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Buford dispatches Temple with ease

BUFORD -- With all due respect to Temple, Buford's first-round game in the Class AA state playoffs looked much like a regular-season contest as the Wolves never gave their opponent a chance en route to a 49-13 blowout win over the Tigers.

Taking the lead on the second play of the game, on defense, Buford (11-0) raced out to a 28-0 lead and never looked back.

It wasn't so much that Buford piled up a ton of yards on offense or pitched a shutout on defense, but it was another performance by the Wolves that just simply never gave Temple room to breathe.

"We did some things well tonight and I'm happy with the way we did come out and get the lead early," said Buford head coach Jess Simpson of a program that has now won 24 straight games. "We had some opportunities early on to make some plays and we did. We'll need to clean up some things before next week and we'll get busy on Monday. But I am pleased that we got the first one and we'll get ready for the next round."

Buford jumped on Temple 7-0 right out of the gate as C.J. Moore scooped up a Jamaine Hutchinson fumble and scooted eight yards into the end zone just 19 seconds into the contest.

After Temple (6-5) moved down to the Buford 15 on the Tigers' second possession, the Wolves' defense came up with the stop on a fumble recovery by Montgomery Van Gorder.

Buford turned it into points just two minutes later as quarterback Sam Clay found Kurt Freitag on a 5-yard TD pass for a 14-0 lead.

Buford came right back and made it 21-0 with less than a minute left in the opening quarter as Clay got loose on a 53-yard run.

After Clay hit Nathan Staub on a 5-yard TD toss three minutes into the second quarter, Temple finally got on the scoreboard as Miles Simmons hit Deijon Tyler on a 38-yard TD pass to make it 28-6.

But Buford wasn't finished, as the Wolves went on a quick seven-play, 61-yard drive as Joseph Lynn scored from 12 yards out and a 35-6 halftime lead.

Buford closed out the scoring in the second half with a Staub 7-yard run 70 seconds into the third quarter to make it 42-6 and then Donte' Gordon scored from 10 yards out a minute into the fourth quarter.

Temple's final TD of the night came on Tyler's second score of the night on a 4-yard pass from Elijah McFarland with 1:17 to go in the game.

Clay was solid at quarterback for the Wolves, completing 10 of 12 for 142 yards, two TD passes and one rushing TD.