Class AAA: Buford, Waco facts and figures

Class AAA Title Game (5:30 p.m.)

Washington County (13-0) vs. Buford (14-0)

Overview: Two of the state’s iconic programs make their first-ever meeting in the championship game. Washington County has won three state championships and this year won its 14th region title. Buford has won nine state championships and 24 region titles. The Wolves will be making their seventh straight appearance in the state final and have won five of the last six.

Washington County season: The Golden Hawks remained undefeated after escaping a close call against Lovett, winning the game in overtime. From that point their closest game came against Blessed Trinity in the quarterfinals, a 47-17 victory.  Washington County beat Ringgold 37-0 in the semifinal.

Buford season: The Wolves went relatively unchallenged during the regular season, the closest game being a 38-14 win over reigning Class AAAAA champion Gainesville on Sept. 6 that really wasn’t that close. Buford was tested in the semifinals against Callaway and actually trailed at halftime before winning 24-14.

Washington County strength: The offense gets most of the credit. The spread offense has enabled the Hawks to take advantage of their offensive weapons and run up big numbers. They’ve not scored fewer than 36 points and have surpassed 50 points in seven games.

Buford strength: Although Buford is only 10 points shy of setting a record for most points in a season, the foundation of the team’s success is defense. No opponent has scored more than two touchdowns against the Wolves and the first-team offense has been stout. Buford would likely have more than five shutouts if the starting group played the entire game.

Washington County’s top players: Two of the Golden Hawks best prospects are juniors: QB/DB A.J. Gray (6-1, 195) and LB Logan Hunt. Senior D.J. Sanders (6-1, 190) has committed to Middle Tennessee State. RB Danyale Wicker (5-8, 175) is considered a baseball prospect, mostly likely as a shortstop.

Buford’s top players: Senior LB Korie Rogers (6-2, 218) has committed to Clemson. Senior S Tre Neal (6-3, 185) is being recruited by the likes of Miami, Vanderbilt and Central Florida. Senior Thomas Wilson (5-11, 175) has committed to Missouri.

On Washington County: “They’re very explosive on offense and have a lot of different weapons. … The defense will put a lot of pressure on you. … They’re really fast on film, but in person they’re even quicker. “ – Peach County coach Chad Campbell, whose team lost to Washington County 56-16 in the second round of the playoffs.

On Buford: “They’ve got great players and not just the first 11 or 22, they’re probably three deep without any fall-off and they roll them in there freely. And coach Simpson and his staff does a good job coaching them and getting them prepared for each game. But look at their personnel and they’re just better than people they play.” – North Hall coach Bob Christmas, whose team lost to Buford 42-14 on Nov. 8.

AJC pick: Buford 28, Washington County 27

85 comments Add your comment

Jimmy Payne

December 11th, 2013
11:18 am

Nobody can score 27 points on Buford’s D. Buford by at least 20. WACO probably is not as strong as Callaway.

??????

December 11th, 2013
11:50 am

Waco beat Callaway in the second round last year 28-0. Your argument makes no sense.

Jefferson

December 11th, 2013
12:03 pm

Anybody wonder why Buford is so good ?

RexDogma

December 11th, 2013
12:03 pm

last year is just that. St. Pius beat Waco last year and only lost to Buford 10-3.

RexDogma

December 11th, 2013
12:05 pm

I would have loved to see the Waco game with ELCA completed. Could have been a loss for Waco.

ForReal

December 11th, 2013
12:34 pm

Waco 28 vs Bufford 21

WolfDawg

December 11th, 2013
12:34 pm

Buford is so ready for this game.. In their home away from Tom Riden, the Georgia Dome…

I had picked this finals since the brackets were set & this will be a great game, IMO.

There’s no reason to compare scores from last season, as the teams have changed due to graduation.

For the SOW that was asking what D1 talent is on the Wolves team.. Look above… There’s a little difference between Clemson, Missouri, Miami AND Middle Tennessee State, don’t ya think?? But I am not knocking anyone that gets a free ride to an institution of higher learning!

