BUFFALO - While Buffalo's offense has had its peaks and valleys thus far, the Bison defense has been a constant on which the team has relied.
On Friday night at Vic Ferrari Field, the Bison defense lived up to its billing until Buffalo's quick-strike offense arrived.
The Bison was working on its third shutout of the season until Richwood's Brendan Gumm scored on a 41-yard run against the backups with just over two minutes remaining. Still, the effort was enough for Class A No. 14 Buffalo to secure a 36-8 win.
Bison quarterback Levi Jordan hit Garison Erwin on a 40-yard throw on play action for a touchdown, and a 41-yard connection from Jordan to Laythen Good set up a 7-yard scoring run for Jordan Tucker as Buffalo built a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Thanks to stellar defense that bent but never broke, that was enough for the Bison to kick it into cruise control.
"Our defense has stepped up all year," Buffalo coach Mike Sawyer said. "We've given up some yardage here and there but we've stiffened up when we need too. Coach [Jimmy] Tribble does a real good job with them and he gets them ready and they're getting better each week too, so that helps."
With a 14-0 lead in the third quarter, the Buffalo offense officially joined the party as the Bison scored touchdowns on three of its next six plays, including passes of 59 and 77 yards from Jordan to Good and Tucker, respectively. Good also found the end zone on an 18-yard run after a Richwood fumble.
The scoring tosses were hit on the same play, a slant pass on a one-step drop, with Good and Tucker doing most of the work after the catch.
"Momentum wins games and our wide receivers over the summer got together with me and we threw routes and got some chemistry, so that always helps," Jordan said.