STATE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Buford at Stockbridge

Stockbridge will be tasked with facing Buford in Elite Eight play. (Special Photo: Ben Ennis)


Buford Wolves (Region 8)

Coach: John Ford

Record: 10-1 (6-0)

Last Week: 48-0 victory over Maynard Jackson

Stockbridge Tigers (Region 4)

Coach: Kevin Whitley

Record: 12-0 (8-0)

Last Week: 10-7 victory over Ware County

Stockbridge has advanced to the Class AAAAA Elite Eight, and will play perennial powers Buford High Friday night at Stockbridge High School. The game is a matchup between the No. 2 (Stockbridge) and No. 3 (Buford) ranked teams in the classification.

The Tigers are coming off a 10-7 win over Ware County, but had to overcome a slow start to do so. Stockbridge didn’t score until the fourth quarter. Buford topped Maynard Jackson 48-0 in their second round matchup last week.

“Buford is a great program and if we want to be in that conversation, we have to defeat great teams,” Stockbridge head coach Kevin Whitley said. “We are excited about the challenge and will get ready to play a very tough ballgame.”

Buford, as usual, is loaded with high-caliber talent. The Wolves feature three running backs — Tennessee commit Anthony Grant, Michigan commit Christian Turner and the highly coveted Derrian Brown — who have combined to rush for 270 yards per game. That trio runs behind an offensive line, led by Harry Miller, Carter Colquitt and Riley Simonds, all of which have Division I offers from Power 5 schools.

If Stockbridge is victorious Friday night, it would end a streak of 10 years that Buford has advanced to at least the Final Four of a state tournament. The winner of Stockbridge-Buford will play the winner of Rome-Starr’s Mill next Friday.

Location: Stockbridge High School

Time: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor.

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