NAUGATUCK – The Buffalo Bison stampeded over the Tug Valley High School football team 19-0 on Friday night.
The weather was an undeniable factor Friday night as both teams spent most of the night sliding farther than they could run. There were multiple turnovers and penalties.
It was the definition of a mud bowl.
Buffalo, ranked No. 8 in Class A last week, lit up the scoreboard first when Dylan Lucas rumbled into the end zone from 3 yards out with 10:52 left to play in the first quarter. Drake Fertig added the extra point kick and the Bison led the Panthers 7-0 early in the first half.
Then the conditions got the better of both teams. The No. 10-ranked Panthers tried hard to get their passing game going and succeeded early in the game. However, a big sack by Buffalo stopped the Panthers short of the end zone late in the first quarter.
Buffalo used clock management well in the first quarter but fumbled with 12 seconds left. Tug Valley’s Jeremy Dillon recovered the ball and the Panthers started the second quarter heading down the field.
The Panthers could not gain yards because of penalties. They had at least three big gains called back because of mostly holding calls. At halftime, Buffalo still led the Panthers 7-0.
Jacob Hanshaw started off the second half by rushing 79 yards down field to put the Bison up by two scores. The extra point kick failed and Buffalo held onto a 13-0 lead.
Buffalo’s Lucas scored one more time with 3:51 left to go in the third quarter. The two-point conversion failed and that would prove to be the last score of the ballgame.
Buffalo improved to 5-0 with the win. The Bison offense totaled 346 yards of offense. The Bison had 135 yards in penalties.
The Panthers (4-2) finished the game with only 79 yards of total offense. They had 46 yards rushing and 33 yards passing.
Tug Valley is scheduled to host Valley Fayette this Friday at 7:30 p.m.