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Roundup: Reserves step up for PV

Young secondary lifts Raiders to second victory; J’ville gets first shutout since ’06, Valley Cubs ppd.

Friday night’s Calhoun County scores
Donoho 27, Wadley 14
Glencoe 42, Ohatchee 12
Jacksonville 40, White Plains 0
Moody 21, Anniston 14
Oxford 24, Pell City 0
Piedmont 35, Wellborn 13
Pleasant Valley 27, Ashville 8
Saks 47, Hokes Bluff 16
Spring Garden 55, JCA 34
Weaver 41, Westbrook Chr. 28
Alexandria at St. Clair County, ppd, weather

Saturday’s Game
Alexandria at St. Clair County, 2 p.m.

By East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE – It would be easy to talk about the efforts of Drew Lewiski and Dalton Bean on a night when their production carried Pleasant Valley to its second victory of the season, but this one belonged to a bunch of reserves getting their shot to start.

The Raiders defeated Ashville 27-8 behind typically big offensive games from Lewiski and Bean, but what really made head coach Jeff Davis happy Friday was the play of ninth-grade B-teamers Reagan King and Caden Turner in the secondary.

King, a cornerback, had seven tackles and broke up three passes. Turner broke up four passes.

“We’ve been playing some B-team games and these kids kept playing exceptionally well,” Davis said. “We decided to give them a shot this week and they rose to the challenge. I’m talking about three ninth-graders and a tenth-grader in the secondary that broke up about 12 passes. … That’s the best secondary play we’ve had all year.”

In addition to King and Turner, diminutive Ethan Borders had eight tackles. Josh Preston had what Davis called “a great interception” – one of five takeaways — that took the momentum away from Ashville (2-5, 1-4) in a 12-8 game. The other member of the secondary was Dakota Jones, and he had an interception.

Bean, meanwhile, rushed for 152 yards, including a determined 15-yard run near the end of the game that gained the Raiders (2-5, 2-3) a key first down. Lewiski rushed for 99 yards. Both scored two touchdowns.

“We expect big things out of Drew and Dalton,” Davis said. “I like it when it’s a team effort. Those young kids stepped up and just did a tremendous job.”

Category A PV
First downs 13 20
Rushes-yds 20-79 51-259
C-A-I 16-32-2 3-8-1
Passing yds 148 36
Fumbles-lost 3-3 2-1
Punts-avg. 1-36.0 4-31.3
Penalties-yds 9-57 7-35

Ashville 8 0 0 0 — 8
Pleasant Valley 6 6 8 7 — 27

PV – Dalton Bean 8 run (kick failed)
A – 55 interception return (PAT run)
PV – Drew Lewiski 13 run (Lewiski run)
PV – Bean 1 run (Bean run)
PV – Lewiski 30 run (Bean kick)

Jacksonville 40, White Plains 0

WHITE PLAINS – Nico Richmond ran for three touchdowns and the Jacksonville defense posted its first shutout in 88 games leaving the Golden Eagles “pretty confident” about a second straight playoff berth.

As near as the coaching staff can figure, the Golden Eagles (7-1, 4-1) have all the projected tiebreaker scenarios in their favor to make the field. There is a scenario hey could finish as high as the region’s No. 2.

“Yeah, I’m pretty confident that win tonight got us in,” coach Clint Smith said. “Coming into the season there were a lot of folks who didn’t really give this team a chance (but) a lot of people didn’t really know what this team was capable of. They worked extremely hard and they’ve done the things to … put themselves in this situation.”

Tae Ackles led nine Jacksonville rushers with 129 yards on 19 carries, but Richmond was the big scorer. He rushed for 77 yards and scored on runs of 5, 31 and 19 yards. Quen Veasley completed 10 of 18 passes for 135 yards, with Sid Thurmond grabbing three catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.

“Nico’s done a great job for us all year long,” Smith said. “One thing we’re fortunate to have is depth at the running back position; we’ve got several guys we can move around from place to place. Nico did a great job tonight (and) it’s not surprising to us. We don’t really have a superstar, we’ve just got a bunch of guys who play hard and get after it.”

Jacksonville held the Wildcats (1-6, 0-5) to less than 200 yards of total offense. Nick Gangwer had nine tackles and Savon Parker recorded seven, while Tyler Carter and Niedale Archie each had an interception. The Golden Eagles’ last shutout came in a 62-0 rout of Douglas on Sept. 15, 2006.

“That’s a long time; I hope we have many more,” Smith said. “We played well defensively tonight; we’ve been playing well all year. We’re starting to play fast in the third year in this defense.”

Moody 21, Anniston 14

MOODY – Anniston rallied from a 7-0 halftime deficit to take a 14-7 lead in the fourth quarter, but Moody scored two touchdowns in the final seven minutes and converted one of the Bulldogs’ six turnovers into the game-winning score.

Edward Montgomery took a screen pass from Quin Dobbins 26 yards for Anniston’s game-tying touchdown, then Jermaine Ackles put the Bulldogs ahead on a 25-yard run with seven minutes left.

