Eric Barr, whose 95-yard return of a blocked field goal gave Buford the lead for good at 9-3, put the finishing touches on Westminster by returning an interception 70 yards for the final margin with 38 seconds left.
Buford led 16-10 at halftime, largely because of its defense. After spotting the Wildcats (1-2) a 3-0 lead on Jeremy Godsell’s 43-yard field goal, the Wolves (2-1) coerced an errant snap over running back Ralph David Abernathy’s head that rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety. Trailing only 3-2, Buford took the lead for good when Rick Legrant blocked Westminster’s 36-yard field-goal attempt and Barr cashed in the return.
Buford held its biggest lead of the first half at 16-3, when Nathan Staub ended an 89-yard drive with a 1-yard run 3:55 before halftime. Westminster, sparked by a fumble recovery 1:52 before the half, closed within 16-10 when Linginfelter passed two yards over the middle to Dylan Jeffay.
David Petroni put the Wolves ahead 19-10 with a 37-yard field goal with 8:03 remaining, and Dominique Swope made it 25-10 with a 27-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-4 with 1:38 left.