For the second week in a row, the Haughton Bucs found themselves in a tough battle with a District 1-4A team.
And for the second week in a row, the Bucs came out on top. Haughton used a strong running game to knock off the previously undefeated Woodlawn Knights 43-30 Friday at Independence Stadium.
The Bucs improved to 3-0 overall. Woodlawn dropped to 2-1. Haughton hosts Green Oaks Friday for homecoming. The Giants (0-3) lost to Fair Park 34-14 Thursday night.
“It was a tough one,” Haughton coach Rodney Guin said. “We made a couple of mistakes that let them get back in the game and it was a fight to the end.”
Haughton special teams mistakes set up two of Woodlawn’s second-half touchdowns. The Bucs muffed a punt and fumbled attempting to punt.
“We did some good stuff, but we’re making too may mistakes,” Guin said. “We ran the ball extremely well.”
Haughton rolled up 298 total yards with 277 of that coming on the ground.
D’Kovin Ware led the way with 143 yards on 12 carries, including a 78-yard touchdown run after Woodlawn had cut the lead to six in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Darius Brooks rushed for 52 yards. He only completed three of seven passes, but one was a 9-yard TD to Chris Douglas in the fourth quarter.
Kei’Untre Normandin had 50 yards rushing on eight carries.
The Bucs jumped out to an early 14-0 lead.
Woodlawn drove to the Haughton 27 on its opening drive, but the Knights fumbled it away. The Bucs then marched 73 yards for a touchdown, a 13-yard run by Normandin.
A fumble recovery at the Woodlawn 10 set up the second touchdown as Brooks scored from the one.
Woodlawn closed the gap to six midway in the second quarter. But the Bucs answered as Ware took it in from nine yards out. Nico Broadway’s third PAT made it 21-8 at the half.
The Knights cut the lead to five early in the second half. Antonio Woodfork answered by returning the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a TD to put the Haughton up 28-16.
Woodlawn wouldn’t go away, though. The Knights cut the lead to 28-24 early in the fourth quarter.
Brooks hit Douglas for the touchdown and followed that with a two-point conversion pass to Josh Lister to make it 36-24 with 7:04 left in the game.
The Knights came back again, scoring with 5:51 left in the game. The two-point conversion failed, cutting the lead to six.
Ware answered 25 seconds later with his long touchdown run.
LaVonta Gibson led the Bucs defesne with seven solo tackles and one assist. Duncan Smith had six solos and two assists. Harrison Voight, Terrence Sweeney and Garrett Paintin were all in on six tackles.
T’Marquiese Winfield and Matthew Davis each had an interception.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com