BUFFALO, W.Va. - This season, Buffalo quarterback Levi Jordan continues to sling the ball with similar frequency and success as years past, but this time he's doing it with a balanced and emerging cast.
The supporting group of Laythen Good, Garison Erwin, Gabe Garrison, Isaiah Robinson and others has spread the responsibility after replacing graduated players Jarrett Smith and Alex Ferrari.
Smith, a Class A All-State first-team selection, and Ferrari combined for 73 catches and 17 touchdowns in 2011. This year, numbers are more balanced as a new corps of receivers work into starting roles.
"Last year, the kids that are playing now didn't play because they had some guys in front of them, but I knew they could step up and do the job, and they've done that," said Buffalo Coach Mike Sawyer, whose Bison visit Calhoun County (2-5) on Friday.
"We had some good receivers coming back, we knew that, and I was hoping they would step forward to make up for the guys we lost, and they've done that so far."
Junior running back Laythen Good, who also plays the slot receiver position, leads the Bison in catches (14) and receiving yards (390) through six games. Good is also tied for the team-lead in receiving touchdowns (4) with senior Gabe Garrison.
Behind Good, Erwin ranks second on the team in catches with 12 receptions and 227 receiving yards. Garrison has collected eight catches for 202 yards.
Good, as the team's leading receiver and rusher, assumes a fair share of attention from opposing defenses, as he did in Buffalo's 23-21 victory over Wirt County last Friday. Good battled through injury and swarming tacklers to finish with 26 rushing yards on 13 carries.
In such cases, the team's emerging balance pays dividends.
"That's what makes them a good team," Wirt County Coach Jason Hickman said. "We took some things away. We said that (Good's) not going to beat us tonight, but they've got other weapons."
That's where Isaiah Robinson contributed. Outside Buffalo's top-three ranking receivers, Robinson stepped forward to lead the Bison (5-1) with three catches for 64 yards and a touchdown.