E.A. Sports Today

Cubs stay on track

Alexandria stays on track for showdown with Leeds in two weeks with a dominant 51-13 victory over Lincoln

By Dean Harrell
For East Alabama Sports Today

The Alexandria Valley Cubs have been an absolute force to be reckoned with all season. It is clear they have the potential to make a lot of noise in the quickly approaching playoffs.

The undefeated Cubs stayed on track for their expected showdown with Leeds in two weeks with a dominant 51-13 victory over the Lincoln Golden Bears.

The Cubs (7-0, 5-0 in Class 5A Region 6) controlled the game early, cruising to a 35-0 halftime lead. Explosive plays on offense allowed them to get on the board early and maintain their lead. A 71-yard run by Antonio Ross put the first points on the board for Alexandria and it was followed by a series of scoring drives.

Javais McGhee and Jake Upton were a tag team duo on the ground and through the air. Upton finished his night with a whopping 163 rushing yards, along with a touchdown in the second quarter. McGhee racked up 125 yards through the air on only four attempts.

Ross scored three touchdowns, two on runs and one on a kick return.

“We executed in practice well and we came out and did our thing,” said McGhee.

“I thought once the defense had control of the game, our offense started to click,” said Cubs head coach Todd Ginn.

The Valley Cubs defense was commanding throughout the night, not only with shutting out the Golden Bears in the first half, but also contributing to the scoreboard with a Carson Farr safety in the fourth quarter.

“We got some good players that just love to play,” Ginn said. “Our guys come to practice ready to prepare and are ready to move around on defense.”

Alexandria’s defense was able to slow down the strong ground game of the Golden Bears, only allowing 20 rushing yards from running back Chorion Kelly.

“We came in focused on the run game tonight,” McGhee said. “We had everyone focused on (Kelly) and were able to stop him.”

Lincoln, looking to bounce back and win its last two region games of the season, is fighting hard for a playoff spot. However, they will have their work cut out for them.

“We’re extremely banged up right now, so we need to heal up, get back to the drawing board, and try to stay in the playoff hunt,” Lincoln head coach Matt Zedaker said.

Alexandria 51, Lincoln 13

Lincoln (4-4, 2-3)0076 —13
Alexandria (7-0, 5-0)1421142 —51

A — Antonio Ross 71 run (Cleat Forrest kick), 5:39 1Q
A — Austin Jeffers 35 pass from Javais McGhee (Cleat Forrest kick), 2:26 1Q
A — Antonio Ross 5 run (PAT failed), 9:59 2Q
A — Jake Upton 9 run (Jake Upton run), 4:59 2Q
A — Javais McGhee 2 run (Cleat Forrest kick), 1:32 2Q
A — Tyler Brown 18 run (Luis Torres kick), 1:38 3Q
L — Jaylon George 55 run (Nick Munroe kick), 1:15 3Q
A — Antonio Ross 80 kick return (Luis Torres kick), 0:55 3Q
A — Safety, 7:53 4Q
L — Kaleb O’Neal 66 pass from Montavious Weed, 0:02 4Q

Alex (51)Linc (13)
171st Downs8
136Passing yards117

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