The Bucks ran early and often Friday night against the Warriors of Carson Long Military Academy. The football experts say that players on turf are faster and that was definitely the case for Trent Risley and Willie Hopkins at Hubert Jack Stadium. Both players were able to rush over 150 yards each and help lead their team to a win.
Bucktail head coach Bruce Ransom had this to say about his rushing attack game plan.
"This team was expecting us to throw the ball more, Coach Ransom said. "They played a real soft 4-3 and that gave us the option to run with Trent or Willie or even Anthony Intallura with some quick hitters inside. Overall we felt really good about our offense and as far as running the ball we had a lot of success with it and it proved to be the difference tonight."
The Bucks were able to jump right out to a lead when Risley pounded in a two yard run to take the 6-0 lead. Carson Long came right back down and answered with a score of their own when Josh Kingsborough led a drive that ended in his hands with a three yard touchdown run. Bucktail would add two more scores thanks the legs of Risley and Hopkins.
At the beginning of the second the Warriors fought back with a 59 yard rush from Kingsborough to make the score 22-13 in favor of the Bucks. The two headed monster in Risley and Hopkins would each score another touchdown to make it 38-21. Risley would go to the air and find Josh Knauff for an 18 yard touchdown pass and catch. Finally to end the first half Hopkins would run it in from 35 yards to give the Bucks the 52-21 halftime lead.
Otto-Eldred 42, Cowanesque Valley 13
At Duke Center, Sam Colebert set Otto-Eldred's season and career rushing records as Otto-Eldred beat Cowanesque Valley. He had 1,308 yards this season and 2,584 for his career. He had 148 yards and 3 touchdowns on 25 carries Friday.
Cowanesque Valley finally got on the board in the second quarter with a four-yard touchdown run, and scored again on a 54-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Southern Columbia 47, Warrior Run 13
At Catawissa, Southern Columbia scored the game's first 7 touchdowns in beating Warrior Run.
Hunter Raup and Tyler Kling scored in the second half for the Defenders.
Mifflinburg 18, Lewisburg 15
At Mifflinburg, Mifflinburg hurt Lewisburg's playoff seeding by scoring 11 fourth-quarter points.
Logan Aikey and Luke Smith scored touchdowns for Lewisburg, and the Dragons added a safety with a ball snapped out of the end zone.