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November 1, 2013

Buffaloes can see similarities with Cavaliers

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One of the biggest differences between Carlinville and Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman will be in the kicking game.

The Cavaliers have a punter T.J. Gray, who is averaging 42.8 yards a kick and he’s had seven of his 17 punts wind up inside of the opponents’ 20 yard line. Additionally, Carlinville kicker Barry Stewart is 5-for-5 in field goal attempts and the majority of his kickoffs have been touchbacks.

“There is a big difference between starting a drive on your own 20-yard line and the 40,’’ Cavanaugh said. “They do a really good job of flipping the field and the way they run their offense, that’s a big-time weapon.’’

After losing three straight, just winning the season finale over Westville and making the playoff for the second straight season is a big accomplishment for the Buffaloes.

“We got our confidence back last week,’’ said Cavanaugh, whose team won four of its five. “We had to play extremely well to beat a dangerous team like Westville. Hopefully, we can carry that over to the playoffs.’’

Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman is looking for its first playoff win since 2006. The Buffaloes, who are 8-14 in playoff games, were the state runners-up in Class 2A in 1994.

Carlinville has made six straight playoff appearances and the Cavaliers, who are 20-27 in playoff games, finished second in the state twice (1978 and 1993).

Saturday’s game is set for 2:30 p.m. kickoff in Carlinville.

IHSA Class 2A Playoffs Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman Buffaloes vs. Carlinville Cavaliers When -- 2:30 p.m. Saturday Where -- Carlinville High School Records -- Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman 5-4 overall; Carlinville 7-2 overall. Rankings -- neither team is ranked, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman did receive two votes. On the air -- none Last meeting -- First-ever meeting. Last week's results -- Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman defeated Westville 33-13; Carlinville defeated Litchfield 48-6. Next week's games -- Winner advances to second round and will play the winner of the game between Virden North Mac and Auburn. Statistical leaders Rushing -- Geo-RF/Chrisman: Dylan Bina 122 carries, 1,164 yards, 15 touchdowns; Troy Rodriguez 122-815, 10 TDs; Ethan Sliva 51-260, 3 TDs. Carlinville: Kinney Myles 129 carries, 1,500 yards, 14 touchdowns; Garet Gwillim 77-599, 11 TDs; LaDarius Dunlap 90-349, 6 TDs. Passing -- Geo-RF/Chrisman: Sliva 34 completions, 87 attempts, 7 interceptions, 465 yards, 6 touchdowns. Carlinville: Joeb Easterday 46 completions, 105 attempts, 4 interceptions, 588 yards, 8 touchdowns. Receiving -- Geo-RF/Chrisman: Rodriguez 14 receptions, 88 yards, 1 touchdown; Dylan Mills 13-190, 2 TDs; Bina 12-81, 2 TDs; Rylee Goodwin 6-84, 1 TD. Carlinville: T.J. Gray 11 receptions, 140 yards, 1 TD; Ben Rogers 10-122, 2 TDs; Thad Roberts 9-115, 2 TDs; Dunlap 5-83, 1 TD. Tackles -- Geo-RF/Chrisman: Dakota Chapman 51 solo, 13 assist, 64 total; Bina 37-12 -- 49; Colby Roberson 27-17 -- 44; Matt Penry 29-14 -- 43; Tyler Hart 16-18 -- 34; Skyler Reed 27-3 -- 30. Carlinville: Roberts 53 solo, 34 assist, 87 total; Jeffrey Hart 46-40 -- 86; Gray 42-17 -- 59; Ethan Dixon 29-28 -- 57; Gwillim 22-15 -- 37; Dunlap 19-11 -- 30.

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