Buford wins in a slobberknocker: 31 – 24..

Good Luck & safe travels to all that will travel to the Dome BOTH days this weekend…

BT

December 11th, 2013
12:54 pm

BHS has a HUGE advantage by being in the dome 7 years in a row. For a state championship game, it should be just another game for them. Being comfortable in your surrondings is not a scouting report factor that is important.

Son Of Waco

December 11th, 2013
1:31 pm

No Callaway had the same studs last year playing in the same position as last year, but Buford fans hate FACTS. I mean you need AJC to tell me where your top players are getting offers from???

Also, WACO best player is #26 but AJ, Logan and DJ has the D-1 size.. I really asked what D-1 player Buford has sent to college in the past 4 years that is making a real impact at a big time school and none of them are… So when you give a back handed comment on where our players are going please notice that Buford players are doing nothing on the field at those big time colleges.

FYI: So the first 2 years Buford beat Gainesville and their top QB don’t count much, but the year y’all lose to them and they win state. Then the next year y’all beat them it such a big deal now huh?? Yeah let’s hype up a weak schedule I doubt anyone would say had one hard game.

Son Of Waco

December 11th, 2013
1:36 pm

FYI: Most public schools don’t graduate 20 seniors year in and out. So it’s not a stretch to think two public schools will have just about identical starters two years in a row..

Public vs.. Private school problems

BBallcoach

December 11th, 2013
1:49 pm

The turf in the dome may help the speed of WACO. Beating Buford will be a very tough task though. Think Buford may be under estimating how good WACO is. Think this game comes down to the kicking game where Buford has big edge. Buford 31 to 28

GOLDENHAWK4LIFE

December 11th, 2013
2:53 pm

I HAVE WATCHED BOTH TEAMS THIS YEAR IN ANTICIPATION OF THIS GAME. WACO HAS NOT NEEDED TO SCORE MUCH IN THE 2ND HALF EXCEPT FOR LOVETT. THE BUFORD PROGRAM IS JUST THAT A PROGRAM WITH ALOT OF LOCAL PROFESSIONAL SPORTS SUPPORT. TALENT AND GOOD COACHING(WACO) VS. PEDIGREE AND POLITICS(BUFORD). REMEMBER WACO HAS 3 RUSHERS OVER A 1000 YDS. LOGAN “HEADHUNTER” HUNT IS ALREADY PLAYING NFL MINDED DEFENSE. WACO BLOWS THEM OUT AND HANGS THEM 49-26.

big bad wolves

December 11th, 2013
3:03 pm

Waco scoring 49 points now that is funny,they have not played a defense like Buford’s.It will be close for a half but Buford will dominate the second half,after getting hit for a half the 3 rushers that have a 1000 yards rushing will be begging to come out of the game.Buford 27 – lightweights 10

neutral

December 11th, 2013
5:04 pm

Kind of makes me wonder as an outsider looking in. Take WACO and any other school. They build with what they have got. They coach them and take them all the way. Buford, they pick out what they have got because they recruit. Kind of not really a match up if you ask me. Think if Buford was not an ‘open enrollment school’, their outcomes would be a lot different. Anyone can make do when you get to ‘pick from the pot’. But also, how many Buford players make it to big time colleges?????? If Buford wasn’t given the upper hand to all Atlanta schools, and just played in their league, they would have been shut down before now. Remember, you have to EARN it.

Jimmy Payne

December 11th, 2013
5:44 pm

Son of Waco, if watch film of this years WACO team and this years Callaway team you come away with the very strong feeling that the best team of those two is Callaway.

All your other gibberish really just shows how little you know. I stand on my prediction, Buford by at least 20.

