BUFORD - Although Buford head coach Jess Simpson feels that his team has much room for improvement, his Wolves still posted an impressive 49-7 homecoming win over Avondale on Friday night.
Friday's game was the third meeting all time between the two teams, with Buford winning all three, and boosted the top-ranked Wolves to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in Region 6-AA.
"Everybody on my staff feels that there is still a whole other bar we can reach offensively," Simpson said. "We're not clicking on all cylinders quite yet. There's a lot of positives to take from tonight, we just need to clean up a few penalties here and there."
One positive Simpson talked about was the team's passing game as quarterback Michael May turned in another solid game, hitting on 8 of 12 passes for 120 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.
Simpson can also look at Cody Getz, the multi-tasked player who rushed six times for 40 yards with one TD, caught three passes for 54 yards and returned a punt 48 yards for another TD.
"Cody is a weapon," Simpson said. "He's so talented, it's hard for him not to press. We trust him a lot to make good decisions."
Defensively, Buford was clicking on all cylinders as the Wolves held the Blue Devils (0-5, 0-2) to 113 total yards. The bulk of that came in the fourth quarter when Avondale put together a 77-yard drive for its only score of the night.
Avondale had struggled on defense in its last two games by allowing over 60 points in each of those contests. On Friday, the struggles came on both sides of the ball with the offense getting off to a bad start on the game's first play.
The Blue Devils started the opening possession on their own 20 and a bad snap resulted in Buford's Dallas Lee, who also had a sack, recovering the loose ball on the Avondale 7-yard line.
After a Blue Devil penalty, Getz scampered in from four yards out and Buford led 7-0 just 10 seconds into the game.
Buford picked up two more rushing TDs in the first quarter, one from 10 yards by Storm Johnson and the other by Jessel Curry on a 1-yard plunge.
Johnson led all rushers with 46 yards on 10 carries and the one score while Curry finished with 24 yards and two TDs on four carries.
Curry added another score in the second quarter on a 5-yard run and Getz extended the lead to 35-0 at the half with his punt return, helped by a nice move around the 10-yard line to avoid the kicker.
"That was 10 other people making plays," Getz said. "I heard a bunch of people yelling Go!, Go!, Go! and I thought I was going to get caught. They really sprung that for me."
In the third, May connected with Josh Rudnik on a 10-yard TD pass and sophomore Alex Barton put an exclamation point on the night with a 95-yard kickoff return to answer Avondale's lone score.
"We still have a whole bunch to improve on but we were really up tempo and had a lot of energy tonight," Simpson said. "You don't want to be the best you're going to be all year at this point and there's a whole lot we can improve on."
Buford 49, Avondale 7
Buford: Cody Getz 4 run (Daniel Villafuerte kick) 11:50
Buford: Storm Johnson 10 run (Villafuerte kick) 8:04
Buford: Jessel Curry 1 run (Villafuerte kick) :52
Buford: Curry 5 run (Villafuerte kick) 9:25
Buford: Getz 48 punt return (Villafuerte kick) 4:11
Buford: Josh Rudnik 10 pass from Michael May (Villafuerte kick) 6:27
Avondale: Courtney Brantley 32 pass from Johquil Dawson (Joel Myou kick) 1:28
Buford: Alex Barton 95 kickoff return (Villafuerte kick) 1:12