Complete and utter domination.
That’s the only way to describe the first half of the Haughton Bucs’ 44-12 District 1-5A victory over the Southwood Cowboys before a large homecoming crowd Friday night at Harold E. Harlan Stadium in Haughton.
How dominant were the Bucs? Well, they rolled to a 38-0 lead, scoring almost every time they had the ball, and held Southwood without a first down.
In fact, the Cowboys didn’t come close to making a first down. The Bucs defense never even faced a second- or third-and-short situation. Southwood’s best play was the quarterback sneak.
“That was pretty good,” Haughton coach Jason Brotherton said. “Our defensive line was pretty dominant. That was the difference in the game. They just dominated the line of scrimmage. That makes everything else pretty easy. The offensive and defensive lines dominated. We’re very excited about it.
Haughton improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in District 1-5A. The Bucs host Byrd (0-5, 0-2), which fell to Parkway 40-16 Thursday night, this Friday. Southwood dropped to 1-4 and 0-2. The Cowboys were shut out for the second straight week.
The second half was academic with Haughton reserves getting a lot of playing time.
According to Haughton stats, the Bucs finished with 352 total yards to the Cowboys’ 28. Southwood had one first down in the second half. Southwood scored two defensive touchdowns on fumble recoveries against reserves.
Haughton racked up 283 yards rushing. Lavonta Gipson led the way with 95 yards on 13 carries. He scored on runs of 3 and 8 yards.
Josh Lister had just one carry, but he broke several tackles and turned it into a 64-yard touchdown.
Eleven Bucs had carries in the game.
Pryce Curry passed for touchdowns on the Bucs’ first two drives of the game. The first was a 9-yarder to Kynan Hayes and the second was a 7-yarder to Emile Cola.
Nico Broadway booted a 38-yard field goal, also in the first quarter. Lister’s TD run also came in the Bucs’ 24-point first quarter.
Romaine Poole scored the final touchdown on a 26-yard run.
Fourteen Haughton players were credited with tackles. T’Marquiese Winfield had four solo tackles and one assist. Mikhail Warren had two solos and three assists. Darren Hicks had three solos and one assists. Terrance Sweeney and Garrett Paintin both had two solos and two assists.
Eight Bucs were credited as being in on tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com