WESTVILLE — With everything on the line Friday night — the Coal Bucket, playoff hopes and the pride of beating their biggest rival — the Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman Buffaloes flat out played their best game of the season.
The Buffaloes had a great defensive showing that didn’t allow points until the final quarter and were led offensively by senior captain Dylan Bina in a 33-13 victory over the Westville Tigers in the Coal Bucket game.
“It’s a great feeling,” Bina said. “This game is so hyped up. It’s something Georgetown and Westville look forward to and you get so much encouragement from the towns, and they brag about you when you play well.”
Bina had an exceptional game, and was truly the team’s workhorse. Thirty of the team’s 49 offensive plays were Bina rushes. He picked up 262 yards on the ground with three touchdowns.
Or as Buffaloes coach Josh Cavanaugh put it — “He went into ‘Beast Mode.’”
Bina was not once stopped behind the line of scrimmage and had no gain only once.
“He just wasn’t going to be tackled,” Cavanaugh said of his running back. “He played out of his mind. And a lot of that credit to how well the offensive line played too, they showed up tonight.”
Bina also gave credit to his blockers up front acknowledging how important they were to his big night.
“Any play coach called, the o-line made it work. They allowed me to break away and get where I needed to go.” Bina said.
With both teams relying on the run, the first half went rapidly. Westville entered the red zone a couple of times but the Buffaloes defense denied them a score.
Meanwhile, the Buffaloes scored twice, once in each of the first two quarters. First came a 42 yard run by Bina and then with just 21 seconds left in the half, quarterback Ethan Sliva connected with Dylan Mills on a 10-yard pass. With both extra points made, the Buffaloes led 14-0 at halftime.