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Bufford powers 'Canes past Hillcrest

Posted Saturday, September 10, 2011 by Sidney McClain

Bufford powers 'Canes past Hillcrest

Wren back scores four TDs

Wren's 17 Anthony Berendsen intercepts the ball intended for HHS 9 David Hopkins. Hillcrest High hosts Wren High for friday night football action.
 
Wren's 17 Anthony Berendsen intercepts the ball intended for HHS 9 David Hopkins. Hillcrest High hosts Wren High for friday night football action. / Ashley Tumlin
 
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SIMPSONVILLE — In its first home game of the season, Hillcrest Rams knew it was facing a powerful opponent in Wren.

It took only 60 seconds to find out just how powerful.

Wren's Levi Bufford scored in the first minute of the game and the undefeated Hurricanes never trailed on the way to a 45-17 victory.

“Levi Bufford ran very well on the offensive side,” Wren coach Jeff Tate said. “Four touchdowns -- that's not bad.”

Hillcrest (0-3) quickly showed its determination by putting together a successful drive sparked by an interception. At 5:15 in the first quarter, Chance Bryson threaded a 21-yard touchdown rush and the score was tied.

Wren's Dexter Jackson had a 20-yard catch at 2:57 and the Hurricanes snagged the 14-7 lead. But Hillcrest responded by forcing a Wren fumble. The Rams drove to the Wren 1, but settled for Jonathan Campos' field goal early in the second quarter to cut the Hurricanes’ lead to 14-10.

Wren (3-0) closed out the first half with two touchdowns: Caleb McClain's 7-yard rush and Bufford's second trip into the end zone on an 11-yard rush.

Trailing 28-10 at the break, Hillcrest returned to the field to score on its opening drive when Ki-jana Madden found David Martin for a 26-yard touchdown pass at 8:25. Wren fought back less than a minute later with Bufford's 1-yard rush for his third touchdown, and Bufford added his final touchdown on another 1-yard rush, and Wren led

42-17 late in the third period.

In the fourth period, Wren added a field goal with 6:33 remaining.

Hillcrest coach Greg Porter said his team was close to challenging Wren at times, but turnovers and a lack of the fundamentals proved the Rams' undoing.

“There were missed tackles on our part, and fundamentally we have to be more sound. We didn't take advantage of some opportunities we had in the end zone,” Porter said.

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