POWDER SPRINGS — Buford’s 42-game winning streak came to an end Friday night at McEachern.
The Indians took control late in the third quarter with 20 unanswered points before handing the Wolves their first loss since October 2012 with a 37-14 at Walter Cantrell Stadium.
The 23-point loss was Buford’s worse since 1999.
“I believe in all my heart by what we saw out here, we’ll be fine. These guys grew up watching Buford football,” Buford coach Jess Simpson said. “They’re going to grow closer, they’re going to play better and they’re going to grow stronger. What we will look like two months from now compared to what we looked like (Friday), we’ll be totally different.”
The Wolves (2-1) had one of their most impressive drives to start the second half with Martin Mangram barreling in from four yards out to cut the McEachern lead to 17-14.
But it was all McEachern afterward.
The Indians (2-0) answered with a 71-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard plunge by Sam Jackson, who finished the game with 95 yards on 14 carries. In the fourth quarter, the Indians put Buford away with a pair of touchdown passes by quarterback Bailey Hockman, a 30-yarder to C.J. Windham and a 64-yard strike to Tyler Simmons.
Buford opened the game in dramatic fashion when Brandon Marsh hit a wide open Alan Bussoletti for a 66-yard touchdown pass. But McEachern responded on the first play of their offensive series with an 81-yard touchdown pass from Hockman to Tyler Smith.
“I wasn’t this and it wasn’t that,” Simpson said. “We could have done better in every phase, no doubt. They gave up a big play to start the game and then we gave up a big play, which we shouldn’t have done.”
Roof completed seven of 12 passes for 85 yards and two interceptions. Anthony Grant led in rushing with 92 yards on 13 carries.