Bucktail falls behind in loss against Nativity BVM

FARWELL — With humid temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, Bucktail and Nativity BVM knew it would be a sweaty slugfest on a rare Wednesday evening game, and that was exactly how things played out throughout the night in Farwell.

The Bucks actually had their fans thinking an upset was possible in the first half, playing solid on both sides of the ball, but Bucktail fell behind en route to a 34-14 Nativity victory.

It was a more typical Green Wave drive on their second possession, mixing up passes and runs leading to a Jake Ferhat 25-yard touchdown.

The Bucks would answer on their second possession on a drive that featured Liam Dwyer picking up yards through the air, often scampering for additional yards after the catch. Bucks quarterback Richard Perry hooked up with freshman Zach Pick who bobbled the ball for five yards before hauling it in for a touchdown.

Alex Intallura picked up a fumble recovery for the Bucks and Perry would lead his team down to the Green Wave’s 3 before the late first half drive stalled. Nativity answered with a 97-yard drive, capped off with a Ryan Schreffler 25-yard touchdown run just before the half, including breaking through two Bucktail tackles.

The 14-6 score at the break was a strong performance by Bucktail, but the second half would belong to Nativity. The Green Wave played the numbers game, able to substitute players, where the Bucks didn’t have the same answer to either their opponents or the humidity.

All of the second half momentum was owned by the Green Wave, as they rolled on to win.

With many of his players literally limping off of the field with exhaustion, the scene animated Bucktail coach Bruce Ransom who was more than proud of the effort.

“Seriously, look at them. Look at our 20 players — broken, hurt, feeling bad, yet they never quit. That’s the culture of Bucktail. We get every ounce out of every player,” Ransom said. “And look at the line of parents waiting to encourage them and of course at the front of the line is (Bucktail principal) Betsy Dickey. If you watched this game, you could not be more proud of these players tonight.”

The coach went on to express his appreciation for his younger players, who as he described are “learning on the fly” on every single play.

“Zach Pick does not back down. He got crushed early in the game. He’s literally learning on the fly, yet he led the team in tackles in our game against Vo-Tech,” said Ransom of the two-way starter. “You’d never know he’s 14 years old.”

“Speaking of just 14 years old, Tristan Probst, we put him on their No. 2 receiver tonight, man-on-man, and he held him to zero catches. I have nothing but appreciation for what these kids played through tonight,” Ransom added.

The Bucks (1-2) will now have this Friday off before hosting Canton next Friday.

Nativity BVM 34, Bucktail 14

Nativity BVM 7 7 7 13–34

Bucktail 6 0 0 8–14

First quarter

Nativity–Jake Ferhat 25 run (Cody Miller kick), 5:47.

B–Richard Perry 20 pass to Zach Pick (pass failed), 2:25.

Second quarter

Nativity–Ryan Schreffler 29 run (Miller kick), 2:05.

Third quarter

Nativity–Raphael Muldrow 3 run (Miller kick), 5:20.

Nativity–Ferhat 3 run (Miller kick), 2:23.

Fourth quarter

B–Liam Dwyer 2 run (Perry run), 6:57.

Nativity–Ferhat 15 run (kick failed), 0:32.

NOTE – Team and individual statistics were not available.