LURAY – After two consecutive tough losses, Buffalo Gap was able to bounce back behind a stout defensive effort topping Luray Friday night 13-8.
Both offenses struggled to establish any drives in the first half, with the Bison saddled by penalties at the worst times, effectively ending two long drives deep into Bulldog territory.
Instead, it was the Bison defense that answered the call for points. Dylan Rankin picked off a Bulldog pass just over midway through the second quarter and ran it in for six to give Gap the first score of the contest.
Buffalo Gap coach Andy Cline recognized the importance of the play.
“That play was a huge swing,” said Cline. “Dylan made a great play on the ball. Play of the game.“
The Bulldogs finally put together a drive midway through the third quarter highlighted by an 18-yard scamper from Drew Comer, and capped off by Tristan Yowell, who punched it in to put the Bulldogs on the board. Sensing a worn Bison defense, Luray coach Nolan Jeffries opted to go for the two points, and the conversion was good giving them an 8-7 edge.
Buffalo Gap was able to answer on their ensuing drive, converting twice on fourth down, but none bigger than Carter Mohler pulling in a 23-yard reception from McKenzie Hamric on fourth-and-three and crossing the goal line. The Bison would fail on the conversion, giving them a precarious 13-8 edge.
The Bison defense would step up time and time again shutting down three Bulldog drives the rest of the way to help close out the win. Charles Weatherman put the exclamation point on the victory with a quarterback sack on the final play.
“We played hard,” said Cline. “We didn’t play real smart much of the night. The kids battled their tails off and luckily came out on top. We have to get those things (penalties) fixed if we want to be successful.”
BUFFALO GAP 0 7 6 0 — 13
LURAY 0 0 8 0 — 8
BG – Rankin 20 interception return (Hamric kick)
L – Yowell 4 run (Jenkins run)
BG – Mohler 23 pass from Hamric (pass fail)