Pangloss

December 11th, 2013
7:08 pm

Does’t the Buford faithful deserve a state championship of their own. Let’s call it chest-thumping and go ahead and give it now. Surely Buford High has a Texas- sized trophy case so these boys in men’s clothes can have their own. By the way, hand it to them Friday like they deserve it WACO.

wolfbait67

December 11th, 2013
8:21 pm

wacos: the overview says it all”two of the states most iconic programs” glad and looking forward to playing U guys before we move up to AAAA…would not want to miss out on these 2 undefeated juggernauts, we expect a very physical game…hope ur team is ready for Buford football cause we’re coming to bring the trophy back where it belongs, in our big elaborate trophy case as described in an earlier blog by Homer Simpson or one of his boys….anywho, safe travel cause traffic is always slow on I-75 North of Macon…

wolfbait67

December 11th, 2013
8:23 pm

If I didn’t know better, a lot of these blogs sound like what Region 1 in AAAAAA. yelps about until they all go home..

Dr. Shorty R. Feldman MD Esq

December 11th, 2013
8:49 pm

Wolfbalt67, only a moron would travel from Sandersville to Atlanta via Macon. The Golden Hawks may be a football team from lowly Washington County, but they know how to get from point a to point b. Now let’s just hope they play smart. Go, Hawks!

bufwolvesden

December 11th, 2013
9:27 pm

Son of Wacko the main thing is the were sending our kids to the best schools and there getting a free education

bufwolvesden

December 11th, 2013
9:31 pm

GoldenHawk4life there’s no team in the state of Ga that will blow Buford out….. You want bet that with a wooden nickel

Wolf Nation

December 11th, 2013
9:31 pm

Waco Fans,
I am certain you know football so you have to be aware of the kind of team you will be playing. I’m sure you have 6-8 above avg players with above avg speed. However, your O-line and D-line will be outmatched on every play. Your offense will be playing against a defense that held Carver to -2 yards for the entire game. You will not be able to run wide and there is no way you would try to run up the middle.
You have a fine coaching staff and they will put together an excellent scheme. They will keep the game close for the first half. The second half your defense will be exhausted and your running backs will not want the ball.
If the Wolves have multiple turnovers and you are able to get a few big plays it could be a close game till the third quarter. The 4th quarter always belongs to the Wolves.
Going to be a great game between two very fine programs. Looking forward to it. Truly there are no losers in this game. Excited to be playing the great Washington County team!

GreenNGold

December 11th, 2013
9:31 pm

Did anyone catch the Victoria’s Secret show last night? It was way more interesting than the same “OLD” comments in these blogs. OK you hate Buford, blah, blah; it only matters to you, not us. Your opinion about how the teams were built matters not. 
NGHS has a whole athletic supporter group that meets to discuss how much they hate Buford, it only matters to them.  Let’s face it winning is fun and we LIKE IT!
If you have nothing new to say don’t. It really is old stuff.
@WACO, do you really think this will be the first spread offense Buford has seen? No running game means you will not throw the ball effectively. I predict Buford’s defense shuts your running game down, but an obvious weakness for Buford will be at corner. So the thing I will watch for first is if the WACO QB has time to throw the ball. On offense, Buford will run the ball with all six running backs behind that strong line. The game will most likely be close at half and the half time adjustments, turn overs and special teams will determine the outcome.
My prediction, the first team to score in the second half wins it and one point is still a win! The actual score is irrelevant.

wolfbait67

December 11th, 2013
9:32 pm

O contra…I feel WACO businesses can close up shop Friday and either attend or watch on GPB…biggest game in a while, feel it brewing…..Dr. make sure U have enough aspirin to go around to ur folks for all THE PAIN y’all gonna leave with, not bring…gawd, don’t U just love this time of year…football in December, aintnuthinlikeitnowhere* Dreamland BBQ and football

bufwolvesden

December 11th, 2013
9:51 pm

Kory Rodgers….. Home grown

Son Of Waco

December 11th, 2013
11:52 pm

My questions is how many NFL LB can keep up with short Rb’s like Sproles , woodhead, or bush?? Now if WACO can get our speedy short backs into space with y’all big LB, no way they will be quick enough to stay with them. So if we can get Buford to take a LB out for a DB then our run game can open up even more.

