Bucs 5-0 after fourth-quarter win over Trinity
By Wayne Parham

Bo Fleming, Briarwood head coach, celebrates the win as time expires.
Tied 41-41 in the fourth quarter and facing a larger AAA school, Briarwood Academy’s passing work this past summer paid off and set the stage for a game-winning 66-yard touchdown pass. With the 48-41 win over the visiting Trinity Christian squad, the Bucs are now 5-0 on the season.
Bucs’ quarterback Zach Stadler connected to Connor Corbitt, his cousin, for the 66-yard touchdown strike to give Briarwood the lead with 6:46 remaining in the game.
“We really looked good Friday night throwing and all that hard work this summer is really paying off for us,” said Briarwood Head Coach Bo Fleming. “That’s the best our offensive line has played all year. Zach’s ability to move around in the pocket and keep his eyes down field is what made a lot happen.”
Ample time remained for Trinity to try to counter the score, but the Bucs’ defense held tough and did not bend. After just three plays, Trinity’s punting team took the field.
After regaining possession, the Bucs had 4:14 they needed to burn off the clock. The running game produced three hard-fought first downs to keep the clock running until Stadler could finally take a knee to close out the game.
The game was a win, but earlier in the night the Bucs were off to a rough start. Trinity returned the opening kick off for a touchdown. Then a fumble on Briarwood’s first possession was picked up by a Trinity player and nearly became a second touchdown. Two plays later the Crusaders were on the board again. Trinity established a 14-0 lead in the opening minute of play.
“It wasn’t the start we wanted for sure,” said Fleming.
“But, if there was ever a group where that kind of stuff doesn’t bother, it’s this group. We’ve been behind in four out of the first five games and it hasn’t phased us,” said the Briarwood coach. “Friday night was just a testament to those guys and how much they believe in what we are doing and how much they believe in each other. When they were down 14-0, they could have folded, but ours guys didn’t. It didn’t even cross their minds.”
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