TENNERTON — Head Coach Zach Davis’ team put together an all-around dominate performance to bring a four-game losing skid to an emphatic halt, crushing last the Grafton Bearcats this past Friday, October 21 at Freal “Red” Crites Stadium.
The Buccaneers won the battle up front, with both their offensive and defensive lines consistently imposing their will all evening. The guy’s up front dictated every second of this game for the Buccaneers. The offensive line generated big plays with their blocking, while the defensive line broke through the Bearcats offensive line for numerous tackles for loss whenever Grafton tried to test the waters with a draw, dive or toss, while creating space for their skill position teammates.
In what has been their most complete performance to date this season, the Buccaneers were clicking on all cylinders in all three phases of the game. Offensively, the Buccaneers gashed the Bearcats for over 450 rushing yards. Savion Farmer led the B-U rushing attack with 154 total yards, 144 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown on the ground and a single catch for 10-yards. Elijah Bryant also almost topped the century mark in terms of rushing yards, amassing 88 yards on 10 carries and two scores. Wyatt Morris enjoyed a solid game, toting the ball 7 times for 59 yards, while Ethan McCarty shined finishing with 52 yards on just two carries. One of McCarty’s two rushes was a 55-yard house call that marked the Buccaneers final score of the day.
Other notable performances from the Buccaneers talented backfield group included: Bryson Johnston with 7 carries for 46 yards, Landon Zirkle with 2 carries for 24 yards, Taiwo Thropp with 3 carries for 19; Liam Garcia with 1 carry for 15 yards, Cooper Antolini with 1 carry for 5 yards, Chase Hackett with 1 carry for 2 yards and Quarterback Dawson Tenney, who finished the game with 2 carries for 2 yards and two scored. Tenney scored two separate times from one yard out on quarterback sneaks, while also scoring once through the air. Tenney found tall, red zone target Carter Zuliani on a perfect pass at the end of the second half. Tenney finished the day with 25 passing yards on 2-for-3 on passing attempts.
Defensively, the Buccaneers completely negated the Bearcats rushing attack to the tune negative (-20) twenty rushing yards. The Bearcats could not put together a long-scoring drive against the Buccaneers swarming defense, culminating in the shutout. Even the Buccaneers special team unit got in on the fun; blocking a punt that led to a shot score just plays later.
With the convincing win over the Bearcats, the Buccaneers get back to their winning ways, improving to 3-6 and 2-2 in Big 10 Conference Play. The Buccaneers will hope to again enjoy the advantage up front and dominate with their physical, blue-color style of football as they traveled to take on the Preston County Knights this Friday, October 28.