the game: Senior wide receiver Aaron Fudge returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown and also had a touchdown reception to propel Bishop Kenny to a non-district victory at Atlantic Coast.
Turning point: After the Stingrays tied the game at 7-7, Bishop Kenny’s Erik Lightner recovered a fumble that set up Fudge on a four-yard TD pass from Tucker Talbott as Bishop Kenny (2-0) grabbed a 14-7 lead with 5:46 left in the game.
On defense: Junior defensive back Demetrius Byrd recorded two first-half interceptions for the Stingrays (0-2). ... Senior lineman Nico Politano blocked a field goal attempt for the Crusaders. ... Mike Munder recorded two sacks and had a fumble recovery for Bishop Kenny. ... Lightner had two sacks along with his fumble recovery.
Fast facts: Atlantic Coast ran 47 offensive plays to Bishop Kenny’s 17 in the first half and controlled the ball for 17:05. ... Jamari Broussard rushed for a game-high 140 yards on 21 rushes for Atlantic Coast. ... Kenny plays at Nease next Friday. Atlantic Coast will host Orange Park.
They said it: “We need to find a way to sustain drives and get our defense a break,” said Bishop Kenny coach Bobby Raulerson. “The defense had a bend-but-don’t-break game tonight.”
Dennis Bergin For the Times-Union