BY TATE RUSSELL
SUN SPORTS WRITER
West Greene's rushing attack proved to be too much for South Greene to overcome Friday night.
Johnathan Padgett rushed for 172 yards and Nathan Morgan added 131 as the Buffaloes pulled out a 27-20 victory on Rebel Hill.
Once Padgett made it to the second level, no one on the field could keep up with him as he scampered for three scores to carry the Buffs to their fifth straight Milk Can victory.
"Nobody could catch him once he got to the second level," West Greene coach Joe Case said. "He is as fast as anybody we'll see on the field."
"When he gets to the second level, he goes to another gear and that's a great thing to have for us."
The most important of those scores came with just over seven minutes left in the fourth quarter when Padgett popped through the line of scrimmage and blew by the defense for a 56-yard score that put the Buffaloes up 27-13.
South Greene would not go down without fight. They came out on the next drive and struck quickly with Hunter Waddell hitting Tim Lightfoot on a slant that went 65 yards for a Rebels' touchdown.
West Greene got the ball back with six minutes left needing to run the clock to prevent a South Greene comeback.
The Buffs ran the ball 14 straight times with South Greene knowing what was coming. Despite facing nine men in the box every play, West Greene was able to drive to the six-yard line and milk the clock all the way down.
"I'm really proud of how the guys handled the game at the end," Case said. "Hats off to that bunch. They played really hard. I'm proud of our kids, I'm proud of our coaches and proud we came away with a win tonight."
Nathan Morgan was tough down the stretch for the Buffs and gained 131 yards on the ground to compliment
Padgett. As a team, West Greene rushed for 290 yards in the contest.
West Greene struck first midway through the first quarter when Padgett powered through a series of Rebels' tackles for a 15-yard score.
The Buffs' defense gave them a 13-0 advantage when Dylan Kirk tipped a Waddell pass to himself and took it 30 yards for a score.
South Greene regrouped on the ensuing possession and drove the ball 80 yards on 14 plays capped by Preston Shuffler's six-yard touchdown run.
Shuffler finished the game with 111 all-purpose yards.
West Greene struck quickly to start the second half with Padgett bursting through the defense off the hip of his right guard for a 36-yard score.
South Greene answered quickly, started by a 47-yard Shuffler run and finished by a 20-yard Waddell rush around the right side to make it 20-13 with 8:25 left in the third quarter.