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Briarwood falls to Toombs Academy on the road

The Briarwood Buccaneers traveled to South Georgia last Friday night and found themselves on the losing end of the football field.

"We broke down fundamentally across the board in Lyons," said Bucs Head Coach Blake Duncan.

Briarwood lost to Robert Toombs Academy 45-16, had 45-missed tackles and lost 337 yards in their second game of the season. They also lost two quarterbacks in the first six minutes. Sophomore QB Cody Clark is out for several games due to a sprained ankle and Junior QB Chase Walker has a pulled muscle and may miss a couple of games as well. Coach Duncan is waiting on further medical information on the players later this week before knowing for sure when they will return to the playing field.

Freshman quarterback Garret Mohr played the rest of the game.

"Garrett really stepped up, coming off the bench and throwing 235 yards for us," Duncan said.

Mohr had two deeply thrown balls that were caught for first and goal, setting up each of the Bucs touchdowns in the game. One to Nick Dawson and the other to senior Dave Joesbury. Briarwood managed to get both two-point conversions after the TDs.

"We didn't quit, and we didn't get shut out," Coach Duncan said, "but we also didn't show up mentally for the game and that has to be fixed."

Coach Duncan said that he accepts the blame for the loss.

"I took for granted the team's focus," he said. "I thought they were clear and focused, and they were not."

Coach Duncan and the team reviewed the game film Monday afternoon, grading each others performances.

"It's good to see what happened," he said. "With a small team - 19 players - we have to focus and focus hard and hopefully seeing our mistakes will help us to stay focused on playing smart ball."

The Bucs also lacked execution. Coach Duncan said he will simplify training this week. "We will block and tackle all week," he said. "That's it."

Briarwood has this Friday night off and travels to Louisville Sept. 21 to battle Thomas Jefferson Academy.

"We have seven days together to get our minds focused and to work out the execution problems," Coach Duncan said.

Web posted on Thursday, September 13, 2007

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