Wolves Sprint past Cedar Shoals on Homecoming Night
By: Sean Brink
The second-ranked Wolves (5-1, 3-0 Region 8-AAAAA) put on a show for their fans as they faced Cedar Shoals (Athens) on homecoming night Friday at Tom Riden Stadium.
Buford seemed to be intent on running the ball between the tackles, using what seemed to be a noticeable size difference upfront to their advantage.
With star running back, and Michigan-commit Christian Turner missing his 2nd straight game nursing quad injury, the one-two punch of running backs Anthony Grant and Derrion Brown made sure the Wolves’ running game didn’t miss a beat.
Brown seemed to be the workhorse as he led the team in rushing with 10 carries for 97 yards and one touchdown. Grant once again proved himself to be a dominant goal line presence as he bruised his way for 3 touchdowns off just 5 carries. The duo proved to be too much for the Jaguars as the Wolves out rushed their opponent 226-20.
Freshman quarterback Aaron McLaughlin accounted for 3 of the Wolves scores throwing for two and running for another. Mclaughlin was 11-16 for 179 yards and effortlessly spread the ball around completing passes to 6 different receivers. Isaiah Isaac led the receiving core with 4 catches and a TD.
Grant’s 7 yard run 4 minutes in was the only score in the first period. In the second quarter the Wolves dominance was evident as they repeatedly took advantage of both great field position due to a number very short punts by Cedar Shoals, and the dominant play of their smothering defense. The Wolves would add 4 more touchdowns before the half and head to the break with a 35-0 lead.
McLaughlin factored in three of the four Wolves touchdowns in the period, first finding Tyler Gillis for a 24-yard pitch-and-catch, and later finding Isaac for a 10 yard strike. McLaughlin also added a 56 yard scamper fooling the Jaguar defense with a well executed play-fake allowing the freshman to run untouched for a touchdown before the half.
Grant, the power back also recorded a 1-yard TD run. He almost had three TD rushes in the first half, but a 50-yarder was called back due to illegal chop block by a Wolves lineman.
The 2nd half was shortened by a running clock. Grant and Brown each had one rushing touchdown and backup quarterback Will Westmoreland threw a 10 yard TD pass to Clayton Nelson.
The Wolves defense had a noteworthy night not allowing Cedar Shoals to leave their own territory all night.
Final score for Buford’s Homecoming game was a shutout victory of 56-0.
The Wolves will host Walnut Grove for senior night next Friday at Tom Riden Stadium 7 p.m.