BULLARD – Buffalo might have been a 10-game winner, but the season ended here at Bullard ISD Stadium for the Bison on Friday afternoon, courtesy of the West Rusk Raiders – who now have a 10th win of their own.
The Raiders ran around, through, and over the Bison on Friday, both offensively and defensively, in this UIL Class 3A, Division II playoff game, a 35-0 shutout. West Rusk (10-1) advances to round three, and will face the winner of Newton and Rice sometime next week.
It was the Raiders’ sixth shutout this season.
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West Rusk already led, 28-0, at halftime, and then put the icing on the cake. In the second half alone, D.J. Hart intercepted two Buffalo passes and Tyree Wilson recovered a fumble.
After Wilson’s fumble recovery at Buffalo’s 28-yard-line, the Raiders faced a fourth-and-7 at the 25. L.J. Harper hit Levi Hughes on a short pass in the flat and Hughes tip-toed down the sideline for a touchdown with 9:02 left in the third. He kicked his own extra point for the 35-0 score, the eventual final.
In the first half, the Raiders scored on drives of 80, 74, 60, and 51 yards. On their second possession of the game, West Rusk started at its own 20. After two plays for loss of yardage, Harper ran for 41 yards to Buffalo’s 46. With 2:58 left in the first quarter, Gage Whitlock scored on a 25-yard touchdown. Hughes’ point after was good to give WR a 7-0 lead.
After a 12-yard sack by Wilson, and a pass break-up by Hughes, the Raiders took over at their own 26. A 74-yard drive was capped by Harper on an 18-yard run. Hughes’ point after gave WR the 14-0 advantage.
They would score twice more in the half, of course. Darien Johns got a 15-yard sack that halted the Bison on the next drive, and Hart took one play to score from 60 yards away with 3:04 left in the half.
The final score of the first half was set up on an interception by Diego Molina at midfield. Dylan Walker got 33 yards on a reverse option pass by Hughes, and Harper scored later from 4 yards out. Hughes was 5-of-5 on extra points in the game.