Saturday, November 1, 2008

High School Football : A look inside of Riverheads @ Buffalo Gap



It's Pickle Time in the Red Zone & The Radio guys from Rebel 95.5

SWOOPE - Box Score from the game...


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Bison 21, Gladiators 14


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Riverheads...7...7...0...0-14


Buffalo Gap..7...7...0...7-21


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Scoring:


1ST Quarter-


Riverheads - Demetrius Younger 2 yard run (Skillman Kick) 10:24


Buffalo Gap- Pickle Nuckols 8 yard run (Rosenfeld Kick) 1:24


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2ND Quarter-


Buffalo Gap - Pickle Nuckols 1 yard run (Rosenfeld Kick) 6:08


Riverheads - Joseph Cash 11 yard pass from Cameron Brown (Skillman Kick) :13.4


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3RD Quarter-


NONE

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4TH Quarter-


Buffalo Gap - Pickle Nuckols 5 yard run (Rosenfeld Kick) 6:05


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Drive by Drive Break Down:

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1ST Half

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Gap - Fumbled Opening Kick Off :12 seconds

RH - 4 plays / 16 yards / Touchdown 1:24

Gap- 3 plays/ 3 yards / 37 yard punt 1:20

RH - 11 plays / 40 yards / Interception 5:08

Gap- 5 plays / 26 yards / Touchdown 2:32

RH - 6 plays/ 23 yards / 35 yard punt 3:31

Gap- 8 plays/ 60 yards / Touchdown 3:45

RH - 16 plays/70 yards / Touchdown 5:55

Gap - 1 play / 0 yards / Interception :13

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HALF TIME -

Riverheads- 37 plays / 149 yards / 15:58 Time

Buffalo Gap-17 plays / 89 yards / 8:02 Time


First Downs - Riverheads 12 , Buffalo Gap 5

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2ND Half

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RH- 7 plays / 19 yards / 33 yard punt 4:03

BG- 3 plays/ 0 yards/ 26 yard punt 1:36

RH- 3 plays/ 5 yards/ 30 yard punt 2:06

BG- 11 plays/ 46 yards/ 4TH Down 5:52

RH - 3 plays / (-5) yards / 21 yard punt 1:22

BG- 6 plays / 36 yards / Touchdown 2:56

RH- 8 plays/ 37 yards / 4TH Down 3:37

BG- 7 plays/ 40 yards / End Game 2:28

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2ND Half Totals

Riverheads - 21 plays / 56 yards / 11:08

Buffalo Gap - 27 plays/ 122 yards/ 12:52


First Downs - Buffalo Gap 9 , Riverheads 2

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Totals for Game:

Riverheads - 58 plays /205 yards /27:06

Buffalo Gap - 44 plays/211 yards / 20:54


First Downs - Buffalo Gap 14, Riverheads 14

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More details than I would normally post from my game notes but I kept thinking that Riverheads played a near perfect first half and the credit goes to Coach Castro and his squad for executing the game plan so well.


37-17 advantage in plays for the Gladiators and 2 to 1 in time . Michael Johnson was the Bison that kept his squad in the game while Coach Maxwell searched for answers. Johnson had two big plays in the first half...

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Johnson gathered in a pass that had bounced off the shoulder pad of its attended receiver and by the time that Riverheads could bring the speedy Senior down he had returned the interception 40+ yards.. RHS was driving for a second TD that would of given the visitors a 14-0 lead but MJ gave the Bison a 1ST & 10 at the RHS 26 yard line.

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Pickle Nuckols carried it 5 straight times to cover the 26 yards and instead of 14-0 it was knotted at 7-7... Thunder and Lightning at their best... Johnson returned the kickoff following the RHS early TD out to near midfield (33 yards). They should create a separate set of stats for the Amazing Mr. Johnson.

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Maxwell and his defense took over the game coming out of the locker room. Did I mention that Johnson spearheads the Bison "D"?. Riverheads first 3 possessions for the second half netted 13 plays and 19 yards. While the Riverheads played a near perfect offensive first 24 minutes, the Bison defense played even better in the second half.

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Nuckols punched the ball into the end zone for the 3RD time with 6:05 remaining in the game but Riverheads still had time to answer. Montana Puffenbarger returned the kick off 21 yards to give RHS a 1ST & 10 from their own 36. But after 3 more plays the Gladiators were facing a 4TH & 1 and still in search of their second first down of the half.

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Cory Sandridge gave the large RHS gathering hope when the Junior broke through the line and scampered 21 yards. A new set of downs at the Bison 34 yard line and still 4 minutes on the clock. Gap's defense tightened up once again and RHS faced another 4TH down but this time it was 4TH & 3. The Gladiators had run 20 other second half plays besides the Sandridge run had but 35 yards to show for it so Castro knew he needed a big play.

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Cameron Brown rolled out and looked for Joseph Cash but the ball fell to the ground and the Gap defense headed back to the sideline. The clock read 2:28 and Riverheads had all 3 time outs remaining. I figured Gap needed 3 first downs to finish off the contest and that meant it was Pickle time...

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1 & 10 (27) Pickle 18 yards

1 & 10 (45) Pickle 2 yards

2 & 8 (47) Logan Huff 4 yards

3 & 4 (49^) Pickle 6 yards

1 & 10 (43) Pickle 6 yards

2 & 4 (37) Pickle 5 yards

1 & 10 (32) Ryan Sheridan takes a knee... Game Over ... Gap 9-0

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Four things to take from the Game-


1. Riverheads played a near perfect game in the first half

2. Zero personal fouls committed by either side, just a minimum of 5 yard flags

3. Pickle didn't have his biggest #'s game but he netted 3 TD's and when he had to run out the clock he protected the ball (5/37 yards)...

4. Michael Johnson is Scary Good - Perfect for a game that proved to be a Halloween Treat !

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Check out the gamers at http://www.newsvirginian.com/ and (By: Steve Cox) http://www.newsleader.com/ and I am sure that Mr. Jim Sacco will have something interesting to say on his Blog at the News Virginian...

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