East Buchanan blows out South Harrison
By Chris Bils The St. Joseph News-Press
GOWER, Mo. — East Buchanan has built a juggernaut behind its quick-strike offense, but it took a lift from the defense to get the ball rolling in a 44-18 win over South Harrison Friday night.
South Harrison's defense bended but wouldn't break through its first two series, stuffing East Buchanan inside the 10-yard line on both, but a costly fumble allowed East Buchanan to scoop up the momentum in the battle of Bulldogs.
Defensive tackle Bubba Miller picked up the ball and went 35 yards untouched to give East Buchanan the lead early. The touchdown marked the first of Miller's life, giving him the feeling his team's offensive weapons experience on a weekly basis.
“It was breathtaking,” Miller said. “I've never had that feeling, so after it I was pumped. I was really excited and I knew that was going to be a real kick starter to the game.”
The scoop-and-score, followed by an interception by junior Austin Potter on South Harrison quarterback Stanton Blake, set the tone for the evening. The stops also showed that the finesse team from Gower can get physical with a downhill running team.
That was exactly what coach Kevin Bryan's team set out to prove against a South Harrison team that rushed for more than 300 yards against Hamilton in Week 1.
“I thought we did an excellent job of that,” Bryan said. “We were going to have our manhood tested this week, and and thought we did and I thought we answered it very, very well.”
East Buchanan's offense struck quickly following the interception, with senior quarterback Colby Rapp finding senior wide receiver Zac Johnson from 24 yards out to make the score 14-0 with 8 minutes, 56 seconds left in the second quarter.
Six minutes later, Rapp finished a 72-yard drive with an 8-yard strike to Potter that extended the lead to 20-0 with 2:17 left in the half.
Rather than take that lead into the half, Bryan burned his timeouts to get the ball back off a South Harrison punt. The plan backfired on the first play of East Buchanan's drive, when Rapp fumbled and South Harrison recovered 15 yards from the end zone with 37 seconds left in the half.
South Harrison converted on the very next play, with Blake hitting sophomore tight end Treyton Campbell along the left sideline to cut the lead to 20-6.
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