COLUMBIA STATION â€” A good running back knows the names of the guys who open the holes up for him.
Buckeye junior Cory Reisner can recite his linemenâ€™s names without even a second thought.
The big boys opened huge holes as the Bucks scorched Columbia 34-14 in a Patriot Athletic Conference cross divisional game Friday.
Reisner racked up a career-high 252 yards and five touchdowns behind a line that dominated the entire game.
â€œI have been saying all year that (the offensive line) is what we were going to hang our hat on,â€ said Buckeye coach Billy Burke, whose ballclub is 3-4, 3-1. â€œAnd the last few weeks, we have been putting up a lot of running yards and scoring a lot of points.â€
Buckeyeâ€™s running game totaled 359 yards on 56 carries and converted 20 first downs.
â€œWe wanted to pound the ball down their throats,â€ Reisner said. â€œWe knew we could handle them up front and the line did an excellent job.â€
Cody Carrow, Dan Novotny, Cody Muhek, Josh Varney, Jake Wuensch and Kelton Keller made sure the Bucks did just that.
Even when Columbia (3-4, 2-2) offered resistance, the 5-foot-10, 160-pound Reisner run through tackles and finished strong.
â€œHeâ€™s a self-starter,â€ Burke said. â€œHeâ€™s a self-motivator. All we have to do is set up a game and he is ready to rock-n-roll.â€
Overshadowed by the performance of Buckeyeâ€™s feature back was the play of its stingy defense.
The Bucks picked off Columbia quarterback Matt Jarrell (10-of-27, 68 yards) three times and held the Raiders to 158 yards of total offense.
â€œAll week in practice we have been stressing defense,â€ Buckeye safety Michael Cullin said. â€œWe knew they wanted to pass, and if we shut down the run, we could force them to pass. That gave us the chance to get some picks.â€
Cullin picked off two of Jarrellâ€™s miscues, while Darrin Boulton snagged the third.
But the Bucksâ€™ biggest defensive stand came on the ground. They led 28-14 midway through the third quarter and Columbia had a first-and-goal at the Buckeye 3.
The Bucksâ€™ defense stopped four straight running attempts by the Raiders, including three consecutive tries inside the 1.
â€œThat was crazy,â€ Novotny said. â€œThe crowd really picked up and we knew they were going to go up the middle. Our tackles dove into the ground and we didnâ€™t let them get anything.â€
The two tackles stuffing up the middle were Carrow and Muhek, who provided 505 pounds of bulk.
â€œI told them that this is the kind of things that people write books about,â€ Burke said. â€œThat always takes place. It is real hard to hold somebody four plays from 1 yard.â€