Buford coach Jess Simpson picked up his 100th career victory on Friday night when the No. 4-ranked Wolves dismantled West Hall 61-0.
Dontravius Wilson carried 10 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Wolves (4-1), who also scored on two interception returns.
Buford has yet to allow a point to any outmatched foe in Region 7. Since losing to Gainesville 19-15 in the second week, the Wolves have outscored their opposition 177-0. Perhaps Buford will receive a sterner test next week against White County (4-1), which did not play on Friday.
Simpson took over the program after his mentor, Dexter Wood, resigned to become athletic director after the 2004 season. Since taking over the program, Buford has not lost more than one game in Simpson’s eight seasons, which includes four state championships. The Wolves are 100-6 under Simpson. Oddly, Simpson was 0-10 in his only previous stint as head coach at East Paulding in 1997.
The Wolves were playing with heavy hearts. Devin Durden, a former football player and son of Buford girls basketball coach Gene Durden, died Friday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Thursday. The driver was charged with vehicular homicide.
Here’s what we learned on Friday night:
Peach is rolling: No. 1-ranked Peach County can play name-that-score against most of the opposition in Region 2-AAA. On Friday night the Trojans dismantled Henry County 48-7 for its fifth straight win. Peach will face only token opposition until the showdown against No. 6 Carver on Nov. 2.
Thomson survives at GAC: No. 2-ranked Thomson (6-0) got all it could handle on Friday when it traveled to play Greater Atlanta Christian. The Bulldogs prevailed 36-27, but it wasn’t an easy victory, as they trailed 20-15 at halftime. Thomson got 200 of its 325 rushing yards from Chris Jordan, who went over the 1,000-yard mark. Jordan also scored on a 69-yard fumble recovery for the insurance score with only 30 seconds left.
The Thomson defense came away with three big interceptions. The Bulldogs limited GAC tailback Kyle Scales to only 46 yards rushing.
Thomson closes its season with four league games; Region 3-AAA only has five teams. The big one will likely come on Oct. 26 when the Bulldogs travel to No. 3 Washington County.
Washington County rips Lovett: No. 3 Washington County improved to 6-0 by turning back Lovett 48-35. The Golden Hawks accumulated 456 yards of offense, with quarterback Willie Chandler throwing for 232 yards and three touchdowns, one each to Alston White, Arthur Winborne and Jack McGranahan.
Braswell big for St. Pius: No. 5 St. Pius got 91 yards and three touchdowns from fullback Ryan Braswell in a 34-0 rout of McNair. Pius ran for 242 yards and outgained McNair 312-73. The Golden Lions (5-1) are off next week before closing the season with four contenders in Region 6-AAA. One of the challengers is Woodward Academy, which beat Decatur 33-14 as quarterback Terry Googer ran for three touchdowns and threw a scoring pass to Benji Russell.
North Oconee derails Morgan: North Oconee is definitely back in the championship picture after its 35-7 win over No. 8 Morgan County. The Titans celebrated the return of Kawon Bryant, a sophomore tailback who has missed three games with a high ankle sprain. Bryant ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 64-yard touchdown pass.
Dawson’s Dominy hot again: Dawson County’s Tyler Dominy threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-9 win over Banks County. Bruce Clark had three TD receptions and 135 yards and Chris Sayler had 118 yards in receptions and two scores. Dawson takes next week off before meeting Buford on Oct. 19.