"It was preplanned,'' Meyer said. "I think both of them played very well. We feel like either one of them can do the job. I don't think that really had a lot to do with the comeback that we had. I think we had the big boys up front and at the end of the game, they played hard.''
Holbrook played the first half and threw for 114 yards and one touchdown, but was picked off twice. Americo entered in the second half and went 3 of 6 for 23 yards on short passes and ran nine times for 45 yards and one TD. Both QBs started games last year.
The Huskies, who trailed 29-13 at the break against Scott, got big second-half efforts from running backs Shaun Dotson and Colton Thomas. Dotson ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns and caught three passes for 104 yards and another score, and fullback Thomas carried 13 times for 76 yards and one TD.
"Colton and Shaun are both hard, physical runners,'' Meyer said, "and after pounding away for three quarters, those two kids get so many carries and both of them will hit you. It was a hot day and our line and those two backs had momentum on their side, and it took off from there.
"I think a lot of [the early deficit] was opening-game nerves. The kids put so much into it, I think they were a little nervous going in. We made some mistakes both offensively and defensively and got ourselves into a hole. But the other side of it was that they kept their heads up [because] we had another half of football.''
Every high school football team gets hit with injuries, but already this season, Buffalo's had more than its fair share.
First, the Bison lost perhaps its quickest and most skilled player, senior tailback Laythen Good, for the season to a knee injury during the three-week June practice period.
Then one of the team's four remaining seniors, receiver-slotback Gabe Garrison, tweaked his knee during August drills. He tried to play in Saturday's 42-12 loss to Parkersburg Catholic in Vienna, but was taken out of the game in the first quarter and didn't return because of his knee.
On the opening kickoff against Catholic, Buffalo lost its starting quarterback, senior transfer Austin Hensley, who injured his throwing shoulder making the tackle. That limited the offense the entire game, since inexperienced sophomore Ty Smith had to run the show with little preparation.
Smith became more comfortable as the game progressed, but the Bison's first four possessions went nowhere (six net yards, one turnover), bogged down by dropped snaps, bad handoffs and errant pitchouts. Buffalo didn't get a first down until 5:41 remained in the second quarter when it trailed 22-0.
"The thing is that all of our older kids are hurt,'' said Bison coach Mike Sawyer, "so the leadership's a little tough. We've got to grow up in a hurry. We've been practicing for a month, but it looked like we just started practice out there. We've got a lot of young kids and they've got to get better.''
Buffalo's 29-man roster includes 13 freshmen.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.