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Sports September 14, 2010  RSS feed

Bison fall to State Champs

by Vanessa Goodwyn

Aurelio Dominguez takes a handoff from QB Ryan Read and takes advantage of blocks by his offensive line. Van’Go’photo Aurelio Dominguez takes a handoff from QB Ryan Read and takes advantage of blocks by his offensive line. Van’Go’photo The BHS Bison faced their biggest challenge of the young season on Friday night, hosting Cayuga, last year’s 1-A State Champs. CHS brought a 16-game win streak to the contest, and a very effective passing game. Buffalo fell to the Wildcats, 20-32, in a game that featured a lot of big plays.

Buffalo had the first possession and senior Aurelio Dominguez and sophomore Dominic Jackson anchored the opening drive with good gains. BHS got on the scoreboard first when Dominguez dived in off right tackle to score from the 5-yard line. David Rodriguez split the uprights to put the Bison up 7-0 with 8:52 on the clock.

With Ryan Read and Jose Dominguez leading the defenders, the Wildcats were held to three-and-out in their first possession. Buffalo then strung together three first downs on the ground, but the drive fizzled and the Bison had to punt.

Bison fans like Marc Baxter found plenty to cheer about in Friday’s exciting game. VanBison fans like Marc Baxter found plenty to cheer about in Friday’s exciting game. Van On the Wildcats’ next possession, QB Jake Nash connected with a long pass for a touchdown plus PAT that would tie the game, with 2:20 on the first quarter clock.

A Bison fumble on 2nd down put the ball back in CHS’ hands, and the Wildcats went back to their aerial attack. Two plays later BHS’ Kyle Richardson picked off an interception -- his second of the year. The Bison managed a couple of first downs but found themselves punting again early in the 2nd quarter.

Tate Hartley and company kept the defensive pressure high and held the Wildcats to 3-and-out.

On the Bison’s next possession, freshman Logan Jones was in the lineup in his first varsity game. Jones attempted a halfback pass to Read, but was dropped deep in the backfield. The Bison had to punt from their own 11-yard-line and the Wildcats quickly took advantage of the good field position with Nash completing a 33-yard touchdown pass. The PAT kick was blocked by the Bison, and BHS trailed, 7-13.

Thomas Corbin catches his breath after pulling in his first pass of the season -- a 13-yarder good for a Bison touchdown. Thomas Corbin catches his breath after pulling in his first pass of the season -- a 13-yarder good for a Bison touchdown. Dominguez and Jackson were stopped cold on Buffalo’s next possession. Garrett Henson and Jorge Herrera led the defense in making a big statement late in the half. BHS forced a fumble, but CHS retained possession, and the QB was swarmed for a loss as the half came to a close.

Early in the third period, D.J. Jackson and Saxton Sims had big stops for the Bison to put the Wildcats in a 4thand 5 situation. CHS was able to convert on 4th down to keep their drive alive and went on to score, and lead 7-19. They were again denied the PAT, with Read and Jacob Rodell on the stop.

Travis Cunningham races upfield. VanTravis Cunningham races upfield. Van Travis Cunningham had a gutsy run on the kickoff return that sparked the BHS offense. Buffalo went to a hurry-up offense and quickly strung together three first downs. Aurelio Dominguez found the hole he had been looking for and a 20-yard gain. Jose Dominguez picked up another first. Then on 3rd-and-13 Read found a new receiver, hitting Thomas Corbin in the endzone for a touchdown. This time Rodriguez’ PAT went wide, but the Bison had closed the gap to 13-19.

The Wildcats did not allow Buffalo to enjoy the touchdown for long. Going back to their passing game, Cayuga scored on a threeplay drive to go up 13-25. In the next possession Buffalo could not generate a first down. Cayuga came back with their final TD, again on a pass, for a 13-32 lead.

The Bison were not ready to throw in the towel. Read scrambled out of trouble and aired out a long pass to Saxton Sims, complete to the 1-yard-line. From there, Aurelio Dominguez punched in his second touchdown. Rodriguez nailed the PAT kick for the final score of 20- 32.

Aurelio Dominguez was the leading rusher with 28 carries for 148 yards and 2 TDs. Jose Dominguez was 4 for 34 and Dominic Jackson carried 6 times for 22 yards. Read was 3 for 9 for 80 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. His receivers were Corbin (13 yards), Cunningham (42 yds) and Sims (25 yds).

The Bison defenders were led by Jose DOmingues (9 tackles and 1 sack), Read (8 tackles), and Henson (6 tackles). Richardson, Sims, Hartley, D.J. Jackson and Jacob Rodell contributed 4 tackles each.

Cayuga’s Nash threw for 224 yards and 3 TDs, and his main target was C.J. Wagner, who caught 4 passes for 114 yards.

THIS WEEK is BHS’ Homecoming, and the Bison will play Mildred. The 7:30 game will be preceeded by Senior Walk at 6:40. Halftime activities will include the crowning of the 2010 BHS Homecoming Queen. Join the fun!


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