Offense sputters, Buffs lose to Holliday in playoffs
SWEETWATER â Defense just wasnât enough this time for the Stanton Buffaloes.
Holliday upended the Buffs run in the area round of the UIL football playoffs Friday in Sweetwater 16-0.
All the Eagles needed was two touchdown runs from Tyler Cole and a safety to move on in the playoffs behind a defense that limited Stantonâs best option on offense.
âThey took our running game away from us,â head coach John Peterson said. âThey were aggressive. We came out and gave it everything we had. It just wasnât the best Friday night.â
Stanton was held to 59 yards of offense, 47 of which came from from the ground attack. Quarterback Tyler Fulton was just 1-of-4 for 12 yards.
Hollidayâs 5-yard score from Cole and Stantonâs safety only had the Eagles up by nine heading into the fourth. But Coleâs huge 64-yard run in the beginning of the fourth broke the Buffsâ backs. He finished with 22 rushes for 183 yards. Adam Montez was the leading rusher for Stanton with 16 yards and Blake Evans had 14.
Amid an emotional atmosphere after the game, Peterson told his players they have a lot to be proud of this season. The Buffs finished 10-2, with the other loss coming to powerhouse Idalou.
âI just told them I donât care what happens, you win 10 football games in a season, youâve had an extraordinary year,â Peterson said. âYou need to keep your heads high. You represented Stanton well.â
The Buffs will lose key players such as Fulton and Grayson Gray, but Peterson is optimistic about this offseason and next year. Stanton has built a tradition of being a perennial playoff team and he expects that to continue.
âItâs now up to the underclassmen to carry the torch,â he said. âThey have to work hard and thatâs what weâll start doing to get prepared for next year.â
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