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Buccaneers get 6th straight win

It's now six victories in a row for the Briarwood Academy Buccaneers' football team.

The team's latest 22-12 win came over the visiting David Emanuel Academy Eagles at the Briarwood field last Friday night.

The Buccaneers of head coach John Osborne remain perfect in Region 1-A play with a 6-0 record. Overall, the Bucs are 6-3.

Briarwood Academy will travel to Garden City Stadium in Savannah to take on Memorial Day in the regular season finale this Saturday night. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

The win over David Emanuel Academy of Stillmore didn't come without a costly price.

On the third play of the game, Briarwood Academy senior quarterback Blake Sowell twisted his left ankle and was forced to leave the game. He still is nursing the injury and did not practice this week.

"He suffered a real bad sprain and wasn't able to practice at all this week," coach Osborne said. "It's a tremendous blow to our team not to have him out on the field playing."

When Sowell became injured, backup quarterback Taylor Coxwell, a sophomore, took over.

"I felt like Taylor did a good job, considering he hasn't had a lot of experience playing quarterback," coach Osborne said. "Our team rallied around him and I think that helped to lift him up and allow him to play as good as he did."

Coxwell ran for a 70 yard touchdown in the first half and threw a 2-point conversion pass to Ryan Nelson that helped pave the way for the big win over the Eagles, who are coached by former Briarwood Academy coach Jimmy Barnett. Coxwell's touchdown and the subsequent 2-point conversion pass from him to Nelson gave the Buccaneers a 14-12 lead, which is the way it remained through halftime.

Earlier, Briarwood junior running back Michael Kent scored on a 43 yard run and a 2-point conversion play that lifted the Buccaneers to an 8-6 lead.

The Eagles had managed to get into the end zone first.

The only touchdown of the second half was scored by Kent on a 12 yard run.

Kent was the leader rusher in the game with 123 yards on 20 carries.

He now has amassed 1,178 yards rushing up to this point in the season and scored a total of 15 touchdowns. Kent leads the team in both of those departments.

Another junior running back, Ryan Pritchett, gained 16 yards on 6 carries against the Eagles, while junior fullback Russell Burdette rushed for 51 yards on 12 carries.

Pritchett now has a total of 683 yards rushing on 107 carries this season.

He also has scored 6 touchdowns.

Burdette, meanwhile, has rushed for a total of 318 yards on 64 carries and scored three touchdowns.

"It was a huge win for us," coach Osborne said. "It means we can't finish any worse than second place now in the region and assures us of hosting the first round of the Class A state playoffs."

Defensively, the Buccaneers intercepted the David Emanuel quarterback four times -- three of those picks coming in the second half.

Nelson intercepted twice, while Coxwell and Pritchett each picked off one.

Burdette led the team in tackles with 9, 3 assists and 1 sack. He was followed by Fifth Newton with 7 solo tackles and 1 assist; Nelson with 6 solo tackles and 2 assists; Tyler Edwards with 3 solo tackles and 5 assists and one 2 sacks; and Pritchett with 2 solo tackles.



Web posted on Thursday, November 04, 2010













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