ATLANTA - Cody Getz rushed for two touchdowns and Daniel Villafuerte kicked three field goals as No. 1 Buford defeated a spirited Westminster squad 29-7 at Allen E. Thompson Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
With the victory, the Wolves clinched their eighth straight region championship, running their current winning streak to 24 consecutive games. Buford also improved to 98-4 since 2001.
"It is always a special feeling to win the region, especially this year with five really good teams that could all go far in the playoffs if we could send five," Buford head coach Jess Simpson said, "This was a good win against a scrappy and well-coached Westminster team."
Leading 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, Buford (9-0, 6-0 Region 6-AA) recovered a fumbled toss at the Westminster 4-yard line. The Wolves wasted no time, as Getz took the handoff and plowed right up the middle for the touchdown. Villafuerte added the PAT for the 10-0 lead.
Westminster (7-2, 4-2) cut into the lead midway through the second quarter. After forcing a punt by the Wolves, Tom Moak found Stephon Shelton in the right flat for what appeared to be a minimal gain on the first play but it turned into a 68-yard TD.
Getz struck again late in the half with an 8-yard TD run.
Buford benefited from good field position most of the evening, starting only four possessions on its side of the field. Two second-half drives starting at the Westminster 44 and midfield resulted in two Villafuerte field goals, the latter culminating a 13-play, 31-yard drive that took 6:01 off the clock and gave the Wolves a 22-7 lead.
The final drive of the night started at the Wolves' 38, and featured a steady diet of running backs Getz and Storm Johnson. The offensive line dominated another six-minute drive that included three third-down conversions, and ended with Johnson dancing into the end zone from eight yards out for the final tally with 1:59 left in the contest.
"The defense really played well, and other than the one play for the touchdown, played as well as we could ask them," Simpson said.
Getz finished the night with 72 yards on 16 carries, while Johnson added 72 yards on 14 rushes.
Jessel Curry ran eight times for 37 yards while catching two passes for 21 yards.