Mountain Brook, AL – In Thursday night’s Class 6A opening round playoff clash at Spartan Stadium, Mountain Brook punched their ticked to the second round of the Class 6A postseason with a 35-14 victory over the Buckhorn Bucks.
Buckhorn’s season comes to a close at 6-5, 3-2 in Region 8 play, marking their most successful campaign since 2015. Mountain Brook (8-3, 5-1) now advances to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs where they will face the winner of Friday’s clash between the undefeated and No. 1 ranked Clay-Chalkville Cougars (9-0) and the 5-5 Cullman Bearcats.
Eighth ranked Mountain Brook dominated on offense, pilling up 447 yards of total offense while holding the Bucks to 230.
Mountain Brook lit up the Spartan Stadium scoreboard early, capping their opening drive with a 30-yard touchdown strike from quarterback John Cooper to Stuart Andrews. Clyde Beavers then picked off a Buckhorn pass, setting up an 80-yard touchdown connection between Cooper and Cole Gamble.
Gamble started the second quarter with a 1-yard dash into the end zone. He later added a 21-yard touchdown run, giving the Spartans a commanding 28-0 lead at the break.
After forcing a three-and-out on Buckhorn’s initial possession of the second half, the Spartans quickly extended their lead as Gamble scampered into the endzone from 25 yards out, putting Mountain Brook up 35-0 early in the third quarter.
Buckhorn (6-5) responded with a grueling 13-play, 70-yard drive that ended the third quarter with a 2-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Myles Anglin to tight end Wyatt Owen. The Bucks added another score halfway through the fourth quarter, as Abram Aguilar connected with Jayden Crutcher from 26 yards out.
Gamble shined in the running game with 22 carries for 179 yards and three touchdowns, while catching two passes for 93 yards and a touchdowns. Cooper completed 7-of-16 passes for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Andrews hauled in two receptions for 37 yards and a score.
For the Bucks, quarterback Jack Rupe finished the night with 89 yards, completing 13-of-22 passes. Shamarion Landrum carried the ball 25 times for 90 yards. Crutcher caught seven passes for 75 yards and a fourth quarter touchdown.