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Middle Creek 31, Laney 21

APEX | In a game where Laney was not expected to do much, the Bucs threw a scare into the Tri-9 Conference champion before falling in the first round of the Class 4AA playoffs Friday night.

"Our kids played very hard," said Laney coach Greg Ditz. "We put ourselves in some tough situations and didn't get the breaks we need to, but they fought hard the whole game."

The Buccaneers (5-6) jumped out quick, leading 14-0 after their first two possessions.

"We expected those things," Ditz said. "We expected to be able to put points on the board and our kids to follow through with that."

However, the Mustangs (11-1) came roaring back in the second quarter, making the halftime score 14-14. They then continued their comeback in the second half, scoring 17 unanswered on the Buccaneers.

"We were still fighting," Dietz said. "We just put ourselves in tough situations."

Although the Buccaneers' 2012 season comes to a close with the loss, the team looks primed to be competitive for the coming years with a youthful, talented core of players, most importantly sophomore quarterback Tariq Lane.