BOWMAN -- The Bethune-Bowman football team was 7 yards away from scoring in the closing seconds of Friday night's home Region 5-A game against Cross.
However, like most of the events of the night, things didn't go the Mohawks' way. A bad snap led to a fumble recovery and a Trojans' return 41 yards to hold on for a 40-0 road shutout.
Bethune-Bowman dropped to 5-2 overall, 0-2 in region play, while Cross moved to 4-3 overall, 2-1 in region play.
The Mohawks play in Greeleyville at C.E. Murray next Friday in another region tilt.
Tailback Nate Walker, a Wofford commit, led the Cross offense with 231 yards on 17 carries, with three touchdowns and two 2-point conversions. For good measure, he was the one with the scoop of the fumble to secure the shutout.
"They are starting to get healthy over there (on the Cross sideline), and they got out of some of the stuff they've been doing - spreading people out in shotgun (snap) - and decided to line up and give the ball to Nathan Walker and just run right at us," Bethune-Bowman head coach Ken Tucker said. "We forced them to some long drives, but we just couldn't stop them on third down.
"We struggled catching the ball tonight. It seemed like we could pick up a first down, but we couldn't get a second or third one in a row."
Bethune-Bowman quarterback Braxton Wedgeworth's first pass on the first play from scrimmage resulted in an interception at midfield by Chris Moore. After that, very few of his passes were caught by anyone, despite many hitting the hands of his receivers.
Wedgeworth finished 5-for-19 passing for 47 yards and two interceptions. He made many solid tackles on defense and intercepted quarterback Kody Lisbon, but the Mohawks still never found the end zone.
"Looking back at the Scott's Branch game, and even during that game, it just makes you sick, because we played well, but at critical times we didn't," Tucker said. "Same thing tonight, we're third-and-5 and we drop a pass when we are wide open.
"It's just one mistake after another."
Tailback Makiah Simmons ran the ball six times for 21 yards in the first half, but the Mohawks went to the air to try to move the ball after trailing 24-0 at halftime.
"We ended up in so many situations where we got penalties and it backed us up, so we were playing behind the sticks again," Tucker said. "We've got to get better mentally and get better prepared to play during the week."
Walker carried on third down after Cross got the opening interception, going 44 yards for a touchdown, before adding the conversion for an 8-0 lead.
After forcing the home team to punt after gaining one first down on its second drive, Cross used a 13-play drive that covered 63 yards and lasted into the second quarter. With 10:49 left in the half, Lisbon called his own number and ran in a score from three yards out. Lisbon added the conversion run for a 16-0 lead.
Just before the half, Walker ran in a 3-yard touchdown with 1:29 left, before Kendale Gaddis added the conversion run for a 24-0 lead heading into the break.
Mohawks defensive end Byron Felder recovered a Trojans fumble early in the third quarter. But, once Bethune-Bowman punted, Walker needed just one hand-off to go 76 yards for a touchdown on first down. His conversion run made it 32-0 with 7:31 left in the third quarter.
With 5:19 left to play in the third quarter, Gaddis jumped a route and picked off a pass from Wedgeworth, returning it 48 yards for the final touchdown of the game. Christian Johnson added the conversion run for the 40-0 score.