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PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Durden, Smith remembered in Buford's win

Photo: David McGregor  Buford tight end Mikey Bart (44) runs through the tackle attempts of West Hall during Friday's game.

Photo: David McGregor Buford tight end Mikey Bart (44) runs through the tackle attempts of West Hall during Friday's game.

There was plenty to celebrate in Buford on Friday -- mainly, a 61-0 win over West Hall, giving Jess Simpson the 100th win of his coaching career.

However, the joy of the evening's events were tempered by the latest events in what has been a rough nine months in the Buford community.

The school paid tribute to the two individuals involved in the most recent tragedies -- 2009 grad and Air Force Academy senior Devin Durden, who died Thursday from complications from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident Sept. 26, and Adam Smith, a Buford junior who died Sept. 17 after collapsing at a basketball workout three days earlier -- Friday night.

In addition to a pre-game moment of silence, Durden's No. 46 -- the uniform number he wore while playing for the Wolves -- was painted in gold at each 46 yard-line, while the same was done to honor Smith's No. 10 -- his basketball uniform number -- at each 10.

Simpson remembered both Durden, a member of Buford's 2007 and 2008 Class AA state championship teams, and Smith following the game.

"You know, football hasn't been very important the last two weeks," an emotional Simpson said. "Sports get put in perspective real fast when you deal with the tragedies we've dealt with Adam Smith and Devin Durden. I think our community's been aching. I know our teachers and faculty and coaches and students have been. We're just trying to work our way through it. It's going to take some time.

"(Devin) is part of our family. (Buford girls basketball coach) Gene (Durden) and his family moved here right after (Devin's) eighth-grade year. All the Durdens are part of the Buford family. It's just hard to put into words what we're feeling and what we're going though. But Gene and Cherie, if you watch them and the strength they have and the way they're handling this, they've been incredible."

McGee nursing ankle sprain

Brookwood picked up a 45-17 victory over Dacula on Friday night without the services of its most high-profile defender.

Georgia commit Shaun McGee rested an ankle sprain suffered the week before against Parkview, but is expected back for Friday's game at Shiloh.

"I think he should be back next week," Brookwood head coach Mark Crews said.

Price is right

Brookwood defensive back Matthew Price played a major role in his team's win over Dacula with a pair of interceptions.

His first pick was the biggest. Dacula trailed 24-14 and drove to the Broncos' 25-yard line with just under a minute left in the first half. But Price intercepted a first-down pass inside the 5 that allowed Brookwood to take a double-figure lead into halftime.

His second interception early in the third quarter set up a Bronco touchdown.

"(Dacula) could have been within three, that was a huge play," Crews said. "He's played some safety for us, some wide receiver for us. He's a good player."

Heinicke returns home to cheer on Eagles

Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke gave his arm a rest on Friday night.

Two weeks after setting the NCAA Division I single game passing record, the Collins Hill grad was on the sidelines of the Eagles' 41-10 win against Peachtree Ridge.

"We had a bye week, so this is one of the few times I get to come home," Heinicke said. "They just happened to be playing Peachtree Ridge and this is a big game."

Heinicke set the Gwinnett County single-season passing record of 4,218 yards, which is No. 2 all-time in the state, as a senior in 2010.

He's continued his prolific passing at the college level. Heinicke threw for 730 yards in a 64-61 win over New Hampshire on Sept. 22.

"It's unbelievable," Heinicke said of the achievement. "It hasn't sunken in yet."

Old Dominion is moving from Division I-FCS to FBS and will play in Conference USA in 2015. No. 4 ranked ODU (5-0) is not eligible for the conference championship because of the move, but can still play for a national championship.

"I'm just trying to win," Heinicke said. "This is our last your at FCS, so we're trying to win."

-- Sports Editor Will Hammock and staff writers Brandon Brigman and David Friedlander contributed to this report