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Bailey-Davis’ three scores lift Rockets

October 12, 2018

Every time Judson’s Amarea Bailey-Davis touched the ball Thursday night he scored, hauling in three Mike Chandler passes to help lead the undefeated Rockets past New Braunfels 37-11 on homecoming night at Rutledge Stadium.

The Rockets had to overcome a sluggish start, a pile of penalties, and a Unicorns defensive line that consistently pushed around the much bigger Judson offensive line for most of the night.

Up 16-9 at the half, Judson blew open the game with three touchdowns in the third quarter.

Sincere McCormick, who ran for 152 yards on 14 carries, scored from 6 yards out on the fifth play of the second half to build the lead to 23-9 at the 10:50 mark.

On Judson’s next possession, Bailey-Davis beat his man down the sideline and got one foot down in the end zone after catching a 29-yard Chandler pass.

After giving up a safety following a New Braunfels punt to the Rockets 1, Judson went up 37-11 when Bailey-Davis caught a play-action pass out of the slot across the middle and glided into the end zone with 51 seconds left in the quarter.

Judson coach Sean McAuliffe was quick to credit his defense for holding New Braunfels to 176 total yards on the night, including just 31 rushing yards.

“Although it didn’t look like it at times, the defense was out there for 65 plays and only gave up nine points,” McAuliffe said. “They had quite a few hits on the quarterback and pressures, and … while we were struggling a little bit offensively, I thought our defense kept us going.”

On Judson’s first offensive play of the game, McCormick ran around right end for 69 yards to the Unicorns 7-yard line. But the Rockets had to settle for a 37-yard field goal, and New Braunfels tied the score with a 39-yard field goal of its own.

After Bailey-Davis scored his first touchdown on a 67-yard catch-and-run for a 10-3 lead, New Braunfels responded with a 14-play, 85-yard scoring drive. Receiver Myles Miller caught a Trey Johns 10-yard pass for the touchdown, but a missed extra point left the lead at 10-9 Judson.

Late in the first half, Johns tried to scramble away from a six-man rush but was stripped of the ball, and Judson recovered.

Two plays later, Chandler bounced his way into the end zone for a 16-9 halftime lead.

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