The Branford High School Buccaneers dominated the Oak Hall Eagles of Gainesville Friday night ending with an impressive final score of 51-13.
Immediately after the Eagles opening kick off to the Bucs and just 20 seconds into the game, Branford's Alec Burt made a 57-yard run touchdown. After Jose Baron kicked the extra point the score was 7-0.
The Eagles then had possession at their 21-yard line. First down the Eagles picked up a couple of yards, but second down they fumbled and the Bucs re-gained possession. The Bucs received a penalty of five yards for delay of game, but were able to get six yards on the play. It was second and four near the 10-yard line. They made it to the five yard line making it first and goal.
Branford’s Nick Eddington took it in for another six. After the kick, the Eagles got the ball at their 18 yard line. They were unable to get any yards making it second and 10, but get a 10 yard penalty. The Eagles were at third and about 19 for the first down. They complete on a pass with fourth and one. It was seven minutes and 44 seconds and the Eagles got the first down. Third down, an Eagle’s pass is intercepted by the Branford’s Dustin Turner on the 27-yard line and he ran the ball to the 20. The Bucs’ received a penalty for holding and couldn’t pick up any more yards the next couple of plays, but decided to try for the field goal. The kick was wide left and didn’t make it, and the Eagles got the ball at the 20 yard line. The Eagles didn’t fare too well and end up punting the ball back. The Eagles get an offsides penalty and Branford’s Travis Bass took the ball for a 49-yard run into the end zone. Baron kicked the extra point bringing the score to 21-0, Bucs with two minutes and eight seconds left in the first quarter.
The Eagles get the ball at their 40-yard line. With first and 10, the Eagles fumbled again and once again, the Bucs gain possession. The Bucs get a few yards and the clock runs out for the first quarter with the score 21-0 Bucs.
The Bucs aren’t able to get enough yardage for a first down, so they punt the ball. The Eagles get the ball and pick up some yards but are stopped by the Bucs at fourth and one. The Bucs have the ball at the 49 yard line with eight minutes and 34 seconds left in the first half. Branford’s Nick Eddington ran the ball to the seven yard line with a first and goal. The next play, the Bucs score again.
The Eagles get the ball at the 13 before it’s hiked and falls at the third yard line. It was second and 21 and the Eagles’ ball went into the end zone with a safety giving the Bucs another two points bringing the score to 30-0.
The Eagles are able to get a first down and slowly move the ball down field. The Bucs received a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, but the Eagles get an offsides penalty the next play. The following play the Eagles fumble the ball and the Bucs gain possession. Branford’s Randy Wilson takes the ball to about the 30 yard line with nine minutes and 18 seconds to go in the third quarter. The Bucs move the ball some and a couple of plays later, score again thanks to Travis Bass.
The Eagles get the ball first and 10 at about the 40-yard line, but the Bucs get a penalty bringing the ball to the 50. The Eagles complete on a pass play earning them a first and 10. The next play, the Eagles’ center made a bad hike and they lost some yards putting them at about the 38-yard line. No yards were gained on the next play and they were looking at third and 17. The following play they completed another pass play putting them deep in Bucs’ territory. The Eagles were first and goal with about four to score. The Eagles receiver misses a pass in the end zone and it was third down and four again. The next play they try the pass and succeed with their first score for the night. With five minutes and nine seconds to go, after a no-good wide left kick, the score was 37-6, Bucs.
The Eagles kick to the Bucs and try an onside kick, but the Bucs get possession. The Bucs lost some yards on the play with third down and 12 to go at the 47-yard line. The Bucs picked up some yards making it fourth and six. The next play, the Bucs get a first down. The play after they’re able to get to the Eagles’ four yard line with first and goal. With two minutes and 13 seconds left in the third quarter, the Bucs are held at the four. The next play they are taken back a yard to the five with third and goal and held again. The clock was running out and the Bucs tried to kick a quick field goal, but it was no good with the quarter ending with 37-6.
The Eagles got the ball and didn’t fare too well and by fourth down the ball was on their 18-yard line and they were forced to punt. The Bucs receive the punt and Anthony Akers runs it in for another touchdown.
On their next possession, the Eagles aren’t able to make any real yardage and it was fourth down and eight. Instead of punting, they go for it and make their second touchdown for the evening and after their extra point kick, the score was 44-13, Bucs. The Eagles tried another onside kick, but the Bucs gained possession putting them at first and 10 on their 43. With six minutes and 45 seconds to go, the Bucs get an 18-yard run and a first and 10 on the 25-yard line. They picked up three more yards and were on the 22. Four minutes and 44 seconds to go, second down and five. The next play with a little over four minutes left in the game, the Bucs scored their final touchdown of the evening. The final score was 51-13.
“I thought we played well. We did a pretty good job up front,” said BHS Head Coach Roy Harden. “We out-manned them up front and it showed early.”
He said his players played hard and kept it up throughout the entire game. He said their concentration was now going to be on this Friday’s game against Bronson at 7:30 p.m.
“It’ll be a bigger challenge for us,“ said Harden. “It’ll be a tough game. I think they have a couple of skilled kids that we have to be concerned about. There going to match us size-wise really well.”
Harden added anytime they get a big win like they had it’s encouraging and keeps them excited and the momentum going.