Briarwood Academy’s Buccaneers rolled to 584 rushing yards last Friday in their 54-17 defeat of the Trinity Christian Crusaders in Dublin.
The Bucs are now 3-1 headed into homecoming next week.
“Everybody got to get in the game and we had a lot of different guys score touchdowns, a lot of different guys get to touch the football. It was a good night for us,” said Briarwood Academy Head Coach Bo Fleming.
Senior Dax Reese supplied 372 yards on the ground and set a new school single-game rushing record.
“His brother Dakota (Reese) had it first, then Dylan (Reese) broke it, and then Dax broke it so it was pretty crazy,” said Fleming.
Freshman Charlie Mosley opened scoring for the Bucs with a 20-yard touchdown run. Tucker Lord added the point after and the Bucs took an early 7-0 lead after their first drive of the game.
Briarwood’s second drive went awry when a Crusader stripped the ball away from Mosley, giving Trinity field position deep in Briarwood territory.
“Their kid stripped it and took it away from him and started running the other way,” Fleming explained.
Five plays later, Trinity kicked a 32-yard field goal. Briarwood answered with a six-play scoring drive that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown pass from Branson Beggs to Tucker Lord. Early in the second quarter, Reese again found the end zone and the Bucs stretched their lead to 19-3.
Later, fullback Cameron Perkins carried on a 4-yard touchdown run and when Lord added the kick the Bucs went up 26-8 with 6:49 remaining in the first half. But, they were not done yet. Minutes later Reese again scored, this time on a 19-yard touchdown run. Lord’s kick was good for the conversion to build the Bucs’ lead to 33-3.
Trinity’s final possession of the first half ended when Lord picked off a third-down pass and returned the ball to near midfield. Things were looking up for the Bucs and Beggs broke a 35-yard run to move Briarwood into scoring range. But on the following play, Beggs threw an interception and the Trinity defensive back went the distance to score with only 19.5 seconds remaining in the quarter. At the half, the Bucs held a 33-3 lead.
Mosley plunged in for a 1-yard touchdown with 4:39 remaining in the third quarter and with Lord converting the extra point the Bucs led 40-10. Trinity responded with a scoring drive and cut the Briarwood lead slightly, 40-17. Two plays later, Reese broke free on an 80-yard touchdown run. Lord added the conversion. The Bucs led 47-17. Early in the fourth quarter Reese passed to Lord for a 17-yard touchdown. With the point-after kick, the Bucs built their lead to 54-17.
“Running the ball we had a very successful night. The offensive line did what they were supposed to. They had a rough week last week with me trying to get over Brentwood,” said Fleming. “Our backs ran hard, we’ve just got to protect the football. Going forward we’ve got to get our passing game cranked up a little better.”
Reese led the Bucs in rushing with 372 yards, 22 carries, and three touchdowns. Just four games into the season he already has 890 rushing yards this year.
“He’s had a big start and I attribute a lot of that to his off season work. I don’t know a kid that works any harder in the weight room or just in general than him,” Fleming said.
The Briarwood coach said the single-season rushing record is nearly 2,500 yards and is held by Dylan Reese.
Others adding to Briarwood’s big night at Trinity included Mosley, 13 carries for 108 yards; Perkins, 7 carries for 65 yards; and Beggs, 6 carries for 39 yards. Through the air, Beggs was 2 of 6 for 24 yards and Reese was 1 of 1 for 18 yards. On defense, Mason Poss led in tackles with 9 solo, and was followed by Braxton Blakey, 6 total, 3 solo; Wilkes Walker, 5 total; and Reese, 4 solo.
This Friday is homecoming at Briarwood and the Bucs will host Brookwood, a GISA AAA team from Thomasville. Last year Brookwood was knocked out of the AAA state playoffs by Westfield. This year, Brookwood is 0-2.
“They are 0-2, but that 0-2 is deceiving. They may be the best 0-2 team I have ever seen. They played a big public school out of Florida and another private school out of Florida. Their competition has been stiff,” Fleming said. “I expect a very well coached and athletic team. They’re going to split us out and throw it all over the place.”
“Offensively, we’ve got to be able to run the ball against them,” Fleming added.