Icons Buford, Washington County finally meet

It’s hard to believe, but two of the most iconic high school football programs in Georgia have never met. That will change on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome when Buford and Washington County play for the Class AAA championship.

The dream matchup – No. 1 Buford (14-0) vs. No. 3 Washington County (13-0) – came about when both teams took care of their business on Friday night. Buford was taken to the limit by No. 5 Callaway before coming away with a 24-14 win, while Washington County ran over upstart Ringgold 37-0.

Now the two teams, which have combined to win 12 state championships and put nine players in the NFL, will get a chance to earn bragging rights. It promises to be a fun week for the online message boards.

Buford has won nine state championships and will be making its seventh straight appearance in the title game. The Wolves  have won 27 straight games on the field (tossing out two forfeits due to a clerical error) and beat St. Pius in the championship game last year.  Washington County has won three state titles, the last one coming in 1997.

Buford trailed 14-7 at halftime against Callaway. It was the first time the Wolves had trailed at the half all year. Things changed after halftime, as Buford allowed Callaway only 32 yards and one first down in the second half.

The Wolves were able to take advantage of their superior offensive line and rush for 352 yards. Joshua Thomas ran 20 times for 222 yards and three touchdowns and Thomas Wilson carried 14 times for 95 yards.

The Buford defense got a big play from lineman Shug Frazier, who intercepted a pass to set up the go-ahead score. Donte Gordon had a big fourth-down stop in the fourth quarter to end Callaway’s final hope.

The Cavaliers (12-2) were athletic and quick as promised. Quarterback Tez Parks ran for a 22-yard touchdown and threw a 45-yard pass that set up Eddie Culpepper’s 1-yard run late in the half. Parks finished with a team-leading 50 yards rushing on 13 carries and completed 2 of 6 passes for 85 yards.

Washington County turned Melvin Hill loose against Ringgold. He rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns scored on a 99-yard punt return. A.J. Gray threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Sanders and Danyale Wicker scored on a 2-yard run. Washington County scored all its points in the first half.

Ringgold (11-3) managed only 95 rushing yards. The Tigers, the only unranked team still in the playoffs, had its chances diminished last week when quarterback Slade Dale sprained his MCL. Dale wore a brace and was visibly limping; he clearly wasn’t the player who had carried Ringgold past the first round of the playoffs for the first time.

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Buford'78

December 7th, 2013
8:25 am

Proud of my Wolves. Gotta get ready for a dynamic WACO team. Mean Green to the Dome.

Mid. Ga fan

December 7th, 2013
8:27 am

Match up of speed versus power. Should be a great game.

ron

December 7th, 2013
8:32 am

Bring it on Waco, this is for the marbles. You’re in the “big leagues” now,the bright lights, no more dim lit stadiums.You’ll be playing on adrenaline,second quarter you won’t know what hit you.
Dynamic???

Mid. Ga fan

December 7th, 2013
8:59 am

@ron you don’t think this is WACO’s first trip to the dome do you?

GreenNGold

December 7th, 2013
9:38 am

@Mid. Ga Fan – which team do you think is power and which team do you think is speed?

Mid. Ga fan

December 7th, 2013
9:42 am

@greenNGold I think WACO has a speed advantage and Buford is the much bigger and more powerful team. Buford has speed as well but I don’t think they have as much as WACO top to bottom.

Daddy Ray

December 7th, 2013
9:46 am

Wolves, always remember “THE CREAM ALWAYS COMES TO THE TOP” go getum WOLVES!!!

ron

December 7th, 2013
9:54 am

“Mid.Ga fan” no it’s not Waco’s first trip to the dome, but it’s this teams first trip.

BBallcoach

December 7th, 2013
11:20 am

should be a great game in the Dome. WACO has the best offense that Buford has faced all year and that includes G’ville. Buford has the Best D WACO has seen. be fun to see who wins

Patrick

December 7th, 2013
11:54 am

The WACO-Buford game will be a more interesting and exciting game than any of them this year. The rest, especially the “Gwinnett Bowl”(6A) will be boring and difficult to watch. Attendance will definitely be down, except maybe for the WACO-Buford game.

Son Of Waco

December 7th, 2013
12:03 pm

About 3 years after changing our offense to match the players we have always had and the many years of playing zone defense, to now be a lock down man on man defense is the biggest reasons why we are back on top.. I bet after the game our coach will try and get Buford on our schedule because we love to play the best teams in the state.. Especially with this weak region we will be in for the next 2 years..

