Briarwood remains undefeated after beating Piedmont
By Wayne Parham

Dawson Jones (No. 24), Zach Stadler (No. 5) and Jesse Cushman work to bring down the Piedmont ball carrier.
The Briarwood Academy Buccaneers rolled to a 39-17 win last Friday at Piedmont Academy in Monticello.
“We had a good night Friday night. The offense looked good and we’ve got to shore up some things on defense, but I think we’ll get it done,” said Briarwood head coach Bo Fleming. “Overall it was a good night for us and a lot of guys got to play.”
After allowing the Wildcats to drive into scoring range for a field goal early, Briarwood soon retaliated. Opening with a pass completion for a first down on their first snap, the Bucs next followed with a big run by Dylan Reese to move the ball into scoring range. On just the third play of the drive, quarterback Zach Stadler connected to Dawson Jones for Briarwood’s first touchdown of the night. Matthew Acuna added the point-after kick.
Momentum stayed with the Bucs, and they got the ball right back after the Wildcats fumbled on the kick off return. Four plays later, Stadler had his second touchdown pass of the night on a 15-yard completion to Jesse Cushman in the end zone. With Acuna’s second kick of the night, the Bucs were up 14-3 with 4:10 remaining in the first quarter.
Briarwood’s defense yielded slightly and gave up two first downs, but a third-down sack by Tommy Wells put Piedmont into a punting situation and soon the Bucs had the ball again. Starting from their own 25-yard line, the Bucs strung together a five-play scoring drive ending with a 2-yard quarterback-keeper for Stadler and another successful conversion by Acuna.
Briarwood’s scoring was not done for the half. Late in the second quarter, on the first play of the Bucs’ possession, Reese broke free and dashed 76 yards to score. Although the conversion kick was right, actually hitting the upright, the Bucs took a solid lead, 27-3 into halftime.
The Bucs’ offense continued to control the game in the second half, and soon Cushman had his second touchdown reception of the game on an 8-yard pass from Stadler.
“Jesse’s our number one guy right now at receiver,” the coach said and gave credit to Cushman for working hard all summer in preparation for the season.
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the Sept. 7, 2017, issue of The McDuffie Progress. To have The McDuffie Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe. Or, follow the link on our home page to subscribe.





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