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Bucs JV team making progress, still looking for success

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Briarwood JV Quarterback Chase Walker looks for a receiver while in the clutches of a Gatewood defender.
Photo by Jason B. Smith
The Briarwood Academy junior varsity Buccaneers showed steady improvement in their 14-8 loss to Gatewood School of Eatonton last Thursday at Briarwood.

"Right now we're 0-3, but we have a legitimate chance of ending up 4-3," Coach Steven Simpson said, adding that the JV Bucs are "improving each week.

"We're in the process of learning a totally new scheme," he said. "We're teaching them the varsity scheme so we can strengthen the entire program. We're building it from the sixth grade up. We'll be a good football team when we finish the learning process."

The eighth graders are leading the team, according to Coach Simpson.

Quarterback Chase Walker has done a good job of running the team and the ball and has played well at linebacker on defense, according to Coach Simpson. Running backs Nick Dawson and Cane Gilmer have played well offensively as well as defensively with both playing cornerback. Mathew Graziano, who did not play football last year, has proven himself at center and has also done well on defense playing both cornerback and outside linebacker. On the offensive line, Reed Wheeler is doing a good job of blocking from his tackle position, as is Corey Davidson at tight end.

Defensively, the Bucs have counted on Jonathan Gay who "runs the defense on the field" from his middle linebacker position. Gay plays fullback on offense. Ben Raburn, in his second year of play, has been most outstanding playing tackle on the defensive line. Also, Davidson is playing well at defensive end, according to Coach Simpson.

Price Chalker is the JV Bucs' utility man this year.

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Atlanta Falcons Punter Chris Mohr, whose son, Garrett, plays on the JV team, handled announcing duties for part of the game.
Photo by Jason B. Smith
"He's able to and has done a good job playing many different positions for us," Coach Simpson said. "We can put him in most any position, and he can play it for us.

"Eric Johnson (a seventh grader) is doing a good job at nose guard for us," Coach Simpson said. "I expect more (seventh graders) to step up."

The JV Bucs played an outstanding defensive ball game, their sole lapse coming midway through the second quarter when a JV Gator back broke loose for a long touchdown run to put the Gators ahead 6-0 at the half.

After taking the second half kickoff, on the second play from scrimmage, Dawson went off tackle for five yards on a power play. On the next play, fullback Gay went up the middle and then cut to the outside on a 61-yard touchdown romp. Quarterback Walker went around the right end for the two-point conversion and an 8-6 lead.

With only four minutes left in the game, the JV Bucs fumbled the ball on their own 20. The JV Gators drove about 15 yards before fumbling the ball into the end zone and covering it for the touchdown. They added the two-point conversion for the 14-8 win.

The JV Bucs will have their hands full this week when they host AAA John Milledge Academy at 6 p.m. this Thursday at Briarwood.



Web posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004


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