Buford 38, Gainesville 14

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Bad news for Class AAA – Defending champion Buford is bigger and better than ever. Just ask defending AAAAA champion Gainesville.

Buford physically dominated the top-ranked Red Elephants in a 38-14 rout on Friday at City Park Stadium.

The Wolves racked up more than 400 yards of offense, 344 coming on the ground. A bevy of talented backs enjoyed gaping holes opened by a mammoth offensive line.

Zavior Hoxie and Joshua Thomas ran for touchdowns, and Cameron Poole caught a touchdown pass from Taylor Mitchell to help Buford build a 24-7 lead at halftime. Thomas Wilson ran for two touchdowns in the second half to put game away, sending Buford to its 12 straight win. Five Buford backs had more than 35 yards rushing, led by Thomas, who finished with 137 yards.

The Wolves’ defense was equally impressive, frustrating Gainesville star quarterback Deshaun Watson with constant pressure up front and solid coverage in the secondary. Watson completed 22 of 38 passes for 195 yards.

Watson hooked up with Jay Gaudlock for a touchdown pass in the second quarter that cut the Buford lead to 17-7 and seemed to get the Red Elephants back in the game. But on Buford’s ensuing possession, Thomas broke off a 77-yard touchdown run to reclaim the momentum.

Gainesville would never get it back.

Buford forced two turnovers, made the Gainesville offense one-dimensional and then took aim at Watson. The Red Elephants had 68 yards rushing.

Shug Frazier, a 300-pound sophomore defensive tackle, was just one several Buford defenders to toss Watson on his back. Evyn Cooper picked off Watson in the first half, and Xavier Gantt recovered a fumble for Buford.

Gainesville averaged 41 points last season, but managed only until late in the fourth quarter, when backup quarterback Mikey Gonzalez threw a touchdown pass to Josh Holderfield with under two minutes to play.

Buford kicker Matthew Bonadies kicked a 47-yard field goal and was true on all five of his extra-point attempts.

The Wolves have won five of six over the Red Elephants.

Buford 10 14 7 7        — 38

Gainesville 0 7 0 7       — 14

B Cameron Poole 11 pass from Taylor Mitchell (Matthew Bonadies kick)

B – Bonadies 47 field goal

B – Zavior Hoxie 2 run (Bonadies kick)

G – Jay Gaudlock 15 pass from Deshaun Watson (Gage Turner kick)

B – Joshua Thomas 77 run (Bonadies kick)

B – Thomas Wilson 3 run (Bonadies kick)

B – Wilson 1 run (Bonadies kick)

G – Josh Holderfield 26 pass from Mikey Gonzalez (Turner kick)

20 comments Add your comment

FarTrain

September 6th, 2013
11:06 pm

What Chip “Saye” now?

itsonlywrite

September 6th, 2013
11:06 pm

congrats to Buford!!! man, their line is massive. Part of the reason we couldn’t stop them all night. Other than that, our offense was out-of-sync the whole night. Lots of dropped balls. Uncharacteristic of our offense. But, it gives us something to build on. GO BIG RED!!!

#ELEPHANTNATION

BcS2010

September 7th, 2013
2:01 am

Like I’ve been saying Tucker is the best team in GA this year

GnG

September 7th, 2013
5:14 am

Hard work, great coaching and execution! :-)

Bwolves

September 7th, 2013
5:50 am

Didn’t the AJC have Gainesville -3?

5AReg6Fan

September 7th, 2013
7:27 am

Has Buford expose the Red Elephants weakness – DEFENSE?

Region 6 now holds the top 3 positions in 5A:
#1 Tucker
#2 Stephenson
#3 ML King

“WE ARE TUCKER” – The Tigers have been RELEASED!!!

REGION 6, the best in GA 2013 5A Football……

itsonlywrite

September 7th, 2013
8:13 am

@5AReg6Fan our defense is young and inexperienced so we’re a lil weak on that end. Crazy thing is, I dont think we will see another Offensive(nor defensive) line like that for the rest of the season. Its like Buford reloaded with a whole new core of recruits(jokingly) or something. lol

We shouldn’t drop in ranking though b/c I really think that Buford team is one of the best in the state. They’re no joke. lol

5AReg6Fan

September 7th, 2013
10:10 am

@itsonlywrite – There is a lot of football left, which will allow Gainesville’s defense to grow. The key for the Red Elephants is to win the region title, because#2, #3, or #4 spot, will put G-ville head up against the same offense and defense that they experienced in Buford, in round one of the playoffs. I would agree that Buford is and has been, for years, a power in GA HS football, but the lost to a team TWO levels below, will drop the Red Elephants from the #1 ranking. I also, would agree that it shouldn’t drop Gainesville out of the top 10 – We’ll see soon. Good Luck with the rest of the season – Region 6 awaits the Red Elephants.

“WE ARE TUCKER” – The Tigers have been RELEASED!!!

