Madison Tankersly, in yellow dress, tosses candy to the crown durning Friday’s Buford Homecoming Parade. (Photo by Skyler Rowan)
By JIM GRIMES
It was Homecoming in Buford Friday: There was a parade. The BHS sophomore class made the best float and became the first class to claim a new trophy for the best homecoming parade float.
Madison Tankersly was introduced as Buford 2013 Homecoming Queen, during halftime pageantry.
And there was a football game. The visitor was Banks County, a team the Wolves thought they had beaten last year in Homer 63-0, only to have that victory snatched away when the Georgia High School Association determined that an ineligible player had gotten into a couple of plays late in the game and declared a forfeit.
Probably without planning that way, the Wolves pinned the visitors with exactly the same score as last year’s game, 63-0, and expect it to stick this time.
Three Buford quarterbacks were perfect, completing nine of nine passes for 175 yards and one touchdown; 12 running backs ran for 339 yards and the other eight touchdowns, led by Xavier Gantt, with 88 yards on four carries, one of them a 64 yard touchdown spring.
Senior Thomas Wilson ran three times for 51 yards on three carries, one a 51-yard scoring run, but also returned a punt 38 yards to the Leopard 1 on the first Buford touch, and had a 71-yard touchdown called back. Sophomore Martin Mangram had a 49-yard TD run, the longest gain of his young career.
Joshua Thomas on gained 17 yards on five carries, but found the end zone twice, while Ryan Coleman, Donte Gordon and Da’Mario Lott all scored on short runs.
Evyn Cooper gained 63 yards of 5 carries and also had a 23 yard punt return.
Isaac Nauta caught two passes for 64 yards and a touchdown.
But the offense’s performance arguably paled compared to the defense. Two weeks ago, Buford held Hancock Central to negative yardage after an 68-yard pass completion on the first play of the game.
There was no flaw like that pass this time. Banks County’s net total yardage was minus-5 on 34 plays.
That’s about as dominant as it can get.
That negative 8 rushing on 23 tries, and 2 of 11 passes completed for 3 yards.
See this week’s new Buford Weekly Illustrated, available all over town this coming
Wednesday, Oct. 2, for all the details for games the Homecoming Court and the pageantry.