BELLWOOD - Bellwood-Antis running back Casey Gray wasn't feeling too well prior to the Blue Devils' Inter-County Conference Gold Division game against Everett at Memorial Stadium on Friday.
Following the game, however, Gray was all smiles.
Scoring four touchdowns, rushing for 163 yards and picking up a 41-14 victory tends to do that.
"Our line came out and made the holes for me," Gray said. "I'm feeling great. Being 6-0, things couldn't be any better."
Gray was surely the best player on the field Friday, picking up TD runs of 2, 3, 4 and 65 yards.
"Coming into the game, in fact all week, [Gray] was a little ginger," Bellwood-Antis coach John Hayes said. "But I wish I looked that good when I felt bad. He's pretty good when he gets in open spaces, and he had an extra jet tonight that was nice to watch."
Hayes was referring to Gray's 65-yard touchdown run on the first play of second half, during which several Everett players seemed to be just a step behind Gray but never caught him.
"That was a perfect way to start the second half," Gray said. "I thought for sure they were going to get me, but I kicked it up a notch and was able to get away."
Gray's long run gave Bellwood a 28-0 advantage, which it held into the fourth quarter.
It was in that quarter that Gray finished his night with a 3-yard score to put the Blue Devils up by 34.
Everett scored a pair of late touchdowns on passes by Spencer McInroy. The first was a 5-yarder to Kyle Sheaffer, and the second, with 32 seconds remaining, was a 21-yard strike to Bradley Rhoat. Rhoat also finished as the Warriors' leading rusher with 62 yards on nine carries.
The Warriors matched Bellwood with 15 first downs in the game but were hurt by bad field position and the inability to finish drives.
"I just don't think we were in sync," Everett coach Mark Kirk said. "We had quite a few penalties [five for 59 yards] and those penalties kill drives. We had a fumble, an interception and some of those things are mental errors. We just weren't in sync from the get-go."
It didn't take long for the Warriors to fall behind.
Everett picked up one first down before punting on its first possession, and Bellwood ran five consecutive running plays to cap a 73-yard drive.
On its second possession, the Blue Devils ran six times on a seven-play, 44-yard drive.
"We had a tough time running up the middle, because they have some big kids in the middle," Hayes said. "There's a lot of mass in there, but we were able to get started outside, and our kids made some good plays."
Tyler Campbell and Kyler Lardieri each rushed for Bellwood touchdowns.
Everett dropped to 2-4.
"We're trying to become a better football team, but we just didn't play very well tonight," Kirk said. "The kids said this hurts a lot. Next week is a playoff-type situation for us. We need to get that one next week."
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Everett0 0 0 14 - 14
Bellwood-Antis13 8 7 13 - 41
BA-Gray 2 run (Campbell kick), 8:39.
BA-Campbell 1 run (run failed), 3:30.
BA-Gray 4 run (S. Worthing pass from DeGennaro), 0:23.
BA-Gray 65 run (Campbell kick), 11:48.
BA-Gray 3 run (pass failed), 10:17.
E-Sheaffer 5 pass from McInroy (Rhoat run), 2:29.
BA-Larderi 10 run (Creppage kick), 1:56.
E-Rhoat 21 pass from McInroy (pass failed), 0:32.
RUSHING: Everett-Rhoat 9-62, Jays 8-53, McInroy 11-25, Droz 3-8, Karns 1-13, Mearkle 2-6, Sheaffer 2-3, Ritchey 1-8, TEAM 1-(-13). Bellwood-Antis-Gray 17-163, DeGennaro 6-38, S. Worthing 3-12, Campbell 4-12, T. Snyder 1-9, Stapleton 4-7, Lardieri 2-7, O. Worthing 1-6, TEAM 1-(-1).
PASSING: Everett-McInroy 10-19-1-132. Bellwood-Antis-S. Worthing 4-9-1-63, Burch 1-1-0-40, Gray 1-1-0-29, O. Worthing 1-1-0-8.
RECEIVING: Everett-Rhoat 4-46, Jays 2-30, Ritchey 2-9, Sheaffer 1-5, Donelson 1-42. Bellwood-Antis-Gray 2-17, Larderi 1-40, T. Snyder 1-27, C. Worthing 1-29, Campbell 1-18, Beech 1-8.
INTERCEPTIONS: Everett-Mearkle. Bellwood-Antis-DeGennaro.