Buccaneers fall to John Milledge, ready for Flint River
By Wayne Parham

Tommy Wells outruns defenders on his way to scoring the first offensive touchdown scored against John Milledge Academy by any opponent this year. The Zach Stadler to Wells 47-yard touchdown pass was one of two touchdowns the Bucs scored last Friday in a 49-13 loss.
The Briarwood Academy Buccaneers fought hard, but came up short 49-13 at John Milledge Academy last Friday. Briarwood’s record is now 5-1.
“I thought our kids played really hard and laid it all on the line. If a few breaks had gone our way, it might have turned out different,” said Bo Fleming, Briarwood Academy head coach. “Overall, it was a good effort by our kids and it’s encouraging for us going forward.”
The Bucs lined up against the larger Class AAA John Milledge team that was physically larger and had many more players on the roster.
Although the Trojans scored first, on a 62-yard touchdown pass, the Bucs soon also were on the board.
Going into the game, only one opponent this year had scored on the Trojans. None had scored an offensive touchdown —until Briarwood took the field on their second possession.
“The game was a lot closer than the score dictated. In the third quarter it was 28-13 and we had the ball twice and couldn’t ever get over the hump or make the big play we needed,” Fleming said. “I think the year before they didn’t know we were there. I’m 100 percent Friday they knew they played us.”
This Friday the Bucs will travel to Woodbury to face the Flint River Academy Wildcats. Although these are the two schools that battled last year for the GISA AA title, comparing those teams to this year’s teams is not something Fleming is doing.
“We’ve got to get back to playing our football and have fun Friday and not worry about everybody that wants to talk about this is the team we played at state last year. These are two different teams this year,” he said.
Flint River is 1-3 this season and will be coming off a 35-12 win over Windsor Academy last week.
Fleming is confident in this year’s Briarwood team and how it brings a slightly different offensive scheme to the field than in prior years.
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