For some reason Ringgold thought they could play that borderline dirty/physical brand of football and get a reaction from WACO players, but too bad for them we are a respectable and well discipline team.. Who lets the play on the field do the talking, while their players have mental breakdowns (I notice you #71) and it was just the 2nd qt..

Pulling for WACO

December 7th, 2013
12:28 pm

Here are the playoff averages: Buford:40-7, WACO: 49-10 Gonna be a Barnburner!

ron

December 7th, 2013
1:45 pm

Since when did Waco start scheduling the best AAA in the state on their schedule,they’ll schedule a AA, & A ranked opponent as well as AAAA Baldwin yearly who hasn’t been competitive in a few seasons.All of the top notch teams are moving to AAAA,Buford, St.Pius, Thompson. What’s left in AAA?-Nothing.

d tony

December 7th, 2013
2:28 pm

@ ron it don’t matter who we play, the thing is we bring the PAIN are you all ready for this? Its going to be the game of the year, but what I have seen it will be over by half time. POP STRONG

AllDayWACO

December 7th, 2013
2:48 pm

Im Waco all day but trust me it wont be tht easy! It will be a good game tho. Cant wait!

hope waco destroyes buford

December 7th, 2013
3:10 pm

must be nice for Buford to recruit all around Atlanta still like to have got beaten by a mighty callaway team. GO WACO pulling for ya

wolfbait67

December 7th, 2013
3:34 pm

two years in AAAA, then with an increase in pop, probable move up to AAAAA…who knows but y’all know where we are if not in Tom Riden Stadium in Buford, we are at our second home, welcome WACO and dont forgot your aspirin for the PAIN U R about to endure….might want to bring a bottle for ur friends also

AllDayWACO

December 7th, 2013
4:15 pm

@wolfbait67 – Yea we will see about tht! Some Buford fans talk about us like we are nobodies but I tell you this they will respect Washington County after this game win or lose because we play hard every single play and we play with integrity and heart. So good to all the players and lets go out there and put and a good show for both fans!

BringThePain478

December 7th, 2013
4:41 pm

The big bad wolves fans blowing hot air. No matter how much you talk about how great you are and how many titles you have, You still have to prove that greatness once more come Friday evening. It will be a great game between two great teams.

ron

December 7th, 2013
5:32 pm

Let “PopStrong” rest in peace and stop trying to profit off the deceased, many of you probably don’t even know who the man is or what he stood for.

Hawk Fan

December 7th, 2013
5:51 pm

@ron if you are a WACO Hawk Fan you KNOW who Pop was and what he stood for!! We are winning this one for Pop!! Show your stuff HAWKS it has been too long!!

AllDayWACO

December 7th, 2013
6:03 pm

@ron – yea u r really goin overboard with your comments. We all know wht POPSTRONG stands for and you’re being very disrespectful by even mentioning that on this blog! Please know what you’re talking about before you speak!

Son Of Waco

December 7th, 2013
6:37 pm

Ron is a weirdo… My question to everyone is, do you talk to a weirdo in public because I don’t, nor do I speak to them in a blog. The dude just says stuff to get a reaction, he has proved week in and week out he knows nothing about football or WACO .. If you ignore him as I do you will bypass most of the dumb debate subjects he brings up..

WACO2000

December 7th, 2013
6:45 pm

@ron havent cosigned on you being a weirdo….but you are after your last post. Let the real Buford fans speak.

Looking forward to a great game in the Dome between Buford and Waco plus POP minus ron.

Mid. Ga fan

December 7th, 2013
6:56 pm

@ron how is them remembering and honoring a beloved coach trying to profit off the deceased? Some of you take being a fan a bit far

Son of Waco

December 7th, 2013
9:38 pm

So were suppose to believe Buford got a great D from a win in the 2nd game of the year because after that what great offensive team haved they faced????

Wolf stars

December 7th, 2013
9:50 pm

Buford is just to big and strong up front for WACO.

WolfDawg

December 7th, 2013
10:25 pm

Going into the playoffs, I called this finals.. I thought it’d be the best of AAA & nothing has changed my mind.. I also said Norcross & North would be in the big boys finals..

Hope all has safe travels..

WolfDawg

December 7th, 2013
10:30 pm

BTW… The “Iconic” thinggie is Buford is the future & WACO’s was before any of these current kids strapped on a helmet (16 years ago)..

Washington Co will have to play error free to make this the great game all are predicting.. Come 4th 1/4 WACO will be dragging.. It will actually be warm & near hot in the dome, so better strap it on!!

Bark at the Moon!

