High School Football: Buchholz Took Control Early; Defeats Santa Fe, 30-6

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—It’s a wrap for the regular season, after Buchholz defeated Santa Fe, 30-6. Citizen’s Field showcased two teams who are looking forward to the playoffs next week, but it was the Buchholz Bobcats who said goodbye to the regular season on a good note.

Santa Fe dug themselves a hole that they couldn’t get out of. The Raiders were responsible for four turnovers in the first half and penalties that worked in Buchholz’s favor.

fullsizerender-3The Bobcats clawed their way down the field and compiled three touchdowns and three field goals to end the night. Weiss drilled field goals from the 24-yard line, the 25-yard line, and the 20-yard line displaying why Buchholz doesn’t really need to go for it on fourth downs.

The only Santa Fe points came in the fourth quarter when Julien Cromwell threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Donavin Byrd.

Setting aside the penalties that hurt Santa Fe, a lot of credit goes to Buchholz’ defense for stopping the Raiders. Chris Rumph racked up three sacks for the Bobcat defense.

This cross-county Santa Fe-Buchholz match-up has only happened five times and, the Bobcats are leading the way in the series, now riding a three game win streak.


The Class 7A District Champions, Buchholz (7-2), are back at Citizen’s Field next week to host Oviedo Hagerty in the regional quarterfinals. The Class 4A runner-up, Santa Fe (4-5) will hit the road to face South Sumter for some regional semifinals action.

About Darwin Patterson

A senior at the University of Florida reporting on Gator sports, local Gainesville and surrounding area sports, and telling the stories of local athletes. Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida with a passion for telling people's stories and having fun doing it.

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