Special to the Times
In Georgia Christian’s first ever home game and first football game in 46 years, the Generals played a close game against the Valwood junior varsity team and prevailed 10-4.
The game featured a newly formed team on both sides of the field, the Generals haven’t had a football team since 1967, while the Valiants played four eighth grade students in an effort to build their first ever JV team.
GCS had a tight defense that stopped the Valwood JV with multiple goal-line stands including one late in the fourth quarter.
The Generals stopped the Valiants when there was a fumble in the end zone and Georgia Christian jumped on the ball and recovered with 1:31 left in the game.
The Generals also caused a fumble on the one-yard line and had an interception off of Valwood’s quarterback on the three-yard line in separate stands.
“Our defense gave us the opportunity to win,” Georgia Christian Head Coach Kent Copeland said. “Thomas (Cornelius) and (Blake) Winters did a great job on the back side talking (to stop Valwood on the goal line).”
Junior Jeremiah Beverly had a good performance in the home-opener.
Beverly scored the lone touchdown and was a part of three goal-line stands including tipping a ball that lead to an interception.
“In practice we like to say the words, ‘Blow it up’ and that really gets us motivated and pumped up,” Beverly said. “We said, ‘They have nowhere else to go but back’ so we just got into the backfield.”
For Georgia Christian, cramping plagued the players throughout the game.
“I noticed Valwood didn’t cramp a whole lot,” Coach Copeland said. “We’re cramping up and playing kids out of position because we are having to cover these guys who have fallen out left and right. We as coaches have to do a better job of preparing our guys physically.”
The Generals struggled to move the ball deep in their own zone. VHS recorded two safeties against GCS.
“We had an eighth grader at center and he had a big boy
over the top of him and they were coming into the backfield on us pretty quick,” