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Dawson, McElveen help pace Briarwood Bucs to 41-8 win over Curtis Baptist

Nick Dawson and Mathew McElveen combined to score five touchdowns as the Briarwood Academy Buccaneers handily defeated the Curtis Baptist Crusaders 41-8 at Briarwood last Friday night.

Dawson, a senior, scored three times, while McElveen scored twice. Both rushed for more than 100 yards each in the lopsided win, which was Briarwood's first of the season to go with a pair of losses. The Crusaders, meanwhile, suffered their third consecutive loss.

This Friday night finds the Buccaneers taking the night off or what is referred to as an open date. In two weeks, they will host Bethesda Day School. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Briarwood field.

Last week's victory over Curtis Baptist was Head Coach John Osborne's first win since becoming the new football coach and athletic director at Briarwood Academy earlier this year.

"It feels great to win," remarked Coach Osborne after he addressed his players and thanked God in prayer. "Our kids really worked hard for this win. They really wanted it badly."

He told his players, "Excellent job. Guys, it feels good, doesn't it. Football is about getting after it, having fun and hitting people - that's football. Everything we did out there was right. I'm so glad we won."

Coach Osborne said he was proud of his offensive line, because they blocked well. "We just need to continue working on getting better and getting stronger."

The Buccaneers scored 35 points against the Crusaders in the first half and never had to worry.

It marked the first time this season that Briarwood has had two running backs to rush for more than 100 yards in a game. McElveen led the way with 140 yards on 9 carries, while Dawson carried the ball 8 times for 135 yards. Another running back, who turned in a fine offensive and defensive game, was senior Cane Gilmer. He rushed 9 times for 73 yards.

Dawson scored on runs of 2, 1 and 55 yards. McElveen tallied his two touchdowns on distances of 12 and 28 yards. Gilmer also scored a touchdown on a one-yard run and added an extra point as the place kicker.

The Buccaneers were led by senior quarterback Chase Walker, who rushed for 15 yards on 2 carries.

After going up 41-0 in the third quarter on Dawson's 55-yard explosive run, it looked as though the Bucs might capture their first shutout of the season. The Crusaders, however, weren't about to let that happen. And as younger players were inserted into the game for Briarwood, the closer to the end zone the Crusaders got.

With 3:43 left in the game, the Crusaders finally scored. The touchdown came on 1-yard run by Cameron McConnell, the sophomore quarterback. He also completed a two-point conversion pass to Demarcus Oates to add more points onto the scoreboard.

A host of players turned in outstanding performances - both offensively and defensively for the Bucs. They included: Ben Raburn, Eric Johnson, Trey Stadler, Cane Gilmer, Chase Walker, Jonathan Gay, Steven Gunn, Matthew McElveen, Ryan Nelson, Walker Hargrove, Mathew Graziano, Adam Hardy, Nick Dawson and Tyler Edwards.

Johnson injured his right elbow and saw only limited action in the second half. He was icing it under the orders of team doctor Darryl Wiley. The extent of his injury still wasn't known Monday.

Web posted on Thursday, September 18, 2008

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