It wasn't as pretty as the first three, but it counts as win number four nonetheless.
Boyd-Buchanan overcame penalties, turnovers, general sloppiness and eventually visiting Howard Friday night, claiming a 28-18 nondistrict win over the Hustlin' Tigers.
"We've got some work to do, but we're 4-0 and I like the way we competed against a good, physical team," Buccaneers coach Grant Reynolds said.
The Bucs, who had moved up to No. 2 in Class 2A this week, had two potential scoring drives halted by interceptions in the first half but found plenty of success on the ground, even with running back John Hale nursing a sore ankle.
Quarterback Jim Cardwell ran for 156 yards and a touchdown and Rance Harden added two rushing TDs in the first half.
The Bucs' first score was set up by their defense, when they pushed Howard back 8 yards on its second possession and the Hustlin' Tigers had to punt from the end zone. Boyd-Buchanan took advantage of good field position after a short punt, needing just four plays to cover 27 yards with Harden scoring from 8 yards out.
Boyd-Buchanan forced a fumble on Howard's next possession, recovering at the Hustlin' Tigers' 15, and again Harden found the end zone. He leaped over a defender at the 2 on the 9-yard score.
The Bucs answered a Howard TD when Cardwell broke free for a 50-yard scoring run midway through the second quarter.
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