In the first half, the Haughton Buccaneers struggled somewhat against the winless Southwood Cowboys.
The second half was a different story. After leading just 7-0 at the break, Haughton scored four TDs in the final two quarrters and rolled to a 35-0 District 1-5A victory at Independence Stadium.
Haughton improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in district. Southwood dropped to 0-5 and 0-2.
Haughton coach Rodney Guin said the Bucs played well on defense throughout the game. Haughton held Southwood to just 83 total yards. But the offense couldn’t take advantage of some scoring opportunities in the first half, including two penetrations inside the 15.
“We got penalties, that kind of stuff,” Guin said. “We just couldn’t get anything going on offense.”
That quickly changed in the third quarter. The Bucs scored two touchdowns, one on a 8-yard pass from Darius Brooks to Antonio Woodfork and the other on a Kei’Untre Normandin 1-yard run.
“We completed some passes down the field — one long pass and some other ones,” Guin said. “We just played better, a lot more focus and concentration that we didn’t have in the first half.”
Normandin added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and Pryce Curry hit Josh Lister for a 56-yard score.
Haughton’s first-half TD came on a 7-yard Brooks-to-Woodfork pass. Nico Broadway was successful on all five PATs.
For the first time this season, the Bucs had more passing yardage (191) than rushing (162).
Brooks completed nine of 13 for 135 yards and the two TDs to Woodfork with no interceptions. Woodfork had four catches for 61 yards. Mason Cordell had his best game of the season receiving with four catches for 60 yards.
D’Kovin Ware continued his outstanding season, rushing for 71 yards on just seven carries. Normandin added 59 on 11.
Harrison Voight led the way with three solo tackles and eight assists. Garrett Paintin had two solos and five assists. Duncan Smith was in on five tackles. DJ Monroe had three solos.
Haughton continues district play Friday against Byrd at Lee Hedges Stadium. The Jackets (4-1) lost to Parkway 20-6 Friday night.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com