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Wolves knock down Warriors, 49-14
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CLEVELAND - In the first ever meeting between Buford and White County, the visiting Wolves (5-0, 3-0 Region 7-AAA) left Cleveland with a 49-14 victory over the hometown Warriors (4-2, 2-1 Region 7-AAA) on Friday night.

The Buford offensive line paved the way in a dominating fashion churning out 360 rushing yards. Running back Dontravious Wilson led the Buford offense with 210 yards rushing on 18 carries.

“I felt the offense played probably the best game of the season,” said Buford Coach Jess Simpson. “The offensive line, backs, tight ends, and receivers all did a great job at the point of attack.”

The Warrior defense simply had no answer for Wilson or the many substitutes that Simpson put in on offense. The end result was that six different Buford offensive players scored and 10 different players registered carries on the night.

White County’s Coach Bill Ballard said, “They kind of overwhelmed with numbers. Their backs were very good. We knew it was going to be tough coming into tonight. I was proud of our kids. They fought the whole night.”

For the first time in four weeks, the Buford defense allowed an opponent to score a touchdown. However, the defense came up with the biggest plays of the game which propelled the Wolves to victory.

After White County quarterback Will Brock scored from 3 yards out to close the gap to 14-7, the Warriors recovered an onside kick. The Warrior offense had momentum and were only 47 yards away from tying the game.

But the Buford defense stood strong, forcing a punt after 3 plays. The offense took control of things from there essentially putting the game out of reach with a Wilson touchdown scamper from 31 yards out. His score extended the lead to 21-7 with only 1:13 left before halftime.

“That was a huge stand. We have a bunch of young guys on defense who came back out there on the field after giving up a score.” Simpson said. “The guys didn’t pout but they just made the adjustments and stopped them.”

Buford’s offense started the game strong with a 11-play drive that included one fourth-down conversion and the touchdown by Donte Gordon came on third down.

The rest of the first half scoring for the Wolves came from Wilson, who gave lots of credit to his offensive line and the blocking by his teammates.

“My line opened up some wide holes and they were physical all night long,” he said.

White County certainly had several positive moments, including several brilliant runs by Brock. His first rushing touchdown came on a third and goal from the 3-yard line. He ran the triple option to perfection, keeping the ball and taking into the end zone right up the middle for the score.

His second score was even more clutch as the Warrior offense faced fourth-and-1 at the Buford 30-yard line. Brock faked the handoff to the fullback, sprinted to his left and picked up some key blocks, then made a final defender miss at the goal line for the second Warrior touchdown of the night.

Brock led the Warriors’ offense with 96 yards rushing and 59 yards passing.

White County has another big region matchup next week as it takes on rival North Hall. Buford will look to stay atop the Region 7AAA standings as it is host to Dawson County.

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