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Buford 41, Lovett 0

BUFORD - Lovett had a chance to redeem itself from the last time it played Buford - a 50-0 thumping in last year's state championship game.

It didn't happen.

Buford scored on its first seven possessions of the game as it rolled to a 41-0 victory over the Lions in the Region 6-AA opener.

It's the third time in nine games that Buford has beaten Lovett (1-2, 0-1), outscoring the Lions 112-0. Buford (3-0, 1-0) has now won 52 straight region games dating back to 2000.

The running back duo of Cody Getz and Storm Johnson did most of the damage for the Wolves. Getz and Johnson combined for 286 yards rushing as Buford had 323 yards on the ground.

"Cody is a really amazing back. The cut he had on that last touchdown was about as good as any I've seen," Buford coach Jess Simpson said. "Storm is a gifted runner. He's going to be real special."

Getz scored on runs of 5, 2 and 11 yards to give him a county-leading seven touchdowns for the season. He finished with 127 yards rushing on nine carries and added two catches for 14 yards.

Johnson finished with 159 yards rushing on 13 carries. The junior picked up 96 of those yards on a third quarter TD to make the game 41-0 before the end of the third. Buford went to its backups in the fourth quarter with a running clock.

"Our line did a phenomenal job protecting me and opening holes for the backs," Buford quarterback Michael May said.

May began the game with a 70-yard pass to Josh Rudnik to set up a Daniel Villafuerte 25-yard field goal.

May was 9 of 11 for 168 yards and one interception. The senior completed passes to five different receivers led by Rudnik with four catches for 109 yards.

"Up front our guys are so good, those two backs are phenomenal and our receivers can make plays," May said. "So I just try to get the ball to them."

After Villafuerte's field goal, Rudnik picked off Lovett's Jonathan Carkhuff to set up Getz's five-yard TD run. Rudnik also had four tackles.

The Wolves used an eight-play, 78-yard drive on its next possession, highlighted by Johnson's 20-yard TD run.

Villafuerte added a 29-yard field goal before the half to put the Wolves ahead 20-0 at halftime. Villafuerte put seven of his eight kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks.

"Obviously, we would much rather have had touchdowns than field goals, but that's part of the game," Simpson said. "I really liked the way we started the third quarter."

Buford began the second half with a seven-play, 65-yard drive and Getz scored his second TD of the game. The senior scored of Buford's next possession, this time from 11 yard out, to put the Wolves ahead 34-0.

Lovett's only scoring threat was on the following drive. Carkhuff connected with Max Williams for a 49-yard pass to the one-yard line. Buford's Jake McCroskey stripped the ball and Daunte Carr recovered to give Buford the ball at the one after a penalty.

"That was a scare. We had to keep the shutout," Buford defensive end Andrew Sachais said. "McCroskey made a great play stripping the ball."

Two plays later, Johnson went 96 yards for the TD and the mercy rule went into effect.

Jessel Curry led the defense with five tackles and Landon Anderson had four.

"Buford is always going to give great effort and have superior athletes playing at a high level," Lovett coach Mike Muschamp said. "They don't have the big names guys like they did last year, but I think because of that they are all playing well together."