Son of Waco

December 7th, 2013
10:37 pm

So is Buford fans admitting that y’all just wear smaller teams down to win most of y’all games?? If so how would that work against bigger schools??? Im just curious to know..

dnt

December 7th, 2013
11:34 pm

I an somewhat perplexed by your comments, Ron. Are you simply anti-Waco, and willing to snipe at any little thing regarding the county? After another article, you insulted the intelligence of our players. Now Ron, you are inferring we are profiting from the death of a much-loved coach. You have taken your snide comments on my friends too far on this one. If you are going to comment, talk football rather than insult people or communities. You give the impression of some lonely child who just cuts into other peoples’ conversations although you don’t know what the hell they are talking about!

2ndJester

December 7th, 2013
11:38 pm

Long time WACO fan since the days of Demetro Stephens, Takeo Spikes, Robert Edwards, Jeremy Brett, etc…I grew up in Mid-GA watching Warner Robins, Peach Co, and WACO.

I’ll be cheering for WACO to DOMINATE the North GA All-Stars, AKA University of Buford with a group of home grown kids. I’ve seen WACO’s “O”, but I haven’t seen much of them on “D”….but I do know that WACO has more history and tradition than Buford, more pure talent than Buford, and more heart than Buford–and in High School sports, that makes all the difference.

dge

December 8th, 2013
12:30 am

@ron coming from the family of “POP” we were asked by Coach Ingram if we would mind if the team adopting the Popstrong theme for this season and we got on board immediately… so noone is taking advantage of his passing anyone benefited from it.it was the football program he devoted his life too….

brother of Waco

December 8th, 2013
6:30 am

The crazy thing here is that everyone talks about waco’s offense and totally forget about our defense. We have a great defense also.

AAA Fan

December 8th, 2013
7:27 am

Buford – The only public school in Ga that you have to pay $2200.00 a year to go to.

WACO – Get ready to hear all week how great Buford is and how your kids don’t stand a chance.

Great kids at both schools. Buford’s fan arrogance has soured me against them however. I hope that WACO brings the AAA Title back to Sandersville.

We shall see the Friday.

Wolf stars

December 8th, 2013
7:49 am

WACO will face a defense like they have never seen before. Be lucky to score two touchdowns.

BR549

December 8th, 2013
8:02 am

AAA Fan
December 8th, 2013
7:27 am

Buford – The only public school in Ga that you have to pay $2200.00 a year to go to.

WACO – Get ready to hear all week how great Buford is and how your kids don’t stand a chance.

Great kids at both schools. BUFORD’S FAN ARROGANCE HAS SOURED ME AGAINST THEM HOWEVER. I hope that WACO brings the AAA Title back to Sandersville.

We shall see the Friday.

(So True AAA Fan..Well Said.)
Only if WACO could harness SOW then it would be easier to back them.

Bwolves

December 8th, 2013
8:43 am

2nd jester, surely you jest, but thanks for your flattering comments. Actually most haters refer to Buford as the University of Buford, or just the U for short. History is just that, history. Takeo Spikes and Robert Edwards won’t be playing next Friday. What other major D-1 talent will Wash Co have on the field? More pure talent? Seriously? Who? Does Buford have unpure talent? Your comments are those of a Homer, based only on opinion, which is understandable. You beat up on a bunch of teams with 4 or more loses. More heart, how do you know what’s in a kid’s heart? Homegrown? Pot farms in Wash Co?

I will say this. Wash Co has a talented team, that has beaten who they’ve played, which is all they can do. Their strength of schedule is on the weak to moderate scale. Signature game vs Lovett, an AA School which you had to go to overtime to beat? This should be a tough game but the best in AAA will come out on top. We’ll just have to wait till Friday to see which team that is.

Bwolves

December 8th, 2013
8:53 am

AAA FAN, you and BR549 get the facts before you post. If you’re going to put something in print, know what you type is factual. No “tuition” is required for students that live in the Buford city limits. If you live outside, there is a waiting list and criteria a student must meet. I’m not sure what the price is though. What you should ask is why is there a waiting line for parents to enroll their kids in Buford when they could go to private or other good schools in the same area? Isn’t North Gwinnett in the AAAAAA finals and have lots of D-1 talent? We’re also within 15 miles of Mill Creek, Lanier, Collins Hill, also Dacula, success larger schools. Why Buford?

BR549

December 8th, 2013
9:21 am

Great kids at both schools. BUFORD’S FAN ARROGANCE HAS SOURED ME AGAINST THEM HOWEVER. I hope that WACO brings the AAA Title back to Sandersville.

Bwolves..You are correct. I should have only included the above from AAA fan. I know very little about how Buford High School works. I will stand behind my opinion of the CAPS above though. Not all, but the majority of the posters from U of B here and on the GA Scout Blog are like the statement above.

