Buford 21, Cartersville 10

The Buford defense took a couple of early shots from Cartersville in their Class AAA semifinal but dominated the rest of the way as the visiting Wolves rallied from a 10-0 first-half deficit to beat the Purple Hurricanes 21-10 in the Class AAA semifinals on Friday.

The victory puts Buford (11-3) in the state championship game for the 11th time in 13 seasons. The Wolves will play for the ninth state title in school history at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Georgia Dome. Cartersville, which was the only remaining undefeated team in Class AAA, finished the season 13-1.

The Wolves held Cartersville to 24 yards of total offense in the second half, intercepted three passes and recorded four sacks. Two of the interceptions set up touchdowns that turned the early deficit into a 14-10 lead.

Buford trailed 10-0 with less than three minutes to play in the first half when Korie Rogers turned the momentum of the game with an interception that gave the Wolves the ball at the Cartersville 16. Dontravious Wilson scored five plays later on a 2-yard run to cut the lead to 10-7.

An interception by Thomas Wilson late in the third quarter set up Buford’s next touchdown, giving the Wolves the ball at the Cartersville 40. Joshua Thomas scored on a 3-yard run seven plays later to give Buford the lead for good at 14-10 with 11:05 to play in the game.

Buford put the game away on its next drive on a 14-yard pass from Montgomery VanGorder to freshman Isaac Nauta with 5:30 to play. Both of the Wolves’ fourth-quarter touchdowns came on fourth-and-1 plays.

Cartersville took the game’s opening possession and drove 85 yards in 12 plays to the Buford 3, where Preston Slemp kicked a 20-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 7:39 to play in the first quarter. The Purple Hurricanes made it 10-0 midway through the second quarter when Brooks Barden threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Mark Quattlebaum.

Buford was hurt by penalties, particularly in the first half, finishing the game with 11 for 110 yards. Two of the flags likely cost them 14 points. A holding call in the third quarter nullified a 38-yard double-reverse touchdown from VanGorder to Zavior Hoxie, and an ineligible man downfield call brought back to the 40 a pass that would have given Buford a first-and-goal inside the 5 in the second quarter. Buford did not score on either drive.

Buford, which finished with a 317-194 advantage in total offense, was led by Dontravious Wilson’s 84 yards rushing on 20 carries.

Buford – 0-7-0-14 – 21

Cartersville – 3-7-0-0– 10

C – Preston Slemp 20 field goal

C – Mark Quattlebaum 15 pass from Brooks Barden (Slemp kick)

B – Dontravious Wilson 2 run (Matthew Bonadies kick)

B – Joshua Thomas 3 run (Bonadies kick)

B – Isaac Nauta 14 pass from Montgomery VanGorder (Bonadies kick)

23 comments Add your comment

WolvesArePeaking

December 8th, 2012
12:28 am

Will they ever take Buford name down in the Dome….. Home away from Home! Here we come

wolfbait67

December 8th, 2012
12:35 am

not in this decade….defense wins championships and the Wolves have a really strong D…..but St. Pius is loaded also, should be a good one….

kidsballcoach

December 8th, 2012
1:07 am

Tonight SPX D held a team averaging 42 pts per game to 6. We DO D!

C-ville

December 8th, 2012
8:11 am

Buford showed zero class. Especially the big lineman, he took multiple cheap shots. If he is the one going Georgia, I’m not a fan. Don’t get me wrong, they were the better team, but as thuggish of a team I’ve seen in years.

Big Enos Burdette

December 8th, 2012
9:27 am

What’s the deal with the GHSA letting a 10-year old do the play-by-play on their video stream. What a joke. Oh, and in the first half the camera would only show the field between the 25 yard lines. Is it just me or was it the worst?

Jon

December 8th, 2012
11:32 am

C-ville, you don’t have to be a fan anymore. Your team is out.

Love of the game

December 8th, 2012
11:39 am

No one has ever accused Buford of having class. Chances are…no one ever will.

C-ville

December 8th, 2012
11:39 am

I would rather be out with dignity, you probably liked Miami U in the 80’s too. Go St. Pius!

Love of the game

December 8th, 2012
11:39 am

To Buford – success without honor…satisfies the hunger but it tastes like crap.

