Bucs make easy work of Flint River, 46-9
By Wayne Parham

Travis Pate pulls a couple Flint River tacklers as he runs up field.
The long road trip to Woodbury was productive for the Briarwood Academy Buccaneers last Friday, and they returned home with a 46-9 win over Flint River Academy. The Bucs are now 6-1 as they prepare to open region play at home this Friday against Monsignor Donovan.
“It was a good night for us. We had a good night offensively, and I felt like defensively we played well too,” said Briarwood head coach Bo Fleming.
Briarwood received the opening kick and immediately picked up a first down from Zach Stadler to Travis Pate. The duo connected two plays later to help power the opening drive.
“We’ve been trying to incorporate him (Pate) a little more into the passing game,” said Fleming.
An option pitch to Dylan Reese from 10 yards out put the Bucs on the board first, and Matthew Acuna added the point-after kick.
The Wildcats took the kickoff and started near midfield and easily picked up two quick first downs. But, a backfield tackle by Briarwood’s John Thomas Hammond backed the Wildcats up to fourth-and-long.
“John Thomas works hard and loves being on the defensive line. He gets after it on Fridays,” Fleming said. “We moved some guys around up front and our front line — John Thomas, Danny Roush and Zachary Hill -- and all those guys really played well on Friday.”
Flint River opted for a 25-yard field goal attempt and cut Briarwood’s lead to 7-3.
The Bucs got the ball back after the kick and lined up on their own 47-yard line. Stadler was sacked on first down, but Reese hauled in a screen and broke free down to the Wildcats’ 26. Another pass completion equated another first down and helped set up a 7-yard touchdown option to Reese. With the kick, the Bucs were up 14-3 with 6:12 remaining in the first quarter.
Flint River’s next possession punched the ball down the field, and the Wildcats appeared to have a touchdown until the flags flew. It was called back for a holding penalty then an illegal procedure call backed them up further. A 42-yard field goal attempt came up short, and the Bucs got the ball back on the 20-yard line. Stadler found Pate open around the Briarwood 40 and the big tight end won the foot race to go the additional 60 yards to score.
“We saw something on film where we had been waiting to run tackle eligible with him and we happened to catch them at the right time and Zach made a good throw and Travis out ran those guys for a long touchdown,” Fleming explained.
With Acuna’s kick, the Bucs stretched their lead to 21-3 as the first quarter nearly wound down and just left time for the ensuing kick off.
Hampered by consecutive holding penalties and a strong Briarwood defensive effort, the Wildcats had to punt the ball away.
Three plays later, Stadler hit Jesse Cushman on a touchdown pass down the sidelines. The extra point missed right, but the Bucs were now up 27-3 with 8:10 remaining until the half.
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the Oct. 5, 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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