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Middle school Bucs shut out Patriots

Another win is exactly what the Briarwood Middle School Buccaneers got on their home field last Thursday night.

The latest gridiron victory came over the Nathaniel Greene Academy Patriots by a score of 44-0.

"The win over Nathaniel Greene was a total team effort," said a jubilant Briarwood Academy head coach Bo Fleming. "Our defense played great, shutting them out."

Coach Fleming equally was proud of the way his offensive unit performed, too.

"Everything was working, offensively," said coach Fleming. "Our offensive line deserves a lot of the credit."

He praised the performances of the following players: Austin Hardy, Matthew Mooney, Mason Kent, Dusty Anderson and Grayson Rhodes.

"Our offensive line opened holes for our running backs all night long," added coach Fleming. "It was good to see a lot of our younger kids get a chance to play with a lot of first-teamers. There were some great runs in that game, especially the two long ones by Jake Brooks, Ty Gunter and Jack Russell."

Tonight (Thursday), the Briarwood Academy takes their 4-2 record on the road for a showdown against the Thomas Jefferson Academy Jaguars in Louisville. Next week, the Buccaneers will travel to Siloam in Greene County to clash with Nathaniel Greene Academy in their season finale.

The game against Nathaniel Greene Academy started with a nice scoring threat by the Buccaneers. The Bucs drove all the way down to the Patriots' 15 where they fumbled and Nathaniel Greene recovered.

Just three plays later, the Patriots returned the favor they previously received from the Buccaneers.

The fumble was recovered by Briarwood Academy's Mason Kent, who played with broken hand.

Briarwood quarterback Jack Russell ran 5 yards for the Bucs' first touchdown of the game three plays later. It came with 3:34 left to play in the first quarter.

The two-point conversion also was scored by Russell. It gave Briarwood Academy a quick 8-0 lead they added to as the game progressed.

Briarwood's Jake Brooks, celebrating a birthday, scored the Bucs' second touchdown of the game on a beautiful 60 yard run down the right sideline. The score came with 7:39 to play in the second quarter. Russell ran for the two-point conversion which made it a 16-0 game.

For the second time in the game, Russell scored Briarwood's third TD on a 5 yard run with 4:14 left to play first half action. Russell again ran for the two-point conversion, which gave the Buccaneers a 24-0 lead.

With just 15 seconds left before halftime, the Buccaneers managed to get into the end zone again. Russell scored on a 1 yard plunge. The two-point conversion was scored by Will Johnson, a sixth grader. It boosted the Bucs' lead to 32-0.

Russell and company were not finished.

In the second half, the Buccaneers tallied two more touchdowns.

Russell threw a 59-yard pass to Jackson Sims with 3:56 left to play in third quarter. The two-point conversion run failed.

The last touchdown was scored by Austin Hardy on a 1-yard run with 3:51 to play in the fourth quarter. Again, the conversion run failed.

Brooks was the Bucs' leading rusher with 144 yards on on 5 carries. He also scored a touchdown. Russell finished with 117 yards on 16 carries. He also scored three touchdowns.

Gunter garnered 81 yards on 2 carries. Russell completed 3-of-3 passes for 89 yards. He also threw one touchdown pass.

Sims led the team in catches with two for 76 yards. Dakota Reese caught one pass for 13 yards in last week's game.

Defensively, Sims led the team with 6 tackles and 2 assists. He was followed by Matthew Mooney with 4 solo tackles and 2 assists; Dusty Anderson, 4 solo tackles and 2 assists; Jake Brooks, 4 solo tackles and 1 assist; Davis Newton, 3 solo tackles and 2 assists and Dakota Reese, 3 solo tackles and 2 assists.

Web posted on Thursday, October 07, 2010

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