Photo: Craig Cappy Buford's Dillion Lee (22) tackles Jefferson's quarterback David Wright (14) during Friday's Class AA state playoff game in Buford.
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BUFORD -- Buford showed no signs of slowing down in its quest for an unprecedented fifth straight state title as the Wolves rolled to a 31-0 win over Jefferson County on Friday night in the second round of the Class AA state playoffs.
Jefferson County came into the matchup on a roll, boasting a seven-game winning streak, including a 49-26 win in the opening round last week against Putman County.
But the momentum from all those wins wasn't enough to even dent the scoreboard on Friday as the Buford defense came up strong, holding the Warriors to just 85 total yards.
"I'd say tonight was a great win," Simpson said as Buford ran its winning streak to 25. "Our kids played their tails off. When it got heated, our kids bowed their backs and competed. I was real proud of that because Jefferson County didn't back down and kept coming at us."
The Buford defense did an exceptional job of containing running back Dontavious Kitchens, who came into the contest with over 1,300 yards rushing.
Kitchens was continually bottled up, gaining just 34 yards on 13 carries, with five of those going for losses.
"(Linebackers) Dillon Lee and Korie Rogers were a big part of that," Simpson said. "They both played great."
Buford running backs fared much better as the Wolves (12-0) rolled up 312 yards on the ground.
Fullback Nathan Staub led the attack with 134 yards on six carries, including a 90-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to break the game open at 24-0.
"It was awesome," Staub said of his TD run. "But the best thing to me was the holes opened up by our offensive line. They were really great tonight."
Adding to the running attack for Buford (12-0) was Dontravious Wilson, who carried the ball seven times for 85 yards. Two of his carries went for TDs, getting scores on runs of 35 and 15 yards.
The Wolves got off to a bit of a slow start with just seven points in the first quarter. That TD came on Buford's second possession and was set up at the Warrior 45 after Donte Gordon recovered a David Wright fumble.
Buford needed six plays to cover the 45 yards, ending it with a 7-yard TD run from Andre Johnson. Johnson finished with 46 yards and one score on seven rushes.
The offense came alive for Buford in the second quarter as the Wolves extended their lead with 10 points. Wilson capped off a five-play, 66-yard drive with a 35-yard TD run, while kicker David Petroni later tacked on three points with a 31-yard field goal.
Buford took possession of the ball in the second half and picked up two more TDs, getting one on the big run by Staub, while Wilson added his second score of the night with a 15-yard run.
Jefferson County also took a hit on offense as starting quarterback Lafayell Williams was ejected after receiving his second personal foul penalty.
Wright, who had already taken several snaps at quarterback in a wildcat role, played the rest of the game at quarterback, but was ineffective as he was 0-for-4 passing with an interception, while finishing with 30 yards rushing.
Buford's next opponent will be a home game in the quarterfinals against Elbert County, which defeated Cook 28-7.
"It's easy for us get tired this time of year but we've got to stay focused," Staub said. "We were talking to our seniors who have played 57 games in their career and how we've got to stay focused on our process. If we do that, we know it will yield positive results."