The Briarwood Academy Buccaneers traveled to Siloam, Ga., Friday to play in their first region football game of the season. The Bucs came away with a 47-7 victory.
The game started out slow for the Bucs as the Patriots struck first on a 2-yard run up the middle by running back Ben Holcomb and the extra point was added by D.J. Shelnutt, making the score 7-0 with 6:34 left in the first quarter.
After the score, the Patriots kicked off to return man for the Bucs' Ryan Pritchett, who returned it to the Patriots' 35-yard line.
The Briarwood Buccaneers got things started with 3:22 left in the first quarter with a 7-yard touchdown by Michael Kent. The PAT by Dalton Reese was good, tying the score at 7.
The Buccaneers' defense held the Patriots and the Bucs scored again on an 18-yard pass from quarterback Taylor Coxwell to Reese with :53 left in the first quarter. The PAT by Reese was good, bringing the score to BA 14 - NGA 7.
In the second quarter it would be all Buccaneers, as they scored three more touchdowns: Kent on a 14-yard run, Kent for a 24-yard run and Ryan Pritchett on a 6-yard run. All PATs were good by Reese and the Bucs went in at the half, up 35 to 7.
The second half started with a kick-off to the Buccaneers' Jake Brooks, who returned it 25 yards to the 46- yard line. The first play from scrimmage the Bucs scored on a 54-yard power play by Michael Kent behind the blocking of tight end Colt Phelps, left tackle Jackson Williams, left guard Fifth Newton, fullback Russell Burdette, and halfback Ryan Pritchett.
With 11:25 left in the third quarter, the PAT was no good, leaving the score 41-7.
The Buccaneers scored their last touchdown of the night with 7:54 left in the third with a sweep around the right end on a 27-yard run by Bryce Sowell. The PAT failed, leaving the score 47-7.
Coach John Osborne said he was very proud of how the team played Friday night, calling it a team effort. He said the defense played extremely well, especially the defensive line.
"We have been working on our D-line playing well and it has paid off for us," he said.
Osborne also said that the linebackers and defensive backs played very well; picking off two passes and causing a fumble, which the Bucs recovered. Osborne said the Buccaneers' offensive line did an excellent job blocking; he said it is hard to get 304 yards rushing and 68 yards passing without the help of the O-line: center Tad McCorkle, right guard Dalton Banks, right tackle Eli Holder, left guard Fifth Newton, left tackle Jackson Williams and tight end Colt Phelps.
Kent said after the game that a big thanks goes out to the offensive line for their hard work and the blocking.
The Bucs are now 2-2 overall and 1-0 in GISA Region 1-A.
This Friday they travel to John Hancock Academy in Sparta, Ga., for a 7:30 p.m. showdown with the Rebels.