Bison Bolt Past Blues, 48-0

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Buffalo Gap’s Running Attack Too Much For PM

It was another totally dominant performance on Friday night, and again, the Parry McCluer High School football team was the victim of an offensive assault. The Fighting Blues struggled for most of the night, as Buffalo Gap rolled to a 48-0 victory on its home field in Swoope.

The Bison’s lethal running attack, led by Seth Fitzgerald and Tucker Kiracofe, was simply too much for the Blues (0-2) to handle. In the first half alone, Fitzgerald and Kiracofe combined for 235 yards and five touchdowns.

Following a 42-0 road loss against a very talented Clarke County team, Gap (1-1) came to play in new head coach Brad Wygant’s home debut.

From the onset, the game was a far cry from last season’s matchup in Buena Vista, which was a thriller that ended in a 42-41 overtime Buffalo Gap victory. PM managed over 520 yards of total offense in that game, but on Friday night they found themselves struggling to find any offensive production.

Gap ran its old-school single-wing offense, and the Blues were unable to solve the puzzle all night.

The Bison set the tone on their first possession of the game. They quickly marched 70 yards on a nine-play drive, which was capped off by a 6-yard Kiracofe touchdown run, followed by a two-point conversion run.

The Blues looked promising on their first possession as well and quickly picked up a first down. However, the drive was stymied when Colton Painter threw an interception across the middle.

Three plays later, Gap found the end zone again and established a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter.

PM’s offense looked lost on its second possession and was forced to punt the ball away after failing to gain any positive yardage. Gap kept their foot on the gas pedal and easily marched down the field for a seven-play, 76-yard TD drive. Following a two-point conversion pass, the Gap was ahead 22-0.

Not letting up, the Bison successfully executed an onside kick. On Gap’s first play from the PM 48-yard line, Bryce Hildebrand swept around the right side of the field and found the end zone again for the Bison.

The Blues found themselves searching for offensive answers, but running backs Nick Reid, Ethan Moore, and Eric Jimenez were consistently unable to find any daylight against Gap’s physical defense.

The Gap linemen – led by Jakai Johnson, Jacob Arnold, and Jacob Craig – asserted their will and made numerous tackles for loss.

The Bison were well prepared to face the Blues’ straight-T offense, and they put Painter under duress all night.

Like the previous Friday, against Rockbridge County, turnovers hurt the Blues. At the end of the first half, inside the final 1:30, Gap tacked on two more TDs. First, Fitzgerald threw a beautiful pass that was caught for a touchdown. Then, following a Blues fumble, Kiracofe found the end zone again to secure a 42-0 halftime lead as time expired.

The Bison kept pressing to open the third quarter. They forced the Blues to punt the ball away on their opening possession and then capped off another scoring drive with a 17-yard Fitzgerald TD run.

The second half was better for the Blues defense and they only allowed six points. Trey Orren, Forrest Vassar, and Brendan Conley all made key tackles for loss to prevent the Bison from further extending the lead.

PM speedster Keaton Coleman saw playing time at quarterback in the second half and made several explosive running plays. Coleman’s best run of the game, an apparent 35-yard TD run which would have given the Blues their first score of the season, was unfortunately called back for a holding penalty.

PM’s Ethan Moore also had several positive kick-off returns in the second half and was impressive in his time at RB.

Holden Kerr led the Blues in tackles and helped steady the Blues’ defense in the second half.

On offense, there was talk before the game of former Rockbridge County quarterback Ty Ruley, who transferred to PMHS last week, playing, but he didn’t suit up.

In the previous week’s game, the Blues’ 62-0 loss to RC, Ruley ran 110 yards and three TDs for the Wildcats.

On a night when the Blues struggled to find any success on the ground or through the air, PM missed what Ruley might have provided for the offense. The Virginia High School League declared Ruley eligible last Friday, PM athletic director Mike Cartolaro confirmed.

PM will try to bounce back next Friday at 7 p.m. when they hit the road for a matchup against James River (1-1) in Buchanan.

PM 0 0 0 0 0

BG 14 28 6 0 48

First Quarter BG – Kiracofe 6 run (Holden run)

BG – Hildrebrand 30 run (pass failed)

Second Quarter BG – Kiracofe 3 run (Conner pass from Fitzgerald)

BG – Hildebrand 49 run (Fitzgerald run)

BG – Holden 11 pass from Fitzgerald (kick failed)

BG – Kiracofe 9 run (kick failed)

Third Quarter BG – Fitzgerald 17 run (pass failed)

Fourth Quarter No scoring

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