Trembly completed just 11 of 32 passes, but had some big connections and wound up with 202 yards in the air and ran for two scores. He was picked off three times (twice by Jordan and once by Isaiah Robinson) and sacked five times.
"They were bringing a lot of pressure, a lot of heat,'' said Wirt County coach Jason Hickman, "and we just didn't handle that very well tonight. We're playing a sophomore, a first-year starter, and they've got a fourth-year senior [in Jordan]. Sometimes it shows, but [Trembly] competes. He's a great kid and obviously he keeps fighting even though he makes mistakes. With 50 seconds left, we had a chance and that's all you can ask for.
"A few things didn't go our way. The thing that sticks out in my mind the most was the onside kick. We almost got it. There were so many things we almost did right, but we killed ourselves with penalties in the first half. We were moving the ball pretty well, then we'd get called for hands to the face - little things that just aggravate you to death. But when you're playing a great team like Buffalo, you can't have things go against you, and a good many of those did tonight.''
Buffalo gained, lost and regained the lead in the first half.
The Bison took the opening kickoff and moved 60 yards in six plays, with Jordan hitting Robinson with a 21-yard scoring pass.
The Tigers matched that with a 64-yard drive, including two Trembly completions of 30 and 24 yards. Trembly topped it off with a 2-yard TD run to tie it at 7.
Buffalo then gift-wrapped Wirt's second score, fumbling the ball away at its own 22 on the next snap from scrimmage. The Tiger picked up a first down at the 9, but were penalized back to the 24. From there on third-and-goal, Trembly found John Stephens streaking down the middle of the field by himself for a connection and a TD.
In the final 5:43 before halftime, the Bison bunched nine points on a 29-yard TD run by Legg and a 36-yard field goal by Jordan with seven seconds left.
Legg led all ball-carriers with 81 yards on 10 attempts. Jacob Linville had 12 carries for 70 yards for Wirt.
Wirt shaded Buffalo in a battle of 5-0 teams last year 33-29 on a fourth-down 1-yard scoring run by Dalton Brindo with 40 seconds remaining in the game.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.