BUFORD - Cody Getz has scored 13 rushing touchdowns this season, but none was bigger than his second one on Friday.
With Buford down and the Wolves facing fourth-and-2 at midfield, Getz raced 51 yards for a touchdown with 37 seconds left in the game. The score gave No. 1 ranked Buford a 14-10 over a tough Blessed Trinity squad.
"That's probably this team's biggest touchdown of the year," Buford head coach Jess Simpson said. "We haven't had to win a game like that in, heck, I don't know when. It was a gut check for our kids."
Buford, the defending Class AA state champion, has won 22 straight games dating back to last season and it was the Wolves' 56th consecutive region win since 2000.
Buford (8-0, 5-0) has been in close games in the first half this year. Last week against Thomson it led 6-0 at half and only led 3-0 against Decatur earlier this year, but usually broke the game open in the third quarter.
That didn't happen Friday.
Blessed Trinity (6-2, 4-2) led 10-7 going into the fourth quarter and nearly put the game away when it was one yard from scoring its second touchdown.
But the Buford defense made its biggest stop of the game, denying quarterback Kohl Hegetschweiler on a QB sneak.
"That was a huge play. We were pretty sure they were going to run that quarterback sneak," Buford defensive lineman Dallas Lee said. "Me, Trevor (Warbington) and Kolton (Houston) closed down and the linebackers came up and got him."
With 1:34 left in the game, quarterback Michael May (13 of 17, 100 yards) orchestrated the rare Buford two-minute offense. The senior completed five straight passes to get the Wolves to midfield. Then Getz worked his magic.
"That was not me. That was a team effort," Getz said. "That was my linemen, that was the fullback, I just ran the ball. That was all them."
Getz finished with 83 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
"That's a great sign of a ball team being able to take the ball with two minutes or something on the clock and go the length of the field and score," Blessed Trinity coach Ricky Turner said. "Our guys played with a lot of heart tonight."
Buford's offense was held to its second-fewest total yards (223) of the season and the fewest points this season.
Buford didn't gain a first down its first three possessions of the game and May threw an interception.
The Wolves got the ball at midfield and with the help of personal foul used a Getz 10-yard run to make it 7-0 in the second quarter.
Blessed Trinity responded with a 12-play, 80-yard drive with Sam Burkhalter scoring on a three-yard run to tie the game before the half.
Burkhalter carried the Titans' offense, rushing for 209 yards, including a 70-yard run to set up a Riley Lyons' 26-yard field in the third quarter.
"We missed a pile of tackles tonight," Simpson said. "A credit to (Burkhalter), he ran hard and we've got to tackle better."
Blessed Trinity's 225 yards on the ground is the most allowed by the Buford defense this season. The Wolves were also hit with 14 penalties for 122 yards.
"Give credit to them. They had a great plan offensively and defensively and their kids fought their hearts out too," Simpson said. "We were just fortunate to be on the winning end tonight."
Buford 14, Blessed Trinity 10
Buford: Cody Getz 10 run (Daniel Villafuerte kick) 8:27
Blessed Trinity: Sam Burkhalter 3 run (Riley Lyons kick) 3:34
Blessed Trinity: Lyons 26 FG, 5:17
Buford: Getz 51 run (Villafuerte kick) :37
Rushing - Blessed Trinity: Sam Burkhalter 31-209; Bruce Johnson 7-11; Kohl Hegetschweiler 6-6; Court Kasten 2-(-1). Buford: Cody Getz 10-83; Storm Johnson 6-19; Jessel Curry 5-27; Michael May 5-(-6).
Passing - Blessed Trinity: Hegetschweiler 11-21-1, 89. Buford: May 13-17-1, 100.
Receiving - Blessed Trinity: Jake Skole 4-26; Brian McGann 3-33; Michael Gray 1-6; Eric Hagemeyer 1-8; Keanan Gomez 1-5; Sean Rouse 1-11. Buford: Jake McCroskey 5-29; Josh Rudnik 3-30; Curry 2-24; Johnson 2-10; Ryan Reed 1-7.