Also, since y’all DBs play off coverage, we should take them 3 or 4 yards they give us and see if we can get them to commit to the hitch then beat them deep..

So with a great game-plan WACO can win this game. I will admit Kory Rodgers do remind me of that Lagrange LB we played years ago when we last played for the state title with how hard he hits.

Region 7-AAA

December 12th, 2013
12:57 am

Buford – 37; Washington Co – 21

RollTideRoll

December 12th, 2013
2:01 am

Buford has too much size and strength for Washginton County, I see the Wolves winning a well contested game, 27- 10.

Wolf stars

December 12th, 2013
8:57 am

WACO may keep it close for a half may even hit a couple of big plays, but Buford’s size and power will wear them down in the second half. Buford 31 to 21

RexDogma

December 12th, 2013
9:45 am

Hey Waco and others the private school folks only have 4 years to attend high school. Other public schools have longer. Ever hear of the rural redshirt. Just ask Valdosta sometime. I have even heard where kindergartners are held back.

Middle Lion Backer

December 12th, 2013
12:01 pm

@wolfbait I agree with just about everything you say but Dreamland BBQ not so much.
@Waco love reading your stuff here but did ya’ll get a bunch of speed donated this year? I don’t understand how that could happen or do you just mean the coaches have learned to better utilize it?Because you certainly did not show it often enough in last years playoff game against the “pedestrian like” St.Pius. Now before you get all mad I am just saying is that you will have to maximize your offensive possessions against a ball control team like Buford. You can contain seed just not overwhelming physical force.
Buford likes to pound on you with all their RBs and OLine. So if you fumble or get a few flags it will be a long day at the Dome. My 2cents worth has a low scoring game 21-13. Special teams and coaching scheme will win out here. Both teams will have their moments just think Buford will have more of them. Good Luck and safe travels to all be watching ya’ll expecting a great game.

Son Of Waco

December 12th, 2013
12:26 pm

@Middle Your SPX defense held Buford to 10 points and us putting up 35 should show how our speed makes us explosive. Also, in that SPX game y’all got a lot of big plays out of the passing game not the run game. That year WACO passing defense was poor at best, we had like 4 int on the season. This year its one of our strengths on defense and it allows us to put more players in the box to attack the run or play-action.

King of the North

December 12th, 2013
12:49 pm

This one, along with all the other region and state titles that have been won, will be bought … I mean won by Buford by at least two touchdowns. Speed kills, strength punishes…and Buford has both in abundance because of their ability to recruit under the radar. Grady was busted…..next up….Buford.

Best of luck to all who made the playoffs legitimately and with class. Its the Barry Bonds syndrome….he has many records, but they all have an asterisk (*) beside them.

GreenNGold

December 12th, 2013
3:41 pm

@King of the North & all the WACOs – We like winning, give it a rest, or at least catch up with the rest of us.
Interesting Stats:
Buford (22) vs NGHS (5) 22-5-1 last time played 1999
Buford (5) vs Norcross (2) 5-2-0 last time played 1997
As you would expect Buford won both of the last games played.
Overall records for Buford and WACO! :-)
WACO 377-232-11 .617%
Region titles 14 State titles 3 NFL Players 6; Total weeks ranked #1 50; Different Opponents 94; All State Players 93/153
Not bad WACO…
Buford 536-242-16
Region titles 24 State titles 9 NFL Players 3; Total weeks ranked #1 174; Different Opponents 157; All State Players 165/242
Excellent!

brother of Waco

December 12th, 2013
3:50 pm

GreenNGold Waco has 5 NFL players

brother of Waco

December 12th, 2013
3:51 pm

My b looked at it wrong…

GreenNGold

December 12th, 2013
6:45 pm

Info came from Georgia High School Football Historians Association and they could have given you an extra player. Makes the game a little more personal.

