CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Senior quarterback Levi Jordan usually dominates the storylines when the topic of discussion is Buffalo High's football program.
And why not?
Jordan, a four-year starter who became the school's career leader in passing yards (5,002) and touchdown passes (52) last weekend, does a little of everything for the Bison, be it on offense, defense or special teams.
But with much of the attention on Jordan's offensive exploits, the Bison have quietly put together a solid season on the defensive side.
That defense will need to be good again tonight when Buffalo (3-1) hosts Richwood (2-3) in a battle of Class A teams in the hunt for a postseason berth.
Buffalo, ranked No. 4 in the Daily Mail poll, enters the contest 14th in the latest Secondary School Activities Commission ratings, while Richwood sits at 23rd.
"Our defense has played real well," Buffalo Coach Mike Sawyer said. "Coach (Jimmy) Tribble does a good job with our defense. We've had to mix and match with injuries and move people around, but so far it's worked for us.
"Early on you've got to worry about kids missing assignments and maybe not using the right technique, but as you go further into the year that doesn't happen as often, so then you can do more things defensively.
"There have been times that we've given up some yards, but we've stiffened up in the red zone."
Buffalo enters the game allowing just 10 points per game, having given up 20 points in two games, while shutting out its other two opponents.
"We've got good overall team speed," Sawyer said. "We're more athletic than we are big, so we try to move people around. Our base defense is a 4-2-5, but we use multiple defenses for different situations or a certain team.
"Coach Tribble does a good job adjusting our defense."
The Bison will need that speed to help corral Zach Bennett.