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BCHS Overpowers Fluvanna In Battle Of The Bridge

Buckingham County High School head coach Craig Gill almost sounded apologetic when he spoke on his team's 68-0 victory over Fluvanna on Friday night.

The victory may not have been unexpected, but the margin certainly was.

“Our games, especially up there, always come down to a play or two,”

said Gill. “It's always a dogfight, and I had no reason to expect differently coming into the game.

“The guys came ready to play. We ran and passed well, and our defense was flying around to the ball all night.”

Buckingham, which got the ball in good field position after an onside kick by Fluvanna was recovered by the Flucos, but did not go the required ten yards, needed only two plays to score.

BCHS senior quarterback Tarian Ayers hit senior wide receiver Landon Allen for a 43-yard pass that put the Knights into scoring position, and Kenneth Johnson capped the brief drive with a touchdown on Buckingham's second play from scrimmage with 11:34 still to play in the first quarter.

The Knights (3-0) scored on their first possession for the third straight game. None of the drives took longer than 90 seconds.

By the time the dust had settled at the half, the game was already well in-hand with the Knights enjoying a 48-0 advantage.

Buckingham's defense was just as impressive as its offense. The Knights allowed just three Fluvanna first downs on the night.

“We benefitted from a couple of turnovers that gave us some short fields, and they were short on some personnel, from prior to the game, and others who were injured early on. Still, it was an overall team effort. We had a great week of practice, and it showed.”

The Knights combined for only 332 yards total on offense (195 passing, 127 rushing) on the night. A small number given the final score.

Ayers led Buckingham in rushing with 45 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. Austin Seay gained 42 yards on seven carries and a touchdown. Kyree Koonce rushed five times for 40 yards, and Johnson had five rushes for 33 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Ayers was 8-13 for 191 yards passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Reserve quarterback Cam Johnson was 1-1 passing for four yards.

Cam Johnson led the Knights in receiving with two catches for 59 yards. Allen had three receptions for 50 yards, and Jesse Hickman had one grab for a 42-yard touchdown. Antonn Briley had one catch for 26 yards (he also returned a punt for a touchdown). In all, six different receivers caught passes for the Knights. Place kicker John Saxon was 8-10 on extra point attempts.

Stephonn Anderson led the Knights defensively with 5.5 tackles, 3.5 sacks, forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Devin Smith accounted for seven tackles (four solo), and Jackson Bryant had 5.5 tackles (three assists) and a sack. Koonce and Ayers each recorded interceptions.

Things will get a lot tougher next week with the start of James River District play on Friday night at 7 p.m. Buckingham hosts Amelia in a battle of 2010 district co-champions (WVHL 92.9 FM, 6:40 p.m.). Both teams enter the game undefeated. Amelia defeated Gretna 13-7.

“That win over Gretna was no fluke,” said Gill. “They have a good quarterback, a good running back, and a skilled defense. It's a team that matches up well against us.”