The Briarwood Academy Buccaneers opened their season last Thursday with a 39-6 win over Central Fellowship Christian Academy.
The game was played at John Hancock Academy during the annual Kickoff Classic.
“Thursday night was a very good night for us both offensively and defensively,” said Bo Fleming, Briarwood head coach. “Both sides of the ball played well. We got a lot of kids in, which is always a plus and we got our first victory.”
The Bucs offense got on the board quickly, and often, in the first half.
Lucas Frietas, the Briarwood running back who transfered from Nathanael Greene Academy, broke a long touchdown run on the Bucs’ first snap.
“I told somebody on the sidelines as long as I have been coaching I can’t remember a season start like that, the first play a 75-yard touchdown,” Fleming said. “It was a great first play and you couldn’t ask for Lucas to have a better start for him in his career at Briarwood.”
Briarwood held a 13-0 lead at the end of the opening quarter then stretched that to 20-0 by the half.
Briarwood found success on the ground and through the air. Frietas and quarterback Dax Reese had two touchdowns each. Reese rushed for 89 yards and Frietas for 149. Senior fullback Evan Moore had one carry for four yards.
“Adding Lucas to our team has added a dimension to add more threats and so the option has really become more of a staple to our offense. Evan Moore at fullback and Lucas and Dax give us three threats back there that people have to prepare for,” explained Fleming.
Through the air, the Bucs accumulated 66 yards and two touchdowns.
“All the credit for that passing game goes to the offensive line,” said Fleming. “They gave Dax plenty of time. I feel like those guys are coming together and we’ve been working hard on pass blocking and it really came together for us.”
Chapman Mohr led in receiving with eight catches and two touchdowns, however, four other Bucs also had receptions.
In the second half, both teams scored six points, with Frietas providing the only Briarwood touchdown run in the half on a short-yardage run to cap a drive.
“We’ve got some stuff we’ve got to work on for Friday but we’re excited about being at home for the first home game Friday,” Fleming said.
Bethlehem Christian travels to Briarwood this Friday night. They lost their opening game, against a region opponent, and will be looking for a win.
“I expect them to come in expecting to win. They beat us last year. They’re bigger than CFCA and probably more physical so we’re going to have to get our guys ready to play,” said Fleming.