The Bucs didn't win, but they didn't quit.
And that was enough to encourage the coaches.
"We're trying to keep our heads up," said Defensive Coordinator Josh Morey, who along with Assistant Coach Bo Fleming is overseeing the football program for the time being. "We can't get down and expect to play better."
Briarwood dropped the game 49-7 to John Milledge Academy's Trojans at home last Friday, chalking up the Bucs' fourth straight loss since winning the season opener against Edmund Burke Academy.
This Friday night, the Bucs will try to get back on the winning track as they entertain Tiftarea Academy. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
"We just have to work harder at practice, so we can get better," Coach Morey said.
In the game against John Milledge Academy's Trojans, the Buccaneers found themselves trailing 21-0 before finding pay dirt for the first and only time in the game. Briarwood's lone touchdown came on a 31-yard pass to senior Dave Joesbury from junior quarterback Chase Walker with 3:12 remaining in the second quarter. Joesbury also booted the extra point, which cut the Trojans' lead to 21-7.
The Briarwood touchdown followed a fumble recovery by Joesbury with 3:55 to play in the first half. After recovering the ball at the Trojans' 38, it took the Bucs only two plays to get into the end zone.
It didn't take the Trojans long to regain a 21-point lead as they took the ensuing kickoff, eventually scoring on a 33-yard pass from quarterback Thomas Smith to Landon NeSmith.
The Trojans, behind the running abilities of NeSmith, Daniel White and Jase Stubbs, kept the Briarwood defensive players on their toes the entire game. The trio of runners was quick and had evasive moves.
Some of the defensive standouts in the game for Briarwood included: John Spivey, Nick Dawson, Dave Joesbury, Cane Gilber, Jonathan Gay, Andrew Johnson, Hughlon Mays, Matthew McElveen, Mathew Graziano, Trey Stadler and Ben Raburn.
Another Briarwood player who stayed busy all night was Garrett Mohr, who ended up punting seven times. The freshman punter and backup quarterback got off six of seven nice punts. One of them, however, was partially blocked.