Buford's Dontravious Wilson
BUFORD -- Quite often, analyzing a Buford victory doesn't take much time. And the Wolves also tend to get the job done on the field rather quickly. As Buford has done so many times in their great run to state championships over the years, the Wolves scored early and often on their way to a 34-3 win over Dawson County in Region 7-AAA action at Tom Riden Stadium.
Buford (6-1, 4-0) scored on a punt return, a touchdown run and a TD pass in the first nine minutes as the Wolves once again ran away early from an opponent.
"We want start fast and we did tonight," said Buford head coach Jess Simpson. "We want to win the first five minutes and win the last five minutes of the first half. That's big for our kids to grasp that and know how to start a game. Then we came out in the third quarter and did some great things. That's how we want to play."
Buford didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard as Thomas Wilson returned Dawson County's first punt of the game for a 65-yard TD with 10:51 to go in the first quarter.
After stopping Dawson County again, Buford's offense took the field for the first time and went 74 yards in just six plays as Donte Gordon scored from six yards out midway through the first quarter for a 14-0 lead.
Buford's second possession of the night resulted in a 32-yard TD pass from Montgomery VanGorder to Tre Neal, who made a terrific catch in the end zone as Buford pulled out to a 21-0 advantage with 3:16 left in the opening quarter.
Both teams moved the ball in the second quarter, but could only come with field goals as Buford's Matthew Bonadies connected from 37 and 30 yards while Dawson County's Max Muldoon hit from 34.
Buford found the end zone again with 5:46 to go in the third quarter as Dontravious Wilson barreled in from 11 yards out to make 34-3.
Wilson had gotten the quick five-play, 81-yard drive started with a sensational 56-yard run to put the Wolves in scoring position again.
Wilson finished the game with 148 yards on 17 carries.
That would be all the scoring for the rest of the game as the Buford defense didn't get the shutout, but it held an offense that was averaging over 26 points per game out of the end zone.
"We knew (Dawson County) was an explosive team and we wanted to keep everything underneath," said Simpson. "We just had to do a good job of getting pressure on the quarterback and tackle. We had to be patient and keep playing hard and I think we did by holding them to three points."
Dawson County senior quarterback Tyler Dominy completed 19 of 43 passes for 175 yards and one interception while spreading the ball around to nine different receivers.
But the Buford defense also recorded four sacks and chased Dominy around all night as the Wolves held their fifth opponent in seven games to a field goal or less.
In fact, Dominy only completed three passes over 20 yards after having 25 of his completions reach that mark or higher in the last four games.
Buford also held Dawson County (4-3, 2-2) to just 17 net rushing yards as the Tigers didn't attempt a single running play in the second half after the Wolves had built the 24-point halftime lead.