Son Of Waco

December 12th, 2013
7:41 pm

Jacob

December 12th, 2013
7:59 pm

Buford has one of the toughest Defenses in the state, not to throw out facts here, but over the last two years we have sent 3 defenders off in ambulances due to heart-stopping blocks, 5 quarterbacks to the sidelines after big blows that ended their night, 3 runningbacks to the sidelines due to big hits and leg injuries, and 14 teams home this season with a loss on their record and 14 points or less to show for their efforts. Not to mention our BA kicker who sunk a 43yard fg last week that would have been good from 53. Gonna be a long ride back to Sandersville. Buford wins 24-10

wolfbait67

December 12th, 2013
9:34 pm

Son of WACO: thanks for the news item…have not been able to find any print on U guys…great program y’all have down there…<24 hrs.safe travel, I will be the one wearing GREEN

Jacob

December 12th, 2013
9:52 pm

Shoot im suprised they have internet down there

BobinCville

December 12th, 2013
10:19 pm

Jacob,
We have internet and punctuation lessons. You stupid little man.

Can't afford $20 to get in....

December 12th, 2013
10:23 pm

I can enjoy reading all of your comments and also enjoy the game without any pressure since I don’t have a dog in this fight. I anticipate this to be one great game with a lot of fireworks from both sides. I can see WACO showing their speed with success for 48 minutes. However, I know Buford will lean those big strong bodies on you and go for that 3 yards and a cloud of dust for 48 minutes too. Sure, size can wear you down but chasing speed can wear you out. Have you ever tried to catch a rabbit, well, did you catch it. Probably not, but you were exhausted from trying. Also, have you ever tried to pick up a VW, well, did you pick it up. Probably not, but you were worn out from trying. After 48 minutes I will see 2 teams that have played their tails off with only 1 team celebrating. I can’t see either team winning by more that 2 td’s. Both teams have good offenses and stout defenses. I can’t see either team putting up more that 30 on the other. Special teams and mistakes will be the tail that wags the dog. Final score 27-20….. I’ll leave it up to you to pick which team has the highest number. I think it will be %#%$#^&#!!!

Son Of Waco

December 13th, 2013
1:46 am

@wolfbait67 This is a better story on WACO.. That Middle GA love

http://www.macon.com/2013/12/12/2830128/wacos-three-storylines-to-watch.html

Wolf stars

December 13th, 2013
6:37 am

@brother of WACO WACO has six former NFL players Terry Jones, Randy Watts, Takeo Spikes, R. Edwards, T. Edwards, and currently Josh Gordy.

brother of Waco

December 13th, 2013
7:40 am

True @stars &gng. I don’t think Terrance played a single game tho. He got cut & went straight to the CFL

Pooman

December 13th, 2013
7:57 am

Son of WACO, great reads bro. Pop strong, we have RD (Ryan Daniel) and two others. But RD is the the one who made Buford change the uni’s. Can’t spell Buford without RD. Good luck to all the seniors, should be a dandy of a game.

wolfbait67

December 13th, 2013
8:56 am

son of Waco: thanks for the info, great read on a great legend in Sandersville……try access Northgeorgia.com. for feature stories on , NGHS, and Buford, comes out of Gainesville…also “Gwinnettpreprally.com is good source….it is gonna be a slobber knocker in about 10 hours….Football in December, AWEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Ga Dawg!!!!

December 13th, 2013
10:15 am

@Son of WACO, you don’t even know anything about your own players. T. EDWARDS was on the Falcons roster all year in 2003. He played in 8 games that year with 1 catch. He hurt his groin muscle in 04 and was IR.Then he went to the CFL and has had a great career.

Ga Dawg!!!!

December 13th, 2013
10:16 am

Im sorry @borther of Waco not Son of Waco