These are unusual times at Buford High School. The Wolves will start the 2018 season not wearing the title of defending state champions. Folks in Gwinnett County are not accustomed to that type thing. To make matters worse, the Buford Wolves have lost their last game of the season for the past three years in a row.
That's right, it's been 3 years since the mighty Buford Wolves last sipped from the state championship cup and you can best believe this summer it is the topic of conversation around The Mall of Georgia, barber shops, restaurants and after Sunday School. You see Football Fridays in Georgia are usually an unpleasant experience for visitors to Buford's Tom Riden Stadium. The visitors usually take home an "L". When you win the state championship 10 times in 14 seasons, there are great expectations not only in Georgia, but across the country.
Dexter Wood led the Wolves to 3 state titles, followed by 7 state titles by Jess Simpson, but while some folks got sentimental about the Georgia Dome's implosion last fall, Buford may have been glad to see it go. The Wolves last 2 trips to the grand old barn in Downtown Atlanta had ended in heartbreaking defeats. Cartersville handing Buford a 10-0 loss in the 2015 class 4A final, then losing to Rome 16-7 in the 2016 class 5A final.