BUFORD — Buford makes a statement win on Friday night over Clarke Central who stunned everyone when they beat the Wolves in last year’s Region 8-AAAAA title game.  Buford’s defense shut out the Gladiators in their 47-0 win on Homecoming Night.

Buford started the scoring in the first quarter when quarterback Dylan Wittke with Jake Pope on a 41-yard pass for a touchdown at the 9:51 mark.  The kick went wide. With 0:57 left in the first quarter, Victor Venn cut through Clarke Central’s defensive line for a three-yard touchdown.  Alejandro Mata’s kick missed again.  At the end of the first, Buford was up 12-0.

Venn broke loose again in the second quarter for a 32-yard touchdown and Mata’s kick was good.  In at quarterback, Ashton Daniels completed a four-yard touchdown pass to Wyatt Sullivan with just 15 seconds left in the second quarter.  Buford was up 26-0 going into halftime.

Blair Wallis was crowned the BHS 2020 Homecoming Queen. Photo – Alicia Couch Payne

During halftime, Buford crowned Blair Wallis as their 2020 Homecoming Queen.  Wallis is a three-time state basketball champion and was named All-Region in 2019.

Buford would continue their dominance over Clarke Central after the half scoring three more touchdowns in the second half.  The first would come in the third at the 7:25 mark when Wittke runs the ball in 13 yards for the touchdown.  Senior Gabe Ervin Jr. scored a touchdown at 3:15 in the third when he rushed for six yards to put Buford up 40-0 after the third quarter.  Buford’s final touchdown of the night came at 9:44 in the fourth quarter after CJ Clinkscales ran the ball in for a two-yard touchdown.  Mata successfully completed three kicks in the second half to end the game at 47-0 for Buford.

Buford’s offense had 437 yards gained during 49 plays versus Clarke Central’s 122 yards on 48 plays.  The Wolves’ defense held Clarke Central to just 2.5 yards per play.

Buford did not play a perfect game though racking up 105 penalty yards off of 11 penalties.  Clarke Central had just four penalties for 25 yards.  Both teams had an interception.

Wittke led the Buford quarterbacks in the passing game completing 4-of-7 attempts for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Clinkscales led the Wolves in rushing yards totaling 94 yards on seven carries and one touchdown.  Ervin had the most carries at 10 which he turned into 61 yards and a touchdown.  Venn had the third-most rushing yards with 59 yards on eight carries scoring two touchdowns.

Pope had the most receiving yards for Buford off of one reception for 41 yards and a touchdown that came in the first quarter.

Senior Tommy Beuglas led the defense with two solo tackles against Clarke Central.  A long list of Wolves each had one solo tackle on the night.

Quarter              1     2    3    4     T

Clarke Central   0    0    0    0    0

Buford              12   14   14    7    47

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