Montrel King caught a 25-yard touchdown pass to retie the game. The Bulldogs (1-5, 1-4) fumbled the kickoff, Moody recovered and Gabriel Webb eventually scored the winning touchdown on a 6-yard pass. The Blue Devils (4-3, 4-1) sealed the win with an interception in the final minute.

Lemuel Heard led the Bulldogs with 119 yards rushing. Montgomery had 88 yards on 11 carries and Ackles had 50 yards. Elijah Jackson led the defense with 4 tackles, Jaylon Parker had eight and 22 Quentavious Gordon had seven.

“We felt like we could run the ball against them and we did, even in the bad field conditions,” Anniston coach Eddie Bullock said. “But you just can’t win with six turnovers.

“I’m proud of the way our defense and offense played; it’s just we made mistakes that continue to hurt us. It’s frustrating but we have to just keep playing through it. It’s hard to not be disappointed and we certainly feel like tonight we were in position to win. It just got away from us.”

Spring Garden 55, JCA 34

SPRING GARDEN – Jacksonville Christian gave up three touchdowns in the first quarter to fall into an early hole, but then played the Panthers even the rest of the game.

Thunder quarterback Daylon Brackett accounted for 420 yards of total offense and five touchdowns. He completed 16 of 26 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 91 yards on 12 carries.

Kris Armprester caught six passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns for the Thunder (3-4, 2-3), while Walker Messer caught seven passes for 109 yards .

Andrew Mclarty rushed for 77 yards and scored three touchdowns for Spring Garden (4-3, 3-1), Dakota Lambert ran for 154 yards and two scores, and Quinton Downey rushed for 113 yards.

There were 13 offensive touchdowns scored in the game. There were no punts.

Jacksonville Christian 0 14 0 20 — 34
Spring Garden 20 14 7 14 — 55

SG – Andrew Mclarty 5 run (kick failed)
SG – Quintin Downey 3 run (PAT failed)
SG – Andrew Mclarty 18 run (Downey run)
JCA – Reed Murphy 11 pass from Daylon Brackett (Brackett kick)
SG – Matthew Mullinax 4 run (kick failed)
JCA – Kris Armrpester 51 pass from Brackett (Brackett kick)
SG – Andrew Mclarty 10 pass from Ben Ivey (PAT good)
SG – Dakota Lambert 9 run (Kaitlyn Rogers kick)
JCA – Armprester 62 pass from Brackett (PAT failed)
SG – Lambert 29 run (kick failed)
JCA – Walker Messer 6 pass from Brackett (Brackett kick)
SG – Kyle Reece 34 run (Dalton Kerr run)
JCA – Brackett 10 run (Brackett kick)

Alexandria-St. Clair County, ppd.

ODENVILLE – Alexandria coach Frank Tucker was sitting in the stands at Moody High School Friday night watching the fourth quarter of that game unfold before him. Trouble is, his team was supposed to be playing at St. Clair County.

The Valley Cubs (2-3) and Fighting Saints (2-4) were pulled off their field about 15 minutes before their scheduled kickoff because of lightning in the area and never made it back. The game was rescheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.

“What’s so strange is I’m leaving the Moody game right now, eight miles down the road, and they’re playing,” Tucker said. “There’s really no answer for it. They (the Fighting Saints) have to go through the same thing.

“There wasn’t much rain forecast for tonight; the most I saw was 30 percent. Then a little cloud came up and they put us off the field. I’ve never been through this before. We’ll get up, get on the bus and play tomorrow.”

The game finally was called about 9:30 p.m. The fear was play would get underway, then be suspended for the night by a quarter starting after midnight.

“It didn’t rain that much at the field, not too bad, but they’d see lightning every time they thought about going out,” Tucker said. “The rule is if you see lightning you’ve got to wait 30 minutes. Every time they walked out it would be another 30 minutes.”


Central-Clay County 34, Beauregard 9

LINEVILLE – Joe Burns accounted for two second-half touchdowns and Isaac Andrews kicked two field goals as the Volunteers won to gain a piece of a three-way tie for second in Class 5A Region 3.

Burns hooked up with Damion Ford on a 45-yard touchdown pass to open the second-half scoring and later added a 1-yard touchdown run. Andrews kicked field goals of 27 and 37 yards.

The Vols (4-3, 3-1) actually trailed in this one, but Jodarius Staples gave them the lead for good on a 35-yard reverse in the second quarter. Jaylon Lyles scored their other touchdown.

Next week, the Vols travel to Sylacauga, one of the teams they’re currently tied with for second place in the region. Beauregard (4-2, 3-1) is the other.

Calhoun County Games of Oct. 17

St. Clair County at Anniston
Moody at Alexandria
Donoho at Ragland
Hokes Bluff at Jacksonville
Valley Head at JCA
Ohatchee at Pleasant Valley
Piedmont at Westbrook Christian
Saks at Cleburne County
Weaver at Glencoe
Wellborn at Ashville
Crossville at White Plains

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