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Buford's offense sets all-time playoff record

ATLANTA - Buford has been a prolific scoring team throughout the season, but the Wolves' performance in the postseason, culminating in their second straight Class AA state championship with Friday's 45-21 win over Calhoun was literally one for the record books.

The offensive outburst in Friday's title game gave Buford 233 points in five playoff games, making the Wolves the highest-scoring team in any one playoff season according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association's Web site.

Buford's total broke the previous recorded best of 214 playoff points scored by Clinch County in the 2002 postseason.

Getz gets 'em

Cody Getz also etched his name into championship game history with his 233 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries Friday.

The senior tailback's yardage was the sixth-highest ever posted by a player in a championship game in any classification according to the GHSA, though he was still short of Herschel Walker's record of 302 yards during his senior year at Johnson County.

Getz's four scores also made him the ninth back in GHSA history to score that many in a title game and the first since Monte Williams of Commerce did it in 2000 - against Buford.

Unmatched this decade

Buford's state championship was its fifth since 2000 - a feat unmatched over the last nine years by any program in Georgia.

The Wolves' five crowns this decade are two more than each of their closest competitors. Parkview, Lowndes, LaGrange and Charlton County each have three state championships since 2000 and are tied for second behind Buford, which has six all-time state crowns.

Buford's current 30-game winning streak is the third-longest in county history, trailing only its own state record of 47 straight wins (from 2001 to 2004) and Parkview's 46 in a row (from 2000 to 2003).

Penalties slow game to a stagger

The state final got ugly at times, particularly in the third quarter as penalties brought a game that took over three hours to play to a slow grind.

Buford and Calhoun combined for 29 penalties and 229 penalty yards, but most of those came in a marathon third quarter. The third saw 13 penalties for 124 yards.

Only three of the 29 penalties came in the fourth quarter, so the first three quarters were loaded with yellow flags.

"It was definitely hard to keep the flow of the game going (with all the penalties)," Buford lineman Dallas Lee said. "But we just had to flush it and focus on the next play. For the most part, we did a good job of that."

One for the thumb

The stability of Buford's coaching staff means a fifth state championship ring is coming for many of the coaches. One for the thumb apparently, since the Wolves already won four titles from 2001 to 2003 and 2007.

"It's still a lot of fun, don't get me wrong, but (the coaches), we've got rings," said Hunnicutt, Buford's offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. "It's like Christmas with your kids. You want your kids to have more fun on Christmas than you."

Getting defensive

Landon Anderson had another big day to lead the Wolves' defense, recording 11 tackles. Ten of his stops were solo tackles.

Josh Rudnik (eight tackles, seven solos), Jessel Curry (eight tackles), Andrew Sachais (six tackles, five solos) and Colt Ours (six tackles) also had strong games. Jake Vaverka added five stops.

Ja'Kar Bridges and Jeffrey Gazaway each intercepted a pass.

May Day

It was a thrilling day for Buford quarterback Michael May and his father, Wolves assistant coach Dicky May. The two hugged and celebrated together as they walked off the Georgia Dome field and into the tunnel.

"Just being with (my dad) every day and going home with him to talk about it was great," said the younger May, who completed 4 of 8 passes for 62 yards. "I was just so happy to share it with him. It meant so much and made it that much more special."

Etc.

Multiple high school games in the Georgia Dome typically bring out the college coaches, and Friday was no different. Among the coaches on the field was Alabama head coach Nick Saban. ... Buford has played in the state finals seven of the past nine years. ... The Wolves are an amazing 125-6 since 2000, including 36-4 in the playoffs. ... Jess Simpson has a sterling 54-2 record as Buford's head coach. ... The post-game Buford locker room erupted in song with "Ole, Ole, Ole" as a tribute to former soccer player Daniel Villafuerte, a senior kicker who finished off a perfect postseason by going 6-for-6 on PATs and 1-for-1 on field goals.