Victory had been a long time coming for varsity football players at Briarwood Academy.
They had not won a gridiron game since the playoffs a year ago. They had been winless after their first three games of this season.
But that all changed when they defeated the Nathanael Greene Academy Patriots 44-22 at before a nice home crowd at the Briarwood Field last Friday night.
"It's always good to win," said a jubilant Briarwood head coach John Osborne. "It's been a long time since we won a game. We've been waiting a while to celebrate a win. It feels real good."
Players equally were as happy to finally notch their first win of the 2010 football campaign.
One of them included junior running back Michael Kent, who had a career prep performance. He rushed for 190 yards on 21 carries and scored four touchdowns.
"I'm real glad we won the game," said Kent. "The offensive line blocked real good for me."
Senior quarterback Blake Sowell was excited about the win and his performance, too.
"I thought we played real good," said Sowell, who rushed for 47 yards on seven carries and completed 7-of-9 passes for 83 yards. "We've been working hard in practice and I think that's what helped us win this game."
Steven Gunn, a senior offensive and defensive lineman, said the victory was as the result of a total team effort.
"I think we played real good as a team," said Gunn, who recorded seven solo tackles, kicked off and was on the receiving end of a couple of receptions -- one of which was a two-point conversion catch in the end zone.
Ryan Pritchett, a junior, who plays running back and defensive back, thought the Buccaneers played well, too.
"We played great," said Pritchett, who rushed for 90 yards on 14 carries and scored a touchdown. "Our defense played exceptionally well and our offense kept rolling."
Russell Burdette, a junior offensive and defensive lineman, who also runs some out of the backfield, credited the defensive unit with the win.
"Our defense really stepped it up a notch," said Burdette, who rushed for 31 yards on seven carries and made six solo tackles and two assists in the game against Nathanael Greene. "We really got prepared for this game. Our defense won this one for us."
Ashton Wiley, a junior offensive and defensive lineman, also was pleased that the Buccaneers were able to win their first game.
"We played much better," said Wiley. "We worked for this victory."
Hunter Brinkman, a junior tight end and defensive lineman who had never played football before this season, remarked, "It's great to win. We're looking to go 7-0 here on out."
Steven Parris, a sophomore fullback, was excited about the win, too.
"It was exciting because I got a chance to play," said Parris, who carried the ball twice for 11 yards and came close to scoring a touchdown on a drive late in the game.