Buford proved its ball club's savvy by mowing down opposition convincingly. Five of the Wolves' foes failed to score earning Buford a 97.35 Georgia Varsity Sports Vent Power Rating and the number one position for its class for the year. An estimated 7,000 fans watched as Buford took its thirtieth consecutive win.
An estimated 7,000 fans watched as Buford took its thirtieth consecutive win. Much like last year's 14-0-0 season, few challenged the Wolves on their way to the title, including GAC, which lost a regular season game in to Buford 35-10. Last year, Buford defeated Bowdon 35-13 in the Class A title game.
Both Buford and GAC claim Gwinnett County as home, so the event pitted the county's top rushers in a battle for bragging rights. Buford's Darius Walker totaled 178 yards in three quarters, leaving GAC running back Micah Andrews coming up short. Andrews led Class AA with 2,871 yards for the season, including 141 Friday, and broke several runs for first downs, but failed to complete scores in the title match.
Two defensive scores overwhelmed GAC; Jakirra Millsap intercepted the ball in the third quarter completing one score while Alfonzo Stanley snagged the ball from Jeremy Chupp on a third-down pass attempt, and Neil Brown, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound nose tackle, took it in for Buford's third score. The defensive performance underlines Buford Coach Dexter Wood's dictum: Defense builds championships. "(Millsap's) as good as there is when he gets behind his shoulder pads and does what he can do," Wood commented to Gwinnett Daily Post reporter Corey Clark. Wood commented that winning the state championship game is his greatest accomplishment as a coach. This coach has done it twice.