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Buffaloes top Gretna 35-12 in playoff opener

Buffaloes top Gretna 35-12 in playoff opener

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The Buffaloes defeated Gretna 35-12 in the opening round of the Region C playoffs Friday at Floyd. The Buffs will play at Glenvar in the regional semifinals Friday.

After stopping the Hawks’ first drive on downs, Floyd started its own drive with a 40-yard halfback pass from Jared Nichols to Tyler Fenton. The drive stalled, but Floyd got the ball back less than a minute later when Jarrett Agee intercepted a pass by Gretna’s Tabron Mabins at the Hawks’29.

Agee got the game’s first touchdown on a three-yard carry. Gonzalo Lopez kicked the PAT, and Floyd led 7-0 at the 5:49 mark.

Gretna scored on a 49-yard pass from Mabins to Dominick Meeks early in the second quarter. The PAT run failed, and Floyd led 7-6 at 11:12.

The Buffs answered with a drive starting at the 45. Agee capped the drive with his second touchdown, this one a two-yarder, and a blocked PAT kick left Floyd ahead 13-6 at 7:59.

Floyd got one more score before halftime, as Ian Bary scored on a 10-yard keeper. Bary then threw the PAT pass to Austin Gallimore to give the Buffaloes a 21-6 lead at 3:22.

Floyd fumbled the second half kickoff at the 31 but got the ball back on a fumble at the six. The Buffs kept the ball nearly seven minutes but were forced to punt.

Gretna put together an 87-yard drive in less than two minutes. Mabins completed two long passes and then scored on an 11-yard run around the right end. The PAT pass was incomplete, and Floyd led 21-12 at 2;20.

The Buffaloes started another scoring drive late in the third, which concluded when Agee got his third rushing score of the game on a 6-yard carry. Lopez kicked another PAT, and Floyd led 28-12 at 7:55.

Floyd drove to the 12 on its next possession, but lost a fumble. On Gretna’s next play, Mabins threw a pass to Travis Hogan, who caught the ball and dropped it.

Players from both teams stopped, thinking it was an incomplete pass, but Gallimore realized the whistle had not blown and the play was a fumble, and he scooped up the ball and returned it to the Hawks’s 24.

Yates carried three times, getting the touchdown on a five-yard run, with Lopez’ kick making it 35-12 with 1:40 left.

After the completion to start the game, Floyd got all of its yardage on the ground. “Our line played really well,” said coach Winfred Beale.

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