CHARMCO - Buffalo certainly has a lot in its offensive arsenal.
But Friday night it was the defense that was the difference, as the Bison stunned Class A No. 1 Greenbrier West 29-20.
Buffalo (2-1) tallied two defensive touchdowns late in the first half and then held off a second-half charge by previously undefeated West (3-1).
Laythen Good recovered a fumble on an option pitch that he batted down and sprinted 44 yards for a score, and Levi Jordan returned an interception 82 yards for another - all in a 59-second span - to give Buffalo a 22-6 halftime lead.
"Our defense was the difference in this game,'' Buffalo coach Mike Sawyer said. "We had some kids who were out with injuries and some kids stepped in their place and played well. We bent, probably gave up a lot of yards, but didn't break.''
Up 7-6, Good lived up to his name by reading an option pitch by quarterback Malik Boatwright and batting it down, then had the ball bounce back to him and scored untouched.
"I was in the right place at the right time and I was lucky the ball bounced right back to me,'' Good said. "I mean, it came right back in my arms. I couldn't believe it.''
Less than a minute later, Jordan, better known for his exploits as the Buffalo quarterback, intercepted a Mikey Goddard pass that was batted at the line of scrimmage and returned it 82 yards for a score.
Just like that, the Bison had a 16-point halftime advantage.
"To win games like this, you have to take advantage of opportunities and our kids did that,'' Sawyer said.
The two turnovers were among the five surrendered by West.
"The difference in this game was turnovers,'' West coach Lewis McClung said. "You give up five, and they score on two of them, it's probably not going to turn out well. I give them credit. They played well and took advantage of the opportunities we gave them.''