ROSWELL - On a wet and muddy field, Buford came up rock solid in Roswell.
The Wolves (7-1, 4-1 6-AA) used a stingy defense and a balanced rushing attack to defeat Blessed Trinity (5-3, 2-3 6-AA) 21-0.
"It started up front with pressure," Buford head coach Jess Simpson said. "I thought our secondary really did some good things tonight ... overall we had a great week of practice and it paid off."
After both teams exchanged three-and-out drives to start the game, Buford got down to business with a physical five-play drive that culminated in a 28-yard touchdown run by Seon Jones, who gained 44 yards on eight carries.
Blessed Trinity punted to Buford early in the second quarter and did not get the ball back until the waning moments of the half thanks to a physical drive by the Wolves.
Buford held the ball for the next 9:33 and worked down the field on an 18-play 72-yard drive.
Quarterback Alex Ross converted a crucial third down with his legs to bring the ball inside the Blessed Trinity 10-yard line.
The Wolves then took the ball down to the two-yard line before Ross converted the second fourth down of the drive, scoring on a naked bootleg and giving the Wolves a 14-0 halftime advantage.
"We kept the ball like 10 minutes, converted two fourth downs, that was a big deal going into the half," Simpson said.
The ball control of Buford also helped the Wolves' defense, which held Blessed Trinity to four rushing yards and two first downs in the opening half.
Things did not change much in the second half as Buford kept Blessed Trinity from mounting any serious threat in the second half. Blessed Trinity ran just four second half plays in Buford territory. The Titans gained just 56 yards of total offense,
The Wolves put things on ice early in the fourth quarter when Ross found Kurt Freitag wide open in the middle of the field on a 40-yard touchdown pass to put Buford up by 21. Buford put up 191 rushing yards from a plethora of players on the day, Jessel Curry led the way with 50 rushing yards on eight carries.
The Wolves have rebounded well from an early season loss to Lovett, outscoring their last four opponents 196-7. With the win, Buford has a chance to tie for the region lead as it hosts Westminster next week. The magnitude of the game is not lost on Simpson.
"It's big deal... it is going to be Senior Night next Friday night and our kids are ready to show how much we've improved in these last six weeks," he said.