Two of the top high school football teams in the country met Friday night in an early clash of the potential forces Super-25.
Buford (Ga.) defeated Thompson (Ala.) 38-7. Despite the lopsided final score, the game was actually tied in the first half, with the only points coming on that touchdown pass from Dylan Wittke to KJ Bolden.
The score was sealed in the second half thanks to five sacks and several pick sixes by the Buford defense, one by Justin Baker and another by Bryson Banks.
At quarterback, Witke went 10-of-15 for 125 total yards passing and catching. The real star of the evening was, however Buford running back Justice Hayneswho totaled 93 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and added another score on a kickoff return.
Afterward, Haynes credited his teammates and looked forward to playing at Alabama, where he is committed – on AL.com.
“I like it … That’s how it’s going to be at Bama. There will be great players all around me. Every day we are 1 on 1. We push each other. … Just being able to compete with them makes me a better player.”
Buford hosts Mallard Creek (NC) this week while Thompson hosts Lipscomb (TN).