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Buford fall teams working to playoffs

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Buford— The Buford High fall sports teams are moving into the playoffs as the regular season closes.

The Buford High football Yellow Jackets took first place in the region and will advance to the Class AA playoffs this Friday night as a number one seed.

The Yellow Jackets will be hosting C.A. Johnson in the first round.

Buford is currently at number 15 in Class AA in the latest High School Sports Report polls.

The Yellow Jackets will enter the playoffs with a 7-3 overall record, and 6-0 in the region.

The season has been quite remarkable given that Buford started the season on a losing streak before getting hot in the region play.

Head Coach Tripp Watts and his Yellow Jackets won their first region title since 1997, and the first ever since moving up to Class AA. Buford has been getting great play from Justin Hayden, Brayden Phillips, and Tyler Griffin.

All were vital parts of Buford wrapping up the region title in a 21-0 over North Central on Oct. 26.

The Buford High volleyball team advanced to the Class AA playoffs as a second seed, under Head Coach Taylor Roberts.

In the playoffs, the Lady Jackets knocked off Ninety-Six in the first round, setting up a match up with St. Joseph’s, a one seed. Buford played tough but eventually lost out to end the season.

Buford had a number of key players this season, according to Roberts.

Hunter Allen was a senior captain outside hitter/setter, Lexie Sullivan was a junior libero, and  Paige Davis was a junior middle blocker.  Mary Grace Shaw, a junior setter, was also key for the Lady Jackets.

Other contributors included Ashley Taylor, Bailee Holden, Sophie Ribelin, Savannah Barnett, Emily Taylor, Avery Milhorn, Sydney Rabon, Hannah Boone, and Anna Beth Allen.

 

 

 

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