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Good effort doesn 't pay off for Bucs

Coach John Osborne said he, his staff, and the Briarwood football team were understandably unhappy after Friday's 41-13 loss to the Edmund Burke Academy Spartans of Waynesboro in the Buccaneers' season opener.

And then the coaching staff watched the game film, he said.

What they saw didn't change the score, but it did change their outlook, Osborne said.

It was a good team effort with 303 yards of offense.

"There were a lot of positives that we hadn't realized during the game," Osborne said.

But fumbles took their toll. The ball fell loose six times, and five times the Bucs lost possession.

"Our defense was good, but our offense put us in a bad situation with five fumbles," he said.

"So we just need to tweak a few things," he said.

The Bucs scored in the first and fourth quarters. After giving up a touchdown, the Bucs replied with a 35-yard wheel route from junior quarterback Taylor Coxwell to senior Dalton Reese, and briefly took the lead 7-6. That lead soon faded, though. In the final stanza, sophomore Bryce Sowell ran a 5-yard route for the Bucs' final score.

The Bucs had realized their challenge in playing a class higher in their opener, and beyond. Their first three opponents are Class 2.

This Friday's opponent had its own problems last weekend. Brentwood Academy of Sandersville was defeated by Mount deSales of Macon, 42-6. The Eagles also were playing up a notch, against a Class 3 opponent.

The Buccaneers travel to Piedmont next week and then sit out a week.

Web posted on Thursday, September 01, 2011

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