REGION 6, the best in GA 2013 5A Football……

Bobby Dodd

September 7th, 2013
10:40 am

Somebody asked has G’ville been exposed? Defense? It’s not hard to figure out the way to beat G’ville is to keep #4 on the sidelines by controlling the ball. The ESPN show probably hurt G’ville’s chances as the helmet size for #4 grew a couple sizes. But, yes, the G’ville D is the only hope they’ve got to repeat. If a team controls the ball 9 minutes out of every quarter like Buford seemed to do, then the Red Elephants look like Red Skelton. If coach Miller can find a way for his defense to give the offense the ball enough, then Mr. Watson and Co will have a chance.

Mr. SEC

September 7th, 2013
11:01 am

I don’t see too many teams in Ga that can match up with Buford. They have a massive and powerful offensive line. Their size is just too much to handle.

MC 12

September 7th, 2013
12:01 pm

Wow! Good win for Buford and tough lost for Gainesville. The defense for Gainesville was not good, but unexpectedly the offense was not good either. I will always say a quarterback is only as good as his receivers. Watson is a very good quarterback, but he needed the SPEED, SIZE, ROUTE RUNNING AND CATCHING ability of his receivers from last year. Last years receivers never got the credit they deserved , it was always about Watson and his receivers were never mentioned. dont get me wrong Watson is the real deal, but you saw how valuable last years receivers were to his success. a lot of his yardage came on short passes to his speed guys and deep passes to his big receiver.

itsonlywrite

September 7th, 2013
12:30 pm

@Mr. SEC I wouldnt say that. Colquitt, Camden, Peachtree Ridge, and Parkview have the size to match up with Buford. Unfortunately, they wont play them.

@MC 12 you’re right to a degree. Watson gets the credit, but it’s mainly due to the play of the receivers. This year’s receiving core isn’t that much different from last year. They only lost 3 guys. Most of the guys this year actually played last year too. Its really the same receiving core with 2 or 3 new ppl. They just finally had a bad game where they weren’t making plays. Good thing it happened now though and not in the playoffs.

MC 12

September 7th, 2013
1:08 pm

The big difference in the receiving core is Watson dont have that big receiver to throw to like he had last year. He was a safety valve when who could not find his speed guys.

Just saying

September 7th, 2013
8:09 pm

Hey itsonlywrite… The Buford defense looks different than last year because they worked all year getting bigger and faster. Last year Buford’s defense was very young…they are still young, plenty of 10 and 11 graders, but the year of work has paid off.
5A Reg, please stop with the Tucker talk. Y’all will lose 2 games this year…

Son Of Waco

September 7th, 2013
8:38 pm

I don’t think one team in AAA has the size player for player U OF Buford has…. They might as well just give them the State Title.. How can a normal size AAA school compete with that size. They will just line up and run over teams in AAA.. Sad GHSA…

itsonlywrite

September 7th, 2013
10:06 pm

@MC 12 .. I see what you’re saying. Thing is though, he wasnt the main target in that offense last year. The ball was spread around from game to game. Hayman just happened to shine the most in the Championship game.

@Just Saying … I hear ya. Our defense did the same. Just didn’t get big as Buford I guess… lol

@Son of Waco … yeah man… the only teams I know for certain with that size are all in AAAAAA. Meanwhile, Gainesville is still really a AAA team playing in AAAAA due to the increasing latino student population. So majority of those students aren’t playing football.

Bwolves

September 8th, 2013
8:24 am

Size is over emphasized. Buford has good size but only one 300 pounder Frazier, a Sophmore, that played primarily on defense. The other starters 212, 245, 260, 275 are good sized, but not massive. Booker T Washington from Miami that played Norcross, now those boys were massive, all over 300.

Buford’s tight-ends are good sized too 6′6″ and 6′5″, with Nauta (sophmore) about 245. You’ll be hearing a lot more about them this year. Buford’s size didn’t slow Deshaun Watson down, holding him to 7 points, their speed, scheme, and hits did. Buford’s quality depth is also a big advantage they have other teams don’t have.

Gainesville will be fine. Their offense will carry them until their defense develops.

Snoopy

September 8th, 2013
8:56 am

Still, the haters come out to play…

Buford will play ANYONE… ANYWHERE!!

All you whiners & crybabies, ask your schools AD to call Buford’s Dexter Wood & ask for a game??

The Buford Wolves have been the measuring stick of success in the state of Georgia this Century!

No one is close!

Son Of Waco

September 8th, 2013
9:32 am

Can someone help me out!!! For all the Winning Buford been doing this century in AA. Can someone clue me in on the players who are making big time noise on one of those big time programs they always sending players to the past 3 years….I remember that RB they had like 3 yrs. ago who looked like Micheal Turner in that state championship game what he doing..

MC 12

September 8th, 2013
5:17 pm

@ itsonlywrite… You are right about #81 he seems to shine best in BIG GAMES. He was not the main target but when you get doubled teamed and still amass 850 yards and 15 touchdowns for the year, imagine his numbers if he was the main target. What he did in the championship game just did’nt happen, it happened through out the year. You don’t JUST put up those kind of numbers. They will miss that Big Target in the playoffs, but I think Gainesville will do just fine.