ATLANTA - Top ranked Buford scored on all seven of its first quarter possessions enroute to a 63-0 win over Cross Keys at Adams Stadium.
Buford began its first quarter scoring with a 3-yard run by Jessel Curry only a minute into the game. Quarterback Michael May hit Josh Rudnik for a 56-yard completion to the six-yard line that set up Curry's run.
Cross Keys could not move the football, and after a partially blocked punt, Storm Johnson took a pitch out and raced 21 yards untouched for the Wolves' second touchdown.
Daniel Villafuerte added his second of nine successful extra point kicks and also showed off his strong leg with nine of 10 kickoffs into the Cross Keys endzone for a touchback.
Buford's defense was so dominant that Cross Keys only was able to make two first downs and both were the result of pass completions from the Indians' quarterback Brandon Hamilton to receivers Richard Feacher and Rainey Smith. Cross Keys' longest play of the night was a 56-yard punt return in the second half by Mamaduo Sanon.
Buford coach Jess Simpson was faced with the difficult task of having his team play hard against such inferior competition. He did so with a good, crisp first half from his starters and then, with a 63-0 lead at half, used his reserves exclusively the remainder of the game.
"We have a job to do and we want to play well and get a win and go home without any injuries," Simpson said before the game.
Afterwards, Simpson lauded his seniors for
handling the situation well and said they are shifting their focus to next week's matchup with Class AAA Thomson.
"We played everybody we could tonight and now we are looking forward to the challenge of playing a very good team next week," Simpson said.
The long first quarter continued with more Buford scoring when the Wolves jarred the ball loose from Hamilton and Dallas Lee recovered on the Cross Keys 15 yard line. Jake Vaverka scored on the next play by slanting off right tackle and bulling his way into the end zone.
Buford scored again just a minute later when it held Cross Keys and Cody Getz scored on the first play from scrimmage on a 39-yard run. Getz also scored the fourth touchdown on a 12-yard run on the Wolves' next possession.
The sixth touchdown of the first quarter occurred when Buford's Curry scored again on a 6-yard run and the seventh TD on a 24-yard run by Sterling Bell.
The second quarter was less one-sided as Buford scored only twice with the eighth score a 2-yard run by Trevor Warbington, who normally plays on the offensive line. The final score of the first half, and the game, was a 35-yard interception return by Andrew Swope.