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Pleasant Valley, White Plains seeking to become more physical after playing a tight game in Spring Jam

White Plains quarterback Ryan Bannister tries to wriggle free from a Pleasant Valley tackler. On the cover, the PV defense wraps up Pat Harris (19). (Photos by B.J. Franklin/GungHo Photos)

By Brant Locklier
For East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE -- Pleasant Valley and White Plains met every season for 34 years until last year. The rivalry was renewed Friday night in the Calhoun County Spring Jamboree at Jacksonville State.

Pleasant Valley scored two early touchdowns on long runs and then hung on for dear life to edge the Wildcats 13-12 in a three-quarter varsity game at JSU Stadium.

The JV teams played the fourth quarter with White Plains scoring a touchdown and two-point conversion with 23 seconds left to give it an overall 20-13 victory. The late touchdown lifted the spirits of the Wildcats coach Chris White.

“This was good for us,” he said. “Our kids want to win and they are tired of the losing reputation.”

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