ELIZABETH - Buffalo scored the first 14 points here Friday night at Wilson-Eismon Field, but it was all Wirt County after that as the host Tigers celebrated homecoming with a 48-14 victory.
The Tigers, now 2-4 with a home game next Friday against rival Williamstown, were surprised by an onsides kick to open the contest that was recovered by Isaiah Robinson.
Buffalo's Jordan Tucker, who entered the fray with 951 yards rushing, broke free on a 28-yard touchdown run to give the visitors at 6-0 cushion just 21 seconds into the game. After the Tigers stalled on their ensuing drive once they entered the red zone, Buffalo (0-7) drove for another score. Robinson had a key 34-yard run and Tucker's 27-yard TD jaunt, which was followed by his own conversion run, gave the Bison faithful hope of their first win with a 14-0 cushion.
However, that didn't turn out to be the case as the orange and black - using mainly a full-house backfield most of the night - pounded the ball the rest of the evening. The Tigers attempted just five passes and didn't complete any.
Wes Valentine, who finished with a game-high 135 yards rushing on 13 attempts, danced in from the 4 at 3:24 of the first as the Tigers finally dented the scoreboard. A Robinson fumble on Buffalo's next series was recovered by Justin Joy. Three plays later, Jake Linville went around the right end for a 21-yard TD scamper and Joy's two-point run tied it at 14 with 32 ticks left in the opening quarter.
Buffalo, which has next week off before heading to Fayetteville, managed just 5 yards of offense in the second quarter. Wirt County scored four times and led 42-14 at intermission.
Linville, who went for 129 yards on 15 attempts, had touchdown runs of 4 and 26 yards. Valentine added another 4-yard touchdown and Trent Hardbarger dove in for a 3-yard score with 0:55 left before the break. The Bison, who trailed 21-14 after Linville's 4-yard score, fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Hunter McCoy recovered it. That led to Linville's 26-yard TD that was keyed by the blocking of wideout Logan Kerby.
Valentine, Austin McVey and Seth Kerby each had a second-half interception of Buffalo signal-caller Connor Fields.
Cam Nelson added the final points of the night for the Tigers on a 6-yard touchdown. He went for 59 ground yards on nine attempts.
Tucker, who had 77 yards on seven carries in the first quarter, finished with 94 yards on 16 totes.