The Valdosta Daily Times
Valwood scored early and often, took a commanding halftime lead, and cruised to a 48-26 victory over Flint River Academy Friday night in Woodbury, Georgia.
Valwood moves to 2-0 on the season, while Flint River falls to 2-1.
Flint River actually took a 6-0 lead just four minutes in, marching 80 yards on the game's first possession.
The Valiants, however, responded quickly when junior Marik Merine raced into the end zone just one minute later to tie the score. Once senior wide receiver/kicker Carter Elliott converted the extra point to make the score 7-6, the Valiants never looked back.
Valwood would go on to score on 5 of their 6 offensive possessions of the first half. Elliott, who had a solid game in all facets of the kicking game, made his first field goal of the season from 30 yards out to extend the lead to 10-6.
On Valwood's next possession, junior running back Zane Edmondson took the handoff from quarterback Seth Carlo and scampered 49 yards yards for Valwood's second touchdown of the night.
The Valiant defense then turned up the pressure to force three straight turnover on downs from the Wildcats. Valwood scored after each defensive stop, using another touchdown run each from Merine and Edmondson and a second field goal from Elliott, this one from 38 yards out, to take a 34-6 halftime lead.
“We were able to jump on them early,” said head coach Ashley Henderson. “We set a pace they had trouble matching.”
The second half was much of the same for Valwood. Senior Ryan White turned his first catch of the season into a 33 yard score to balloon the lead to 41-6. After the Wildcats got a 53-yard strike from quarterback Seth Short, who had over 35 attempts for the game, that cut the lead to 41-12, Valwood answered right back for their final score, this a 5-yard run from senior Charlie Dunmon.
The Wildcats fought to the end, adding two more scores to cut into the deficit, but it to was simply too little, too late for Flint River.
“I couldn't be prouder of our coaches and team,” exclaimed Henderson. “We improved tremendously between games one and two.”
Valwood returns home to take on Memorial Day School this Friday. Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 pm at Goddard Field.