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Stallions dash to 46-6 win over BHS Jackets

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Heath Joplin
For The Lancaster News
BISHOPVILLE – Buford looked like road warriors last week at Indian land, opening the season with a solid 27-9 victory over IL.
This week was a different story.
The Yellow Jackets could not ride that momentum to Bishopville on Friday night as they fell to the Class AA Lee Central Stallions, 46-6.
A week removed from playing a turnover-free game at IL, Buford turned the ball over four times on Friday night in the 40-point loss.
“This was a sad effort tonight,” Jackets head coach Mike Wells said. “Maybe we thought we were better than we are after last week’s game.”
The Jackets never seemed to get on track against the 2-0 Stallions.
Buford took the opening drive and moved the ball modestly behind running back Josh Mullens, who had 17 yards on his first three carries.
It appeared Mullens was on his way to another stellar game after posting 100 yards in the season opener. The BHS drive stalled just inside Stallions’ territory and BHS had to punt.
From that point, Lee Central controlled the game.
After exchanging punts throughout the first quarter, the Stallions took advantage of positive field position and found the end zone on a 32-yard run by George Howard. The two-point conversion was good and Lee Central took an 8-0 lead to the second quarter.
Unfortunately, big plays proved to be an unpopular theme throughout the game for the Yellow Jackets.
After adding scores consisting of a 52- and 36-yard touchdown runs, Buford was down 24-0 at the half.
“Lee Central is very athletic and explosive offensively,” Wells said. “You have to do the little things to give yourself a chance and we clearly did not do those things tonight.”
Offensively, the Jackets simply couldn’t get in rhythm against the Stallions’ defense.
For the game, Buford was a dismal 5-13 for 61 yards passing and three interceptions, two which were returned for touchdown scores of 55 and 65 yards, respectively.
“We actually went to a spread offense just to see if we could get something positive going,” Wells said.
Buford, dodging the shutout, was able to find the end zone in the closing moments of the game.
With three minutes left, BHS senior quarterback C.J. Blackmon rolled to his left and found Evan Flynn for a seven-yard touchdown reception.
“We played disappointing football tonight,” Wells said. “We have to regroup and show up next Friday night ready to play. We have to work hard this week and be prepared.”
Buford is slated to open its 2012 home football schedule as the AFC Rangers are set to be at Jackets Stadium for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.