Lake Gibson's Powell runs all over Chiefs

Back from a broken hand, the running back goes for 205 yards and three touchdowns.

Published November 18, 2006


LAKELAND - Lake Gibson running back Bilal Powell averaged just shy of 10 yards a carry on his way to a 205-yard, three touchdown night as the Braves defeated Chamberlain 41-6.

Powell who broke a bone in his right hand midway through the season and saw limited playing time in three games has bounced back well, gaining more than 1,600 yards in the season, according to coaches.

Powell's resiliency has impressed his coaches all season.

"He's a miracle kid," running back coach Rusty Bulloch said of Powell. "This year, he has changed his whole life. He was in a lot of trouble off of the field, but he has worked hard and improved his grades and is just a phenomenal young man."

Among Powell's three rushing touchdowns was an 83-yard dash during which he broke two tackles in the third quarter.

"We kept the offense real simple," Braves head coach Keith Demyer said. "Give the ball to No. 8 (Powell) to the right, give the ball to No. 8 to the left and mix it up a little bit."

Braves quarterback Brodie Bulloch who was filling in for the second week in a row for injured starter Breshawn Barnes threw two touchdown passes. The first was a 24-yard toss to Anwar Rashid, and the second was a 40- yarder to James Bull. Rashid also had a 20-yard rushing touchdown.

The Chiefs were held to just 139 yards of offense, 64 of on their final drive, which ended with an 8-yard touchdown run on a keeper by backup quarterback Robert Charles as time ran out.

Jarrett Guthrie, Times correspondent

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