Saturday, October 3, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
AVONDALE ESTATES - "Death Valley," as Avondale Stadium has been called in the past, hardly amounted to that for Buford on Friday night.
Eric Barr raced for three touchdowns to lead the Wolves to a 41-0 shellacking of Avondale in 6-AA football action. Buford improves its record to 4-1, while Avondale falls to 3-2.
"We found a little identity here tonight and showed a lot of poise," Buford head coach Jess Simpson said after the game. "I was proud of our guys, and I think we developed some momentum."
"Our defense played super all night long," he added, "And I have to give a lot of credit to the Avondale team."
Barr's heroics didn't begin until the third quarter. With 1:14 left, he scampered in from two yards out following a drive which started from the Buford 48. David Petroni did the kicking chores for the Wolves, missing only one conversion.
In the fourth period, Barr scored on the very first play as he raced for a 33-yard TD, set up by a 37-yard pass from Alexander Ross to Sherman Page. Scoring ended for the junior running back only a few minutes later when he crossed the goal on a 2-yard scamper.
After a scoreless first quarter, Buford woke up the Avondale homecoming fans as Ross tossed a 9-yard TD pass to Andrew Swope to draw first blood, and it stayed 7-0 at halftime.
The Wolves scored two late fourth-quarter touchdowns, as reserve QB Sam Clay found T.J. Shipes in the end zone for a 24-yard TD catch with only 5:10 to play in the game, and Rick Legrant electrified the crowd with a 48-yard TD scamper with only 35 seconds remaining in the ball game.