BUFFALO GAP – Buffalo Gap coach Andy Cline told his team after the game to be happy with their unbeaten record, but not to rest on it.
“There is still work to be done,” Cline said to his team in the postgame huddle, a team that improved to 4-0 with an 18-0 win over Wilson Memorial Friday night.
Still, the win was pretty sweet revenge for a Bison team that had lost five in a row to Wilson. Only one of those losses was even close. Combined, Wilson beat the Bison 194-36 in those five games.
But this year there was a sense that things would be different. All but one of the News Leader sports writers picked Buffalo Gap to win, so when the Bison pulled off the win it hardly qualified as an upset.
“To beat any team right now is good for us,” said Cline. “We’ve come a long way, but we’ve got a long way to go.”
Wilson Memorial’s Zachary Denton is wrapped up for no gain by Buffalo Gap’s Zach Thompson , Nathan DeSarno, and Jake Shelton during their football game at Buffalo Gap High School on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015.
The win sets up an even bigger game next Friday. Buffalo Gap will travel to Greenville next week to play Riverheads, which also improved to 4-0 with a win over Luray Friday.
“These kids went to middle school together and it is a big game,” said Cline. “But we’re not going to treat it like that. It’s just the fifth game right now for us and we want to have a good week of practice.”
Austin Comer and David Mullins scored for the Bison in the first half, but Gap couldn’t convert a two-point play on either score and led 12-0 at the break.
Wilson’s offense struggled in the constant rain, punting four times and fumbling the ball away three times in the first half, the final fumble coming on what would have been a 41-yard field goal try in the final seconds of the half.
“You just can’t have that,” said Wilson Memorial coach Jeremiah Major. “Especially at this level. Kids take that so much as negative instead of next time I’ll do better. We’ve got to move on. The past is the past and we can’t do anything about tonight.”
Comer’s score came on a 14-yard run on Gap’s first possession. Gap was facing fourth-and-7 before the big run.
Two possessions later Gap stretched the lead to 12 when Mullins plowed his way into the end zone from the 1 with 8:44 left in the half. That run also came on fourth down.
Wilson’s best chance to score came after a fumble recovery in the third quarter. The Hornets drove to Gap 11, but couldn’t convert on fourth-and-7.
Mullins finished things for the Bison with a 22-yard scoring run with 3:19 left in the contest.
“He runs hard,” Major said of Mullins. “But when you’ve got holes to run through it doesn’t matter who you are running the ball. The kid had holes and when he didn’t have holes he wasn’t going anywhere.”
BG — Comer 14 run (pass failed)
BG — Mullins 1 run (run failed)
BG — Mullins 22 run (run failed)