BUFFALO — Coming down the home stretch of the season, Buffalo gathered up enough offensive momentum to pull out its first victory of the season, a 33-13 decision over a rebuilding Valley team on a brisk senior night at Buffalo Stadium.
The Bison opened the game with a statement as they used over 6 minutes to pound their way downfield on the rushing of Elijah Brock and got a score on a 4-yard run by Chase Lovejoy to take an early 7-0 lead.
“Our offensive line played a really good game tonight and I am happy for our seniors,” said Bison coach Brian Batman. “We challenged them and kept gaining confidence. We were 0-4 on this field and it feels good to get the win and get the monkey off our backs. It was also our last home game of the season.”
The Greyhounds struggled to get their offense untracked as they garnered only 3 yards of offense in the first quarter on six offensive plays and only 60 total yards in the first half. They found a spark on the running of Kaleb Crisp, driving to the Buffalo 25-yard line, only to have the drive end on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty midway through the second quarter.
“It really hurt to lose our quarterback. He’s been fighting a shoulder injury,” said Valley coach Warrick Smith. “We got behind early and it was hard to come back.”
Buffalo scored again on a Caleb Marcum 1-yard run to increase the lead to 14-0 near the end of the first quarter.
Bison quarterback Jackson England threw a 32-yard pass completion that was fumbled by the receiver, giving the Greyhounds the ball on their own 13-yard line with 1:03 until halftime.
But Buffalo caught a break when Valley had a bad snap on the next play and the Bison recovered. Three straight Brock runs led to his 1-yard touchdown burst to increase the lead to 20-0 at the break.
“I’m proud of my guys. They’re hanging in there and we’re getting somewhere. They haven’t given up yet,” added Batman.
Valley came out in the second half using a different offensive set that resulted in a 63-yard touchdown run by Crisp on the Greyhounds’ first play from scrimmage to draw within two scores at 20-6. However, they could not overcome the early deficit the rest of the way.
Crisp led Valley with 12 carries for 95 yards.
Buffalo’s Brock finished with 98 yards on 18 carries while Marcum gained 68 on 14 carries. David Whittington added 67 yards on five catches.