The Battle Ground Academy Wildcats are off to a hot start in the Jonas Rodriguez era.
The team got a key 34-28 victory against D-II AAA team Father Ryan Friday night, with quarterback and Bucknell commit Nick Semptimphelter continuing his aggressive 2019 campaign.
He had 302 yards in the air and four touchdowns in the victory, cementing BGA as a major threat to return to the D-II AA state title game.
Two of his touchdowns went to one of his favorite targets, Antonio Stevens (headed to Purdue to play cornerback next year). He had 182 of Semptimpheter’s 302 in the air.
That combination will give teams fits all season long, and Semptimphelter’s continued growth into his junior year will only make life easier on Rodriguez as he continues to navigate his first season as the Wildcats’ coach.
Getting wins against teams a class ahead of you is no joke, and that’s why Semptimphelter and Stevens’ big nights earn them our City Cafe Player of the Week honors.
Funny enough, it’s the second time this has happened.
Last year, Semptimphelter threw for 270 yards and five touchdowns, with Stevens catching four of those and 152 of the yards in a playoff win against Silverdale. It earned both our Player of the Week recognition.
Indy QB Ethan Cash threw for 200 yards and a touchdown in the team’s victory over CPA. Teammate Jaxson Campbell hauled in that touchdown and received 95 yards on six receptions.
Fairview running back Logan Nardozzi rushed for three touchdowns, two of which were long runs of 67 and 79 yards. He’s having a big start to his season.
FRA’s Jeffery Vercher had 112 rushing yards, 69 receiving yards and a touchdown in the team’s victory against Davidson Academy.
Page receiver Miles Bonn hauled in 108 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown score in the Patriots’ win against Siegel.
Last week’s City Cafe Player of the Week, Brentwood QB Cade Granzow, tossed three touchdowns for 167 yards in the team’s road win against Cane Ridge. He also rushed for 33.
Top photos by Andy Collignon (Semptimphelter) and Steve Wheeler (Stevens).