The Branford Buccaneers (2-6-0) football players kept their cool in a heated game on Friday night against the Bishop John Snyder Cardinals (5-4-0) despite the Bucs’ 19-6 loss.
In a game with four injuries that required attention from the trainer and one that resulted in a Cardinal player that was placed on a back board and taken off the field by Suwannee County Fire/Rescue, to multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties called against Bishop Snyder, the Bucs remained composed, head coach Jason Bond said.
“They did a good job keeping their composure. There were several times where they could have lost it, but they didn’t,” Bond said.
Penalties marred the evening for both teams. The Cardinals had a total of 160 yards lost due to penalties with the Bucs close behind at 130 yards.
Bond said, “I was disappointed with the game. We made a lot of mistakes that we shouldn’t have made this late in the season. Bishop Snyder is a fundamentally sound football team and that made the difference in the outcome.”
At 10:03 in the first quarter the Cardinals’ Colin Culver caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andrew Luzzachini. Trent Guzak’s extra point kick was good, making the score 7-0 early on.
Immediately following the touchdown, Branford’s Cole Lamb caught the kick return and ran it all the way to the Cardinal’s sixth yard line. Lamb finished the job on the next play with a four yard touchdown run. He was one yard short on his attempt for a two-point conversion, setting the score to 7-6.
Guzak finished off the first quarter with a 24 yard field goal. The score at the end of the first quarter and first half was 10-6.
The Cardinals dominated the third quarter with a 15 yard touchdown run by Luzzachini and an extra point kick by Guzak, bringing the score to 17-6.
The Cardinals earned an extra two points during the fourth quarter with a tackle in the end zone resulting in a Branford safety. The final score was 19-6.
Branford will take on Lafayette High this Friday at Buccaneer Stadium.
“This is a big rivalry game for us,” Bond said.
He said the Bucs are capable of winning, if we “play a lot better than we did tonight [Friday].”
Robert Morris passed eight for 18 with 41 yards and two interceptions. Morris had six carries with a loss of six yards.
CJ Bradow had five catches for 28 yards.
Lamb had 18 carries for 89 yards with one touchdown and he had two catches for 10 yards.
Kenny Johnson had eight carries for 26 yards and had once reception for three yards.
Branford had 12 first downs and had a total of 150 offensive yards.
Bishop Snyder Stats
Luzzachini was six for 14 passes with 102 yards and one touchdown. He had eleven carries for 50 yards and one touchdown.
Guzak had two extra point kicks and one 24 yard field goal.
Culver had two receptions for 35 yards with one touchdown.
Mike Rom had two catches for 37 yards.
Christian Lucas carried the ball 13 times for 83 yards and had two receptions for 30 yards.
Travis McClain had two carries for 12 yards.
Norman Barlare had two carries for four yards.
Talbar Yazdia had two carries for a total of a one yard gain.
Bishop Snyder had 252 offensive yards with 14 first downs.