Special to the Times
On Friday, the still-undefeated Valiants return to Goddard Field for their 2013 Homecoming game against the Eagles of Terrell Academy.
In fitting fashion, Valwood (5-0, 1-0 in region play) comes home to celebrate the annual event with their fans after their largest win of the season, a 43-7 trouncing of the Eagles of Sherwood Christian Academy on their home turf in Albany.
"There's no place like home, " said Valwood Head Coach Ashley Henderson. "We don't shy away from road trips but it's great to not have to worry about travel and different locker rooms."
Last week’s effort by Valwood put opposing regional defenses on full notice. Twelve Valiants accounted for over 300 yards of total offense and senior quarterback Seth Carlo had a highly-efficient game, completing 12 of 15 passing attempts for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
Valwood scored early and often, claiming their first touchdown less than four minutes into the game. The Valiants scored 36 of their 43 points in the first half.
Valwood’s defensive effort was equally impressive, holding Sherwood Christian Academy's offense scoreless. The Eagles’ only points came on an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
After blasting Sherwood last week on the road, Coach Henderson believes that his team is fully prepared for the challenge that lies ahead at home.
"We don't feel we have to rely on any one or two guys offensively," Coach Henderson said. "I feel we have a handful of guys that can get the job done and make plays when their number is called."
Terrell Academy (3-3, 0-1 in region play) comes into Friday’s matchup on the heels of a devastating 63-21 loss to the Warriors of Southwest Georgia Academy. The loss came in the Eagles’ first region contest of the season.
In last year’s meeting against Terrell Academy, the Valiants easily disposed of the Eagles, besting them 43-7 in Dawson.
The Eagles are putting forth a respectable 29.7 points per game, which is just a shade behind Valwood (32.2).
"They've gone to a spread offense this year," Coach Henderson said. "We have to keep doing what we do and that is to play fast, rally to the ball, and be violent when we get there for 48 minutes."
While the Valiants will still be without a couple of injured key players, the team is confident in their ability to adapt and play to their full strength in their comrades’ absence.
"We are proud of our depth and younger guys that have stepped up and filled in for a couple guys that are nicked up," Coach Henderson said. "We also have a few older guys that have been able to step into new positions and fill in very well. Its added depth and will set us up great later in the year."
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Goddard Field.