Jon

December 8th, 2012
11:57 am

C-ville: Go Dawgs. LOTG: …not sure what that means, but if by success you mean a truck load of state championships then yes, Buford has had success. What YOU think is honorable doesn’t mean a hill of beans.

Hamlton

December 8th, 2012
12:56 pm

The GHSA announcer is AWESOME! Yeah, that sounds like the voice of a kid, but he knows how to call a game. I am guessing he is a high school kid – on the GHSA web site? Well, duh. I look forward to hearing him again.

POOMAN

December 8th, 2012
2:29 pm

I guess when your chopped block all night by two C-ville players you get tired of it and when you make a BIG play at the right time during the game and you do a little celebrating its classless now. BUFORD played a great game and shut C-ville down the second half. I mean shut them down. BUFORD was the better team and to think BUFORD is really, really young also. I was going to say something nice about C-ville, but I jsut can’t with the negative jealous comment made by a C-ville fan on here. So all I can say is good luck next season, we got to worry about St. Pius X now….

BullDawg Rick

December 8th, 2012
3:22 pm

Hey Love cry baby –

If ya wanna run with the big dawgs quit your crying… I take it you have never been on the big stage of a championship.. Buford lives there.. Refs too..

Your O-line left a lot to be desired.. Not knowing how to block cleanly.. Dot totally shut out the second half…. That’s where the game is won.. You’d not know too much about that though..

Go back in your momma’s basement & cry away

Big Enos Burdette

December 8th, 2012
6:42 pm

The announcer is probably a nice kid, but it took away from the broadcast. It was bush league. You must be a relative.

Rizzo

December 8th, 2012
10:23 pm

Agree with Big Enos. I thought the kid did a good job for his age, but he clearly took away from the broadcast. The camera was just frustrating. They missed almost all of the good plays.

Sorry to hear about Cville’s take on the Buford players. The kid is not known to be a dirty player. There were a lot of emotions on both sides with the stakes being so high.

C-ville

December 8th, 2012
10:25 pm

Bulldawg Rick…

I know you can’t talk right now because you are on the night shift. Our two legitimate State Championships totally out class all your tainted Championships. I was just making an observation initially about the game, because I do have a life beyond HS football.

Chan

December 8th, 2012
10:57 pm

Cartersville had some serious home cooking from the refs and Buford still slapped them silly. Get over it.

C-ville

December 8th, 2012
11:12 pm

Get over yourself and your cheating program, Chan!

Hamlton

December 9th, 2012
8:39 am

How did the announcer take away from the broadcast? HE knew his stats inside and out, he understood the game, he didn’t freeze or “uh, um, uh” or “like, ya know”. I thought he was great. I’m not a relative, I’m a fan of high school sports. Teen broadcasters often come with the territory. More power to ‘em.

K-man

December 9th, 2012
12:45 pm

Congratulations Cartersville on a wonderful season! The thing I like best is that you did it honestly! You played with the guys in your own area! Kudos on that! You just happen to run into what every other public school has run into for the last 13 years……. A public school that can recruit as A private one…..people don`t think it makes A difference…..but it does. When you are able to play in 11 out of 13 championships through the years…….what does that tell you? Buford should be in the trophy round at all cost……when you can recruit …….there`s absolutely no reason they should not be there! Buford is the ONLY public school that has an exception to the STANDARD rules other public schools must abide by……so once again I must say….they are supposed to be in the big dance!

oldschoolrt

December 9th, 2012
2:18 pm

Does the word Open Enrollment mean anything to you Fine People of Cartersville or is the Educational System in your city that jacked up, come on people, I’m Just Saying K-man Enough Said Sir Thanks. So become a open enrollment and the rules will apply to you sir, untill then win with what you have and don’t cry about it BIG BOY!!

oldschoolrt

December 9th, 2012
2:34 pm

And for you C-ville sound like you need a crying towel also, amazing you to are very virst in the area who is cheating and who is not. Continue to work with you program sir becuse, If You Build It They Will Come Trust Me. So you can take those sour grape and make some wine with them. Because that statement make you sound a little different sir or from homerville aka DADDYVILLE!!

K-man

December 9th, 2012
10:12 pm

C`mon oldschoolrt……open enrollment is just an excuse to recruit…..not to mention …keep that check coming in from the board of education I know this is the rule that`s in play…but you have to admit that it`s an unfair advantage period! It`s like Buford gets to bring A gun to the rest of the public schools knife fight!