Prep football: Buffalo uses time effectively in blowout win
BUFFALO, W.Va. - Richwood succeeded in its attempt to keep the ball away from Buffalo's high powered offense in high school football action Friday night at Vic Ferrari Field.
The Lumberjacks ran 71 offensive plays compared to just 37 for the Bison.
Keeping the Bison out of the end zone, however, was a much different story.
Buffalo jumped to a 14-0 halftime lead and then scored on three of its first six second half plays to pull away for a 36-8 win.
The win improved the Class A No. 4 Bison to 4-1 on the season, while Richwood dropped to 2-4.
Buffalo scored on its first play of the second half when senior quarterback Levi Jordan connected with junior Laythen Good for a 59 yard catch and run and followed that up four plays later when Good scampered into the end zone on an 18 yard run.
On its next offensive possession, Jordan connected with Jordan Tucker on a 77-yard TD pass on the first play to give the Bison a 36-0 lead with 10:48 to play.
Good finished the evening with 92 rushing yards on 10 carries, while catching three passes for 107 yards and the two third quarter scores.
Jordan finished 6-of-9 passing for 249 yards and three touchdowns.
"I thought we played hard the whole game," said Richwood Coach Jason Rogers. "They just have a lot more weapons than we have to match up with.
"They're a good football team and Levi, in my opinion, is the best quarterback in the state."
Buffalo started the scoring in the first quarter when Jordan found Garison Erwin on a 40 yard TD strike with 5:35 left.
Tucker added to the lead with a seven yard TD run with 2:13 left in the quarter.
"We were ready to play tonight," said Good. "We were focused and we just wanted to come out, start fast and prove that we can win when we need to.
"We worked hard all week. We prepared, we studied and we watched film. Our goal is to shock the state and we can't lose games we're not supposed to. To reach our goals we have to do the things that we need to do."
Defensively the Bison continued their early season trend of bending but not breaking in the red zone.
Speedy Richwood quarterback Zach Bennett racked up 167 yards on 26 rushes, but was kept out of the end zone after entering the contest with four rushing TDs in the Lumberjacks' last two games.
Richwood did crack the goal line with 2:06 to play when freshman Justin Kitzmiller darted 41 yards out on his only rush of the evening.
Kitzmiller's run spoiled Buffalo attempt at a third shutout this season.
"Our goal was to contain him (Bennett) on the outside," said Good. "Once he gets outside, he's gone. We wanted to force him into the middle of the field and into a pile of people.
"Our defense does bend, but we don't break because we just come together once the ball gets inside the 20-yard line."
For the Bison, the win was another step toward their goal of not only advancing to the Class A playoff, but hosting a game after having to travel to the Eastern Panhandle in first round loss last season.
"Everybody's goal is to get the playoffs," said Buffalo Coach Mike Sawyer. "Of course you'd always like to have a home playoff game. Last year we got a tough draw and it was hard on us.
"The last two years we've made it to the first round and came home and we don't want to do that this year. Our goal is to go further in the playoffs, but you've got to get there first. If we get a home game it would be a lot easier to do that than if we have to go travel somewhere.
"We play well here."
BUFFALO 36, RICHWOOD 8
First downs 15 16
Total yards 250 426
Rushes-yards 57-248 28-177
Passing yards 2 249
Comp-Att-Int 1-14-0 6-9-0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1
Punts-Avg. 5-29.6 3-28.0
Penalties-yards 3-25 2-20
Richwood 0 0 0 8 -- 8
Buffalo 14 0 15 7 -- 36
Buffalo - Garison Erwin 40 pass form Levi Jordan (Jordan kick), 5:35
Buffalo - Jordan Tucker 7 run, (Jordan kick), 2:13
Buffalo - Laythen Good 59 pass from Jordan (Jordan run), 7:44
Buffalo - Good 18 run (Jordan kick), 5:37
Buffalo - Tucker 77 pass from Jordan (Jordan kick), 10:48
Richwood - Justin Kitzmiller 41 run (Snyder Griffin pass from Logan Cox), 2:06
Rushing: Richwood - Zach Bennett 26-167, Justin Kitzmiller 1-41, Terry Frasier 6-24, Joshua Kitzmiller 1-2, Brendan Gumm 2-3, Michael Hedger 1-1, Griffin 1-3, Cody Starcher 1-(-1), Cox 2-(minus-25); Buffalo - Good 10-92, Bubba Legg 5-49, Jordan Tucker 4-26, Gabe Garrison 2-0, Caleb Tucker 4-14, Jordan 3-(minus-4).
Passing: Richwood - Bennett 1-11-0, 2; Cox 0-3-0. Buffalo- Jordan 6-9-0, 249.
Receiving: Richwood - Terry Frasier 1-2; Buffalo - Good 3-107, Erwin 2-65, Jordan Tucker 1-77.