Nunnally, Slade

Bartlett Yancey sophomore quarterback Brendan Nunnally hands off to junior running back Michael Slade in the second quarter of BY's contest against KIPP Pride. Both added a pair of rushing touchdowns in the Bucs' victory over the Pride. BY's 5-0 start is it's best in nearly 20 years. 

Bartlett Yancey sophomore wide receiver Davon Lipscomb hauled in a pass from sophomore quarterback Brendan Nunnally in the third quarter of the Bucs’ Friday night contest against KIPP. 

He steam rolled one defender, popped another with a shoulder block and got behind a few blocks en route to a 52-yard score. 

Big plays were norm for the Bucs, especially in the second half, and BY used the momentum to cruise to a convincing 36-6 win over the Pride. 

Lipscomb’s highlight-reel score gave and junior running back Michael Slade’s ensuing 2-point conversion, gave BY (5-0) a 28-6 cushion with 9:49 left to play in the third. 

Roughly 11 minutes later, Slade broke off a big play of his own. With the Bucs on their own 17-yard line, Slade took a Nunnally hand off and broke left down the sideline for an 83-yard score that gave BY a 36-6 lead and effectively ended the ball game. The junior’s run came on the Bucs’ first play from scrimmage. 

The big plays weren’t limited to the second half, though. With 10:54 remaining in the opening period, Slade sliced through the Pride’s defense for a 32-yard rushing score that capped a four-play, 57-yard drive. Slade accounted for all 57 yards on the ground. 

KIPP (1-2) found a little momentum on its ensuing drive, marching 20 yards down to midfield. However, the Bucs’ defense got serious and a sack from junior defensive end Miles Jefferson resulted in a 10-yard loss and eventual punt. 

BY’s defense struck again near the end of the first when it forced a Pride fumble and junior lineman Justin Mitil recovered the loose ball, giving the Bucs the ball on the Pride 10-yard. 

Nunnally made short work out of the next drive, punching the ball in from 10 yards out to give the Bucs a 12-0 lead with 18 seconds left in the first. 

BY forced a turnover-on-downs on KIPP’s next possession, giving the Bucs the ball on the Pride 10. Nunnally found the end zone for the second time moments later, rushing in for a 2-yard score. Jefferson caught Nunnally’s pass on the ensuing 2-point conversion, giving BY a 20-0 lead with 9:32 left in the half. 

The Bucs’ defense struck again near the end of the half, recording its second turnover in the opening two quarters when junior cornerback Shahiem Boyd recorded an interception, giving BY a 20-6 lead heading into the break. 

Senior cornerback Malik Brogdon appeared to have provided the Bucs another big play in the fourth quarter when he picked off a pass and went 55 yards down field for an apparent score. However, Brogdon’s touchdown was called back due to an illegal block. 

BY’s defense forced four turnovers on the night, recording a pair of interceptions and fumbles. It was the Bucs’ fifth straight game with two or more forced turnovers. 

The win also shot BY to its best start in nearly two decades. 

Mitil had the lone fumble recovery for the Bucs, while Boyd and Brogdon recorded a pick apiece. 

Slade and Nunnally each had a pair of scores for BY, while Lipscomb added the other.