Trojans thump Jackets in playoffs

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Buford falls to Carolina Academy

By The Staff

The Carolina Academy Trojans snapped a 25-year skid in a big way Friday night.

The Trojans, in a 43-13 home win over Buford High School, posted their first postseason win since 1986 in the opening round of the Class AA Division II Upper State football playoffs.

The 7-4 Trojans took charge early and cruised to the 30-point win over the Jackets, who saw their season end with a 4-7 mark.

BHS, after a 4-3 start, was winless over the final month of the season.

The Trojans tallied 254 yards total offense to Buford’s 231 total, but Carolina did early damage with its defense and heads-up special teams play.

Late in the opening period, CA’s David Jones picked up a fumble, one of five BHS lost on the night, and rambled 50 yards for the score.

Ernestino Alvaravo drilled the extra point to give the Trojans a 7-0 spread with 37 seconds to play in the opening period.

Just into the second quarter, disaster hit the Jackets again as Trey Allman picked up a BHS fumble and ran 15 yards for a 14-0 lead after Alvaravo nailed the extra point.

“Going on the road, we dug ourselves an early hole and we never could recover from it,” Buford coach Mike Wells said. “Ball protection is something we stress and not being able to do that really hurt.”

The Trojans, with their special teams play, continued to make it tough for the Jackets.

Carolina recovered an onside kick and five plays later, the Trojans capped a 29-yard drive as CA  quarterback R.J. Rosemond hit Quan Simpson on an 11-yard touchdown pass for a 21-0 lead with 9:17 to play.

Just over three minutes later, the Trojans tallied again with Shacory Jeter, who ran for 127 yards in 23 carries, darted 16 yards to end a 29-yard drive.

“Carolina got it rolling and we didn’t have an answer,” Wells said.

Buford broke through in the second period when C.J. Blackmon hit senior tight end Marcus Brown on a 24-yard touchdown pass. Tyler Jenkins nailed the extra point to cut the CA lead to 28-7.

The Trojans added one more score before the half as Jones ended a nine-snap, 55-yard drive with a three-yard TD run for a 35-7 lead after Alvaravo added the kick.

Carolina came out for the second half in much the same way it started as they scored with the big play. Rosemond hit Timas Peterson on a 49-yard touchdown toss. Rosemond made the most of a bad snap, taking the ball and hitting Elijah Byrd on the two-point conversion for a 43-7 spread.

In the final period, Buford tacked on the final points of the night as Evan Flynn tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Autry Blackmon to make it 43-13.

“We didn’t execute on offense and mistakes early hurt us,” Wells said. “I hate the season ended like this, but when you don’t execute, you’re not going to advance.”

Carolina, with its win, moves on to face Mid-Carolina High School in second-round play next week.

One Jackets’ player has one more game to play. Earlier this week, BHS senior defensive end-tight end Marcus Brown was named to the North-South All-Star football game in Myrtle Beach.

The game, which features the top seniors across the state, is set for Dec. 10 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff.

 “I’m glad Marcus has this chance to display his talent in an all-star game,” Wells said. “I think he will represent us real well.”