The Haughton Buccaneers used a strong defensive effort to roll past the Green Oaks Giants 34-6 in a non-district game Friday night at Harold E. Harlan Stadium.
The Bucs will head into this Friday’s district opener against Southwood at home with a 3-1 record. Southwood (1-3) fell to Airline 17-0 in its 1-5A opener.
Haughton held Green Oaks to 138 yards total offense, including just 7 rushing, and eight first downs.
The Bucs also picked off four passes and recovered a fumble. In the last two games, Haughton has forced 11 turnovers.
“Defensively, we played great,” Haughton head coach Jason Brotherton said.
Greg Phill, Jalob Walker, Edgar Washington and Mario Cook had interceptions for the Bucs.
Duncan Smith had three solo tackles and five assists, according to Haughton stats. Darren Hicks had four solos, including a sack, and three assists. Mikhail Warren had four solos and a sack.
Harrison Voigt had three solo tackles and one assist. T’Marquiese Winfield had two solos and three assists.
Athough the offense had its moments, Brotherton wasn’t 100 pleased with the way the Bucs performed.
“It was sloppy,” he said.
Kynan Haynes scored on a spectacular 38-yard run in the second quarter.
“It was one of those where he ran all over the field and broke a whole bunch of tackles,” Brotherton said.
Hayes also caught a 12-yard TD pass from Pryce Curry to help the Bucs build a 21-0 lead.
Curry, who completed seven of 15 passes for 100 yards, scored Haughton’s first touchdown on a 29-yard run. He also scored the final one on a 1-yard run in the third quarter.
Nico Broadway continued his outstanding season, kicking field goals of 40 and 45 yards. He was also 4-for-4 on PATs.
The thing that upset Brotherton the most was the Bucs had three touchdowns called back because of penalties. All told, Haughton was penalized 14 times for 120 yards.
Lavonta Gipson led Haughton on the ground with 54 yards on 14 carries. Hayes had 46 yards on two carries. Mason Cordell caught two passes for 41 yards. Josh Lister had three catches for 39 yards.
Hunter Nesbitt returned three punts for 58 yards.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com