The state of Alabama is buzzing and for good reason. The Hoover Buccaneers in their first Corky Kell Classic, as well as the first team from out-of-state to participate, rolled over the North Gwinnett Bulldogs 38-14.

Buccaneers fans traveled to Mercedes-Benz excited for the challenge of playing one of Georgia’s premiere and best high school teams in the Bulldogs. This game meant a lot more than just a win for both teams.

However, it is the Bulldogs who jumped out ahead early. On the opening possession of the game, quarterback Ethan Washington broke loose for a 73 yard touchdown run as the Bulldogs led 6-0 with 11:13 to go in the first quarter.

Buccaneers quarterback Bennett Meredith and wide receiver Cotton Peters gave the Bulldogs defense trouble all night.

Peters took it to the house on a 44 yard touchdown pass from Meredith tying the game with 7:57 to go in the first.

Meredith went to work the next possession hitting KJ Law for an 82 yard touchdown pass on a screen pass to go up 14-7 late in the first quarter.

The Buccaneers were feeling themselves and could sense domination after this play.

In the second quarter, Peters was on the receiving end for his second touchdown of the night. This time catching a 30 yard touchdown pass to go up 21-7 with 10:38 left in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs had no answer at the time as they went three and out once again giving much momentum to a Buccaneers defense.

Meredith and the Buccaneers marched down to the Bulldogs four where Meredith finished the drive with a four yard touchdown run ton increase their lead to 21 6:55 remaining in the second quarter.

The Buccaneers added a field goal putting their lead to 24 as 1:19 remained until halftime.
The Bulldogs went in their bag of tricks before halftime on a halfback pass as receiver Marek Briley connected with receiver Jack Johansen for an 80 yard touchdown. This cut the Buccaneers lead down to 17 as they went into halftime trailing 31-14.

It was not the Bulldogs’ day as the Buccaneers iced the game in the third quarter with a 34 yard touchdown run from Ahmari Williams to go back up by 24 points.

Meredith finished the game 16-26, 333 yards and three touchdowns. Peters led the Buccaneers in receiving with seven receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

Williams broke the 100 yard rushing mark with 119 yards rushing on 14 attempts and one touchdown.

The second team got reps in the fourth quarter for the Buccaneers as they celebrated their 31-14 win.

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