Several people’s opinion. No disrespect.

GreenNGold

December 8th, 2013
9:23 am

@AAA FAN, you are wrong, get your facts straight! Cartersville, Calhoun, Gainesville, and on and on are city schools with the same rules of Buford.
@ WACO (all of them (son of Waco, brother of Waco, idiot of Waco, etc.), Buford gets beat up on these blogs and have for years with the same wrong non-sense and stupidity that you toss at us. We are proud of our accomplishments and sick and tired of jerks putting us down. If you want respect, show some respect for accomplishments instead of envying the accomplishments with put downs.
@2nd Jester, what do you mean home grown? Do you go out into a field and plant seeds, water and harvest them? Your comments have already proven to be idiotic.
@son of Waco, maybe you should ask Gainesville, State Champions of AAAAA 2012.
If you like playing the best in the state, where have you been, certainly not calling Buford. You all have easy and very simple comments that are refutable. The game will be the game.

brother of Waco

December 8th, 2013
10:14 am

green& gold you know what home grown means! Non recruited, non transferred, been there since recreation days. That’s home grown.

ron

December 8th, 2013
10:24 am

“GreeNGold” amen, my sentiments as well. “Bwolves” actual facts that can’t be comprehended or understood.Many will use these facts as excuses for Waco’s loss.

Ignorance is a dangerous tool.Using the name “Homer” they have no idea who you are making reference to.

writer3k

December 8th, 2013
10:38 am

@5r549 2200 otherwise known as recruiting school of GA.

It annoys me the GHSA allows Buford to recruit instead of making them play the players that live in the school district like the other schools do. Its not fair to the other schools and im sick of it. I’ve had them recruit players from my middle school team its really sickening, unfair, and unjust.

Son Of Waco

December 8th, 2013
1:41 pm

So Gainesville win a state title and the next year their the power program to measure your team defense on huh.. I mean in 4 years Buford is 4-1 against Gainesville, so playing a team that many times in a row you would think y’all know each other good. Also, all I get from them beating Buford last year is that when they had their best team y’all got beat.. I hope fans do know in football a QB is only as good as his OL and WR, but how would nerds know that.. Because when nerds can’t come up with good football facts in a football blog, they start attacking everyone with nerd stuff, but hey fight with what you know best.

Wolf stars

December 8th, 2013
1:46 pm

Let’s take it back to football. How can a smallish WACO team stand up to the pounding they will get from Buford. WACO barely beat Lovette how can they hope to beat Buford?

Son Of Waco

December 8th, 2013
2:17 pm

Lovett with their star QB back struggled with a Laney team WACO dominated 38-0… But again Buford fans are trying to say a team from AA or A is not good enough to give a AAA team a great game when just 2 years ago y’all was AA team saying Buford was the best team in the state. So beside Gainesville what other team has tested Buford Defense to say they the best in AAA??

brother of Waco

December 8th, 2013
2:46 pm

We will see about pounding. Just ready for a great game! Go hawks! Beat Buford!!! #popstrong

SC Waco Fan

December 8th, 2013
4:25 pm

Let’s settle it on the turf guys, Enough said! RIP Pop Strong.

GreenNGold

December 8th, 2013
6:08 pm

@brother of Waco, SC Waco & fans of WACO – We don’t claim to be anything but Buford. It is everyone else that claims Buford is the best football team in the state. Hey we really get a kick out being called University of Buford, what a great compliment! Thanks! :-)
You have given your team great reasons for losing and thanks for doing that ahead of time. We were told that we could not win at A, AA and then again at AAA, but I guess you were wrong about that too.
Really, you got nothing better than nerd?
You need to get off your tractors, GHSA is not stupid and they do not allow cheating, so take your proof to GHSA, otherwise you are just whining and providing excuses for losing.
(Green& gold you know what home grown means!) Yep, mother and father are also brother and sister. You just had to go there… My dad played on one of the undefeated Buford teams in the 40s and my son played on an undefeated team in 2002. I am glad that others want to come to Buford to participate and enjoy the environment that is here. We welcome diversity, sounds like you might be against it.
As for as football facts go the game won’t be played until Friday. So no statistic, no sarcasm, no false accusations will matter until the end of the 4th quarter and the trophy will be lifted by the winner. If WACO had played Callaway, you would not be in the Dome Friday, now that is a football fact!
We don’t care if you are upset that Buford is referred to as being the best football team in Georgia! It is a great place and the city leaders and Board of Education are great! Some of them played high school sports at Buford.
I don’t think I have ever heard anyone from Buford making a claim that we would win every game, but you have to admit we have very nice records over the years in all sports!