Buford 36, Carver-Columbus 6

No. 1 Buford withstood four turnovers and beat Carver-Columbus for the fourth time in as many years, this time a 36-6 win over the fourth-ranked Tigers Friday night at Tom Riden Stadium in Buford.

Friday’s win was a rematch of a 2012 Class AAA quarterfinal the Wolves also won on its home field. The defending Class AAA champions (13-0) stuffed the Carver offense early and coasted after building a 22-0 first-quarter lead. A coin flip will determine the site for next week’s semifinal with Callaway.

Facing 4th-and-9 from the 19 on its first offensive drive, Carver punter Raekwon Lowe saw a snap sail over his head for a safety, giving Buford a 2-0 lead. Two field goals from placekicker Matthew Bonadies gave Buford an 8-0 advantage, and after David Curry intercepted Carver quarterback Jawon Pass at the 50, Buford took a 15-0 lead behind a 4-play drive that ended with a 10-yard scramble from quarterback Taylor Mitchell.

On the next play from scrimmage, Carver running back Noah Hickey lost a fumble at the Tigers 19. Buford needed just two plays to go ahead 22-0 when Evin Cooper scored around left end from eight yards away. The Wolves defense held its 13th consecutive opponent out of the end zone in the first quarter this season.

“Last year and the year before we were behind at halftime,” Buford head coach Jess Simpson said. “To get ahead and put a little pressure on them was a big deal.”

The Carver defense forced three Buford turnovers in the second quarter – two fumbles and an interception – and converted the third into when Pass scored on a 1-yard sneak with 2:46 to play before halftime to pull the Tigers within 22-6.

“The running didn’t look glamorous but those 3- and 4- and 5-yard runs helped set up the play action in the end,” Simpson said. “It’s a different kind of game and a different time of year. You’re not going to score every time you get the ball.”

Buford leading rusher Thomas Wilson (12 carries, 78 yards) put the Wolves up 29-6 when he scored from 16 yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter. Mitchell found fullback Tyler Shipman for a 36-yard touchdown pass with 9:07 left to play.

Carver 0 6 0 0 00
Buford  22 0 0 14 00

B – Safety
B -Matthew Bonadies 29 FG
B – Bonadies 39 FG
B – Taylor Mitchell 10 run (Bonadies kick)
B – Evin Cooper 8 run (Bonadies kick)
C – Jawon Pass 1 run (kick failed)
B – Thomas Wilson 16 run (Bonadies kick)
B – Mitchell 36 pass to Tyler Shipman (Bonadies kick)

14 comments Add your comment


November 29th, 2013
11:21 pm

All the CC smack this week…
# 9 was average
# 1 was a beast
Your 3 on the D line was outstanding, going about 900+ lbs between them
I have not seen such poor special teams play from an elite team. Punter averaged maybe 25 yds a punt, couldn’t convert Xtra point, KO’s to the 20 & 35 yard line…

Buford had their way on the corners toting the rock, but had butterfingers that kept you in the game..

Buford’s D is a huge force & kept your QB running all night. No way you shoulda kept 3 to 5 WR’s the entire game & keep # 2 running for his life.. Our D kept us in the game because our O gave you outstanding field position, but you failed to capitalize.

Hope you all had a safe trip back to Columbus & enjoy more Thanksgiving TURKEY…


November 30th, 2013
5:06 am

Congratulations to Buford, the class of Georgia football.


November 30th, 2013
9:21 am

I assume Ron is a Buford fan.

How boring it must be to be Buford. How could that crap be fun to watch, when the rest of the teams in the county are playing in exciting games week after week.


November 30th, 2013
9:24 am

Buford Wolves

You know, that we know, you aren’t that good.

The rest of Gwinnett County



November 30th, 2013
10:21 am

We’ve already seen this script before. A team imports D-1 talent from all over the place and wins state championships over teams that only are able to play with the talent they have that lives in district. Buford victories mean nothing. When will the GHSA do something about this inequity?


November 30th, 2013
11:37 am

When did winning become boring? The import thing is old.


November 30th, 2013
1:01 pm

Old or not, you and I both know that it’s the imports that make Buford as good as they are.


November 30th, 2013
1:17 pm

Jon, Andy, Port…

You must be on the LOSER side!!!


PS report your findings to the GHSA…. & quit whinning like a baby that can’t find his momma’s tit!


November 30th, 2013
1:36 pm

Must be a sad state of life to insult people you don’t know over high school kids playing ball. I assume you are reasonably intelligent. If so, then you know as well as I that the reason Buford wins multiple football championships, seven straight softball championships, etc, etc,is not because Buford knows a magic formula or that God likes them better, but is instead because of your ability to attract talent from outside your district. You have AAAAAA+ talent but play schools from AAA. Your wins really mean nothing. Anyone can win with your advantages. Not whining here, just calling a duck a duck. You guys start at third base. The rest of the state wishes at least you would admit it instead of thinking you hit a triple to get there.

On Point

November 30th, 2013
1:48 pm

Andy, find me a person or a community that would not take full advantage of the talents or opportunities afforded them…the City of Buford worked extremely hard over the years to “create” those advantages…they just do not happen. Third base is a pretty attractive place to start…

Those wins may mean nothing to you but they mean an awful lot to the players, to parents, to the fans…and to the coaches of prospective college teams. It ain’t just about the football.


November 30th, 2013
2:10 pm

On Point,
Let me be clear that I have no problem with the city of Buford nor a problem with people sending their kids to the school of their choice. If, however, it is clear that a move is made because of a sports opportunity, I think a team, Buford or not, should have to move up in classification to negate this advantage.

Here’s my biggest issue with this matter: classifications. Thousands of dollars in diesel fuel and hours of classroom instruction are wasted because some schools have to travel dozens of miles to play region contests. This despite the fact that there are many schools much closer that teams could play. Why such long distances? The GHSA has determined implicitly that it would be unfair for a school with let’s say 2000 students to play a school with 1000. Too much of an advantage for the 2000 member school. Too many more kids to choose from. In some cases, the difference are much less drastic. For some schools, if they had as few as 50 more or less students they could play a region schedule much closer to home, saving fuel and saving instruction. Fifty kids. A drop in the hat. This is unfair, but according to the GHSA, it is perfectly fine to maintain AAA numbers, allow multiple D-1 transfers to move-in, stay in AAA ,and dominate competition which hasn’t the slightest chance to realistically enjoy these advantages?

Can’t convince me that it’s OK for Buford(or other city schools for that matter) to stay in their classification when other schools are forced to travel so far in the name of “equity.”


November 30th, 2013
10:07 pm

Andy SUCKS……. We put a lot of our kids into College with football scholarships and they get a good chance to win a state championship…… we’re ranked #1 in the state of Ga out of all classes


December 1st, 2013
9:45 pm

Andy is worried about diesel fuel & classroom instruction???

WOW!! It might really about his child not having the opportunity perform at a high level in the classroom or field of play… For only $2,000. you too could afford your child this opportunity & not have to shell out tens of $1,000’s…


December 2nd, 2013
2:03 pm

WolfDawg, don’t be an idiot. Read my comment again, please. You probably read it too fast while you were itching to get in an argument on a high school blog. I guess I should’ve said, “the import argument is old.” Don’t group me in with the other two.