SWOOPE – Buffalo Gap took advantage of six Stonewall Jackson turnovers en route to a 38-0 shutout of the Generals in high school football action Friday night.
The Bison recovered four fumbles and made two interceptions on a chilly Homecoming evening.
Buffalo Gap got on the board late in the first period after a bad snap on a punt by the Generals gave the Bison the ball at the Stonewall Jackson 35. Moments later, McKenzie Hamric hit Jay Johnson on a 22-yard pass in the corner of the endzone and Gap led 6-0 at the 3:23 of the first period.
The Bison’s second score of the game came early in the second quarter when Charles Weatherman recovered a Stonewall Jackson fumble in General territory. On a fourth down play, a General penalty gave the Bison a firstdown at the Stonewall 9. Ryan Wilcher bulled over from two yards out and Gap led 12-0 with 8:38 to go in the first half.
The Bison’s final score of the half came after Carter Rivenburg returned an interception 40 yard to the General 30. Gap drove it to General 9 and on fourth down Hamric hit Johnson for a 9-yard TD with 2.3 seconds to go and the Bison took an 18-0 lead in the half.
Buffalo Gap’s next score came after a bizarre play that featured a Stonewall Jackson interception that ended when Rivenburg took the ball away and ran 49 yards for an apparent score but a Gap penalty negated the play. On the next play, Hamric hit Johnson on a 64-yard touchdown pass that made it 24-0 at 2:38 of the third.
Wilcher then block a General punt deep in Stonewall territory. Rivenburg then ran 8-yards for a score and Gap led 31-0 at 10:29 of the fourth. Zach Ingram added a 24-yard TD run late to make it 38-0.
Jacob Callison paced the Bison offense with 52 yards on four carries while Dylan Thompson added eight rushes for 34 yards. Jay Johnson hauled in four passes for 116 yards and three touchdowns and also had an interception. The left handed Hamric, subbing for the injured Lucas Wheeler at quarterback, completed 6-of-15 passes for 140 yards and three scores.
“We had a lot of laundry on the field tonight,” said Gap coach Andy Cline, alluding to his team’s 12 penalties.” We are going to have to fix some things. It was a sloppy game tonight. Our kids are fighting their tails off. I’m proud of them for coming out and being successful for the win but we’ve got some work to do.”
The Bison improved to 6-2 with their second-straight win and will host Page County next week while Stonewall (0-8) returns home to host Riverheads.
STONEWALL JACKSON 0 0 0 0 – 0
BUFFALO GAP 6 12 6 14-38
BG — Johnson 22 pass (from Hamric kick failed)
BG — Wilcher 2 run (pass failed)
BG — Johnson 9 pass (from Hamric run failed)
BG — Johnson 64 pass (from Hamric run failed)
BG — Rivenburg 8 run (Hoke kick)
BG — Ingram 24 run (Hoke kick)