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Buford juggernaut rolls on, blanks North Hall 56-0
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Buford topped the 50-point mark for the fourth time this season Friday night in a 56-0 win over North Hall.

The top-ranked Wolves (6-0, 3-0 Region 8-AAAA) came out firing on all cylinders, forcing North Hall (0-6, 0-3) to punt on its first possession, then following the defensive stop with a balanced drive down the field. The series was capped by a 6-yard completion from senior quarterback Luke Humphrey to junior tight end Isaac Nauta in the back of the end zone.

“Offensively we executed great,” Buford coach Jess Simpson said, “I was very pleased with how our guys came out.”

The Wolves’ defense proved stout the entire night, holding North Hall’s wishbone attack to 56 yards in the first half. The Trojans only picked up three first downs in the first half, and did not cross midfield. Buford also forced a fumble, stopping any progress from the North Hall offense.

On the other side of the ball, the Wolves proved just as prepared. On their second drive, running back Evyn Cooper took his first carry 50 yards, making the score 14-0.

The Wolves’ third touchdown came on a 7-yard rush from Humphrey, making the score 21-0 before the first quarter ended.

Humphrey picked up another touchdown through the air on the following drive, connecting on a 34-yard pass to wide receiver Brandon Mangram. After receiving great position from a fumble recovery, the Wolves broke off a couple of runs, leading to a 1-yard run from Joshua Thomas and a 28-0 lead.

Buford’s special teams also got involved in the first half. Buford blocked a punt, sending the ball bouncing into the end zone to be recovered by Xavier Gantt, increasing the lead to 35-0 before the half ended.

The Buford defense remained strong in the second half, holding North Hall to 6 yards on the ground.

On the night, the Buford defense held the Trojans to fewer than 2 yards per carry, and gave up only two completions for a total of 25 yards.

The Wolves’ offense added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter courtesy of a 7-yard run by backup quarterback Mic Roof and a touchdown from Christian Turner.

Buford ended the game with 280 yards on the ground, with 12 different players getting carries. The Wolves also poured in 119 yards through the air.

“It’s great for them to get in there and get some play time,” Humphrey said of the team’s younger players. “If someone goes down, we’ll need them later in the season. They need all the experience they can get.”

Buford travels to Monroe Area next Friday. North Hall is home against Madison County.

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