Buford's Dontravious Wilson rushes against Blessed Trinity's Will Slaten Friday at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell. The two teams squared off for the second time this season in the AA Region 6 Championship Game.
Buford's Andre' Johnson rushes for a touchdown against Blessed Trinity's defense Friday at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell. The two teams squared off for the second time this season in the AA Region 6 Championship Game.
Highlights from Buford's 49-7 win over Blessed Trinity on Nov. 4, 2011.
Buford vs. Blessed Trinity highlights
ROSWELL -- The second time around between Buford and Blessed Trinity yielded more of the same as the first meeting between the two teams.
The top-ranked Wolves used a powerful ground game and punishing defense to roll to a 49-10 victory in Friday's Region 6-AA championship game at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School.
As was the case in Buford's 42-0 win on this same field the opening night of the season Aug. 19, it wasn't an entirely ideal outing for the Wolves (10-0), who made a handful of mistakes.
But it was plenty dominating enough to secure their second straight region title and 10th in the last 11 seasons.
"It wasn't perfect," said Buford coach Jess Simpson, whose team will welcome Region 5-AA's No. 4 seed Temple to Tom Riden Stadium in the first round of the state playoffs next week. "What I'm most pleased with is we played a team we completely dominated Aug. 19. As any coach would be, I was scared to death that maybe our kids would overlook (them) and not prepare properly and not be in the right frame of mind. But all those things weren't true. We handled ourselves right ... and we did what we were supposed to do."
Buford also did a little bit of everything Friday night, rolling up 282 yards on the ground, completing 7 of 8 passes for 93 yards and posting touchdowns on defense and special teams.
The Wolves used the slow, methodical approach to jump out to the early lead after stopping Blessed Trinity on three plays on the game's initial possession.
Buford took over at its own 29-yard line and proceeded to march the required 71 yards in 14 plays -- most of it on the ground, with seven different players carrying the ball -- and draining 6:06 off the clock.
Andre Johnson capped the drive by powering in from a yard out to put the Wolves up 7-0 with 3:32 left in the first quarter.
The Wolves then began to pick up the pace as their second possession took just seven plays and 3:36 and covered 54 yards, with Dontravious Wilson sprinting around the left end for a 21-yard touchdown to push the lead to 14-0 just 1:56 into the second quarter.
The defense then got into the act as a fierce Buford pass rush hammered Titans quarterback Spencer McManes to knock the ball loose, allowing Mikey Bart to scoop it up and go 26 yard for the touchdown that extended the Buford lead to 21-0 with 7:05 left in the first half.
A Buford blunder on a muffed punt briefly allowed Blessed Trinity some life, setting up the hosts at the Wolves' 14 with 4:08 left in the half.
And the Titans took advantage when McManes hooked up with John Davis on a fade pattern in the right corner of the end zone for a 10-yard scoring strike, cutting Buford's lead to 21-7 with 3:09 left in the half.
But it took Buford just two snaps and 36 seconds to get those points back.
LeGrant broke two tackles just beyond the line of scrimmage and sprinted down the left sideline for an 85-yard touchdown run with 2:33 left, giving Buford a quick answer and sending the Wolves into intermission with a 28-7 lead.
"I'm not going to lie. I was telling the defense (after the Blessed Trinity score), 'It's going to take us two plays to do what it took (them) seven plays to do," said LeGrant, who finished with 99 yards on just four carries. "It did come at a very important time. It was a devastating touchdown."
And the Wolves continued it blitz just 14 seconds into the second half as C.J. Moore fielded the opening kickoff at his own 5, split a seam and dashed down the sidelines for a 95-yard touchdown to extend their lead to 35-7.
The Buford reserves then piled on more points, with Andrew Sciara (1 yard) and Thomas Wilson (13 yards) adding touchdown runs to make the score 49-7 by the end of the third quarter before Blessed Trinity scored the game's final points on David Plowman's 30-yard field goal with 3:46 remaining.