Defense key in Stanton-Abernathy matchup

STANTON — The playoffs were already in hand, but Stanton didn’t want to end the season with a loss at Anson. It looked like the Buffaloes were going to have to abort that plan, down 15 at halftime.The Buffs never wavered though, scoring 36 unanswered points in the second half to win in Week 10. “I think it was just a matter of these kids here have always believed in what we do,” Stanton head coach John Peterson said. “We did get behind, they didn’t lose their composure, the coaches didn’t lose theirs. We went in at halftime and made some adjustments. We were able to come out and get going. We’ve done that several times in the past and they believe in it. “They wouldn’t expect anything less of themselves.”Peterson doesn’t think a performance like that will necessarily carry into the playoffs. But it may take that kind of persistence and attitude to advance in the playoffs this season. First on the list though, the Buffs will try to take down Abernathy in the bi-district round at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wigwam Stadium in Seminole.This one looks like it’s going to be a matchup of strong defenses.That’s been Stanton’s calling card all year. The most points the Buffs have allowed all season has been 23 in a loss to Idalou. That was one of three times Stanton (9-1, 5-1 in District 2-2A Division II play) allowed opponents to score in the double-digits.