CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Buffalo had about half the game plan it needed to hang with unbeaten Wahama last week.
Owing to a quirk in the Class A playoff scheduling, the No. 14 seed Bison (7-3) gets a do-over tonight when it travels to Point Pleasant for a rematch against the No. 3 White Falcons (10-0). Kickoff is set for 7:30.
Buffalo took the lead twice in last week's regular-season meeting at Wahama, but the White Falcons used a recovery of a fumbled kickoff return to bunch three touchdowns into the final 4:45 of the first half and take a 27-13 lead. They eventually won 41-13.
"We're just going to have to not give up so much yardage,'' said Bison coach Mike Sawyer. "We'll correct the defense a little bit and try to get a little bit tougher. Our defense was good at times, but we helped a lot of their drives continue.''
Buffalo was flagged 13 times last week for 100-plus yards in penalties, including five pre-snap infractions on linemen. Wahama's relentless ground game also eventually wore down the Bison and wound up with 342 yards on 51 carries, led by 145 yards and two touchdowns by fullback Zack Wamsley.
One area in which the Bison defense excelled was in controlling elusive halfback Kane Roush, a 1,000-yard rusher who was averaging 19 yards a carry before the last meeting. He was limited to 93 yards on 18 attempts.
Of course, that chore could prove difficult without perhaps Buffalo's top lineman, senior Jared Smith, who was ejected in last week's game and must sit out tonight's contest. Another senior starter, No. 2 receiver Garison Erwin, is questionable with a concussion suffered last week.
The Bison might lean a little more on senior quarterback Levi Jordan, who makes his 35th straight start under center. Jordan completed 16 of 20 passes for 201 yards and a TD last week and ran for another score.