Bucs defeat Terrell, advance to third round
By Wayne Parham

Briarwood Academy senior Dylan Reese fights for yardage on his way to a 348-yard rushing night in the Bucs win over Terrell Academy last Friday night.
After a third-round 63-35 win over Terrell Academy last Friday, the 10-1 Briarwood Academy Buccaneers advance in the state GISA Class AA playoffs and will host Memorial Day this Friday.
“We won the line of scrimmage, both sides of the ball. Defensively we played really well up front and made their life hard running the ball and forcing them to do what they didn’t want to do, throwing it,” said Briarwood Academy Head Coach Bo Fleming. “Offensively, we won the line of scrimmage because Dylan Reese had a huge night.”
The home win over Terrell was a big night for the Briarwood offense, which produced 408 yards rushing and 144 yards passing. Dylan Reese carried the ball 24 times and ended the night with 348 yards and five touchdowns.
s the third quarter expired, the Bucs’ defense held Terrell on a fourth down attempt and stopped the Eagles on the Briarwood 27.
On the first play of the Briarwood possession, Reese again got loose. This time he covered 64 yards to score. But, Terrell answered quickly and scored on their next possession with a 54-yard touchdown run.
With about eight minutes left in the game, Briarwood still commanded a solid lead, 49-21, but neither teams’ scoring was completed.
Reese added a 21-yard touchdown, Terrell responded with a 63-yard touchdown pass, then Jesse Cushman rounded out the Briarwood scoring on a 51-yard touchdown run on a toss sweep.
Terrell added a final score late in the game to finalize the score at 63-35.
Reese led the Bucs in rushing followed by Cushman with 51 yards and Stadler with nine. Stadler was 10 of 18 in passing with 144 yards and two touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball, Travis Pate led the Bucs in tackles with 10 total -- two solo and eight assists. Other leading tacklers included John Thomas Hammond, eight total, and Stadler, six total. Reese, Braxton Taylor, Ford Walker, Tucker Hohlwein and Gage Taylor each had four total tackles.
This Friday the Bucs will host the Matadors of Memorial Day, 6-3 overall. Fleming’s seniors have faced off against Memorial Day in previous years and twice have ended a playoff run with losses to the Savannah team.
However, the two teams have faced each other already this year, somewhat. The Bucs and Matadors scrimmaged against each other prior to the season’s start.
A Briarwood win Friday would put the Bucs back in the state championship game at Mercer University where they would face the winner of this week’s battle between Brentwood and Robert Toombs Academy.
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