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Buford opens 2017 season against Indian Land on August 25th

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lancaster – The Buford Yellow Jackets open the 2017 season with a home game on August 25th, hosting the area rivals from Indian Land High School.

The opener is one of six home games this season for coach Tripp Watts’ squad, who look to improve on last year’s 3-8 record.

Buford also has home games with Lewisville, Cheraw, Franklin Christian, Chesterfield and North Central, while playing road games at Parkwood (NC), Lee Central, Central of Pageland and Andrew Jackson.

 Buford’s victories last season came against Franklin Christian, Chesterfield and North Central. The two region wins (Chesterfield and North Central) earned the Yellow Jackets a spot in the Class AA state playoffs where they suffered a first-round loss to Carver’s Bay.

The Yellow Jackets have a handful of returning starters on both sides of the ball with a few key performers seeing time as two-way players.

Offensively, quarterback Ryan Moore is back as a senior, having gained a great deal of experience in 2016. Expected to return as key receivers are Brett Sistare and Shylyn Wright, who also will play a lot on defense.

Senior Dalton Small returns as a running back/linebacker and junior Dwayne Bufford returns as a skill position player. Junior Justin Hayden is potentially a threat as a runner and receiver and will play in the secondary. Webber Moore also returns as a starter in the secondary and Noah Vincent is back as the top linebacker.

Among those expected to see time along the offensive and defensive fronts are Ryan Bailey, Zack Smith and Tanner Muennich.

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