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Published on Nov 3, 2011
The Chattahoochee Tech club football team downed Southern Tech (N.C.) 26-12 at Osborne High School on Sunday, improving to 6-2 on the season. The Golden Eagles put the game away in the fourth quarter, getting two touchdowns from running back Michael Bolwaire to break a 12-12 tie.
Bolwaire broke free for a 70-yard touchdown run with 9:52 left in the final period, then burst up the middle for a score from 15 yards out with 1:20 remaining. The 5-foot-10, 215-pound freshman, who began the year on defense, moved to running back full-time after injuries to regulars Paul Walton and Alex Camp.
"He's a load," said head coach Tim Freeman of Bolwaire. "He's a tremendous athlete, the total package."
Chattahoochee Tech held a 12-0 lead heading into halftime. Devin Davis scored first for the Golden Eagles on a 1-yard run three minutes into the second quarter. On Southern Tech's ensuing possession, the Golden Eagles forced a fumble and Rodney Brown covered it at the Wildcats' 22. Chatt Tech capitalized shortly after with a Brandon Whitlock 1-yard touchdown run.
The Golden Eagles forced five turnovers in the game, getting another fumble and three interceptions.
Southern Tech stormed back with two long touchdown passes in the third quarter to tie the game. Quarterback Quinton Perry went deep for scoring throws of 98 and 74 yards. But Perry was pressured repeatedly in the final quarter to stymie the Wildcats offense.
"We got the lead, then we went into a bit of a slump," Freeman said. "We gave up the two big plays, but we were able to regroup and fight back and we came out ahead."
Chattahoochee Tech stopped a two-game losing streak with Sunday's victory. The Golden Eagles lost to the Valdosta State JV squad and then Gray Military Academy, the last two games of a three-game road trip, before returning to Marietta for Homecoming.
Despite the two losses, the Golden Eagles retained the No. 1 ranking in the Week 8 National Club Football Association coaches poll. Chattahoochee Tech is 2-0 against NCFA opponents with wins over Orangeburg-Calhoun Tech — the division's No. 2 squad — and Columbus State.
Chattahoochee Tech will finish out the season with a road game at Georgia Military College on Nov. 5, then a home game against the University of New Orleans club team, the defending NCFA national champion, on Nov. 12.