The Haughton Buccaneers came into Friday night’s game against the Southwood Cowboys as heavy favorites and then played like it.
The Bucs rolled to a 41-8 halftime lead en route to a 49-8 District 1-5A victory at Lee Hedges Stadium.
Haughton improved to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in district with its third straight win. The Bucs have won one more game than last season with two regular-season games left.
Southwood fell to 0-8 and 0-5. The Cowboys have lost 16 straight over the last two seasons.
“You expect to win and we did,” coach Jason Brotherton said. “But sometimes it doesn’t go that way and a lot of times it gets sloppy when your kids think they’re supposed to win, but we played well. We played sharp on offense — kind of dominated the line of scrimmage offensively for sure.
“Defense forced some turnovers. Overall, very pleased. Took care of business, made it a low stress night and did what we had to do.”
Cameron Townsend threw three touchdown passes and Lavonta Gipson scored three on the ground.
Townsend’s TD passes went to Emile Cola (32 yards), Peter Howard (4 yards) and Tristan Sweeney (10 yards). Cola, a senior seeing his first action since the season opener, finished with two catches for 47 yards.
Gipson scored on runs of 2, 5 and 7 yards. He rushed for 152 yards on 15 carries.
Eleven Bucs got to carry the ball in the game. Kynan Hayes had 51 yards on five carries.
Haughton only punted once.
Haughton’s Jalob Walker scored the only TD of the second half on an interception return. He had another interception and led the defense with five solo tackles and three assists, per Haughton stats.
Keyangelo Thomas and Hunter Harlan had one interception each.
Keyshawn Davis had four solo tackles and one assist. Sixteen players were credited with at least one assist.
The Bucs host Parkway on Friday. The Panthers (4-4, 2-2) routed Class 1A Homer 48-6 in a non-district game Friday night.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org