Buccaneers swarm BHS Yellow Jackets

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Heath Joplin


CHARLOTTE – The Buford Yellow Jackets took to the road for the first time this season as they faced the Charlotte Country Day Buccaneers on Thursday, Sept. 12.

The game was the first-ever meeting between the two schools, and one the Jackets would like to forget.

The 2-1 Bucs scored early and often as they cruised to the 52-0 victory at CCDS’ Belk Stadium.

CCDS was led by a dual threat quarterback combination of Robert Tate and Cole Bloomer.

Between the two signal-callers, they were a combined 14-15 for 244 yards and three touchdowns.

“We were not ready to play,” Buford head coach Mike Wells said. “We simply got outplayed by a very good football team.”

CCDS opened the scoring barrage after the Jackets were forced to punt on their initial possession.

The Bucs’ Akanimo Eyo returned the Yellow Jackets’ offering 63 yards for the score. The point-after gave the Bucs a 7-0 lead.

BHS began its second possession at its 35-yard line. Facing a third and eight, Buford quarterback Scotti Moser, on his first pass attempt, was hit in the backfield and the ball was snatched in mid air by Bucs’ linebacker Hunt Blanchat for the interception.

A snap later, Tate hit Thomas Jackson down the sideline for a 35-yard touchdown. The TD was the first of three scores for Jackson on the night.

The extra point gave CCDS a 14-0 lead and the rout was on.

The Bucs added another first-period score and two more in the second quarter for a commanding 35-0 halftime lead.

“We talked about coming out strong and winning the second half,” Wells said. “There’s still another half of football to be played. There were things we could work on and try to improve on.”

Unfortunately, the Buccaneers’ assault continued in the second half.

CCDS’ Sheppard Wilson found the end zone for the second time, this time from a yard out to make it 42-0.

The Bucs added 10 fourth-quarter points, lifting them to the 52-0 win.

“We are inexperienced in some key areas defensively,” Wells said. “That’s something they only get by playing and learning on the job. We will regroup and be ready to play Friday.”

The 1-2 Jackets travel to Lewisville on Friday night, Sept. 20.

The 3-1 Lions are coming off a triple overtime thriller in which they defeated Indian Land, 41-34 on Friday, Sept. 13 in Richburg.