BUFFALO GAP – Friday’s regional playoff game between Buffalo Gap and visiting Brunswick produced more flags than a United Nations convention. Overcoming numerous penalties, the Bison scratched out an 8-6 win over the Bulldogs to advance to the next round of the Region 2A East playoffs.
It was Brunswick which answered the bell first as Treven Easter scored with a minute to play in the first period. The conversion failed, giving the Gap the chance they needed to pull out a strong defensive effort by both teams.
A touchdown by the Bison’s Dylan Thompson tied the score with seven minutes left in the half and Jacob Callison’s two-point conversion run provided the margin of victory.
Stout defenses and more penalties on both teams dominated the second half as neither team could find the end zone.
“Our defense stiffened when it needed to,” said BGHS head coach Andy Cline. “They have a ton of athletes but I thought we did a pretty good job of stopping them except for a couple of big plays.”
The Bison (8-3) kept the ball on the ground for most of the game and sustained drives kept the dangerous Bulldogs’ offense off the field for long periods.
“We could move the ball well enough to win and we were fortunate to play good defense,” Cline said.
Jacob Thompson, Dylan Thompson, Josh Reed, Ryan Wilcher and Callison kept the chains moving for the Bison on the ground, picking up large chunks of yardage, but neither team could punch it in after halftime.
Buffalo Gap’s Chuck Weatherman had a big game on defense for the Bison, who will advance to next week’s second round against either Clarke County or R.E. Lee.
Both teams had numerous advantages to score in the second half, but penalties stopped them.
Too many men on the field cost the Bulldogs (4-7) a chance to stop the Gap in the final minutes on fourth down, giving the Bison a needed first down and the opportunity to run out the clock.
Brunswick 6 0 0 0 — 6
Buffalo Gap 0 8 0 0 — 8
BR – Easter, 3 yd. run (run failed)
BG – Thompson, 3-yd. run (Callison run)