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.
The 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.