• Bucs shut out in 20-0 loss to Westminster
By Wayne Parham

Briarwood’s Austin Hardy, No. 52, tugs on a defender’s jersey as Bucs’ running back Bryce Sowell, No. 2, is tackled Friday night against Westminster of Augusta. Photo by Wayne Parham.

Briarwood Academy found the going rough Friday night as they lost 20-0 to Westminster of Augusta.
On paper, the Bucs seemed to do well on the overall numbers. They produced 235 yards of offense to Westminster’s 208. The Bucs also picked up nine first downs, while holding Westminster to just seven.
“I felt like we had a bad night. Sometimes you can have a bad night and overcome it but Westminster is a good enough ball club that they capitalized on our mistakes. They made us work for everything we did get on the ground,” said Briarwood Head Coach John Osborne.
“I thought we ran the ball at times very well. It was just one of those nights where it just seemed we couldn’t really get it going,” he added.
Early in the game Briarwood’s offensive efforts were halted by turnovers.
The Bucs received the opening kickoff, then on the third play of the series a Bryce Sowell fumble gave Westminster the ball. Briarwood’s defense held the Wildcats and forced them to punt.
A very strong kicking game kept Briarwood pinned deep in their own territory all night. Every kick off was a touchback and solid punting and coverage allowed the Bucs no opportunities for returns.

To read more on this story, see the Wed., Sept. 11, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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