MONROE — George Walton Academy junior Sara Bryan made school history Friday night, becoming the first GWA player to score a point for the Bulldogs football program.
Bryan, who was an all-region selection at midfielder on the GWA soccer team this spring, came out for football this fall.
She got her first extra point attempt Friday night with 9:20 remaining in the second quarter as the Bulldogs played host to Stratford Academy.
After a 2-yard touchdown run by Caleb Fortunat, Bryan’s PAT was true.
That cut Stratford’s lead to 28-7, but the Eagles continued to pour it en route to a 47-7 victory.
After an hour’s delay following lightning strikes in the vicinity of Don Williams Stadium, George Walton got possession but gained just 4 yards.
On its first play from scrimmage after a punt, Shaun Wilmore dashed 42 yards for a touchdown. Nathan Haskell kicked it to 7-0.
Keondre Glover recovered a GWA fumble, giving Stratford a short field. After a 15-yard run by Glover, Nate Slappey took in the touchdown from 3 yards out and a 14-0 lead.
Shaun Wilmore picked off a pass and returned it to the GWA 31-yard line about midway through the quarter, setting up Glover’s 8-yard touchdown run. Stratford led 21-0 after a quarter. The Eagles added to it in on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Keondre Glover from Lawson Cole just 10 seconds into the second quarter.
A face mask penalty tacked on to Fortunat’s kickoff return set up 28- and 2-yard runs by Fortunat, the second giving GWA its touchdown.
But Stratford added an 8-yard touchdown run by Slappey and 15-yarder by Glover before halftime.
The teams played with a running clock in the second half. Stratford struck just once, on a 1-yard touchdown run by John Wade, and led 47-7 going into the fourth. That’s where it ended.
Stratford put two players in triple-digits for rushing. Wilmore ended at 109 yards while Slappey had 103.
Glover pitched in 57.
GWA (0-2) will be off next week and look for its first victory Sept. 10 at Crawford County in Roberta.
Stratford (1-0) will be back home in Macon next week to welcome Westfield, a 51-21 winner Friday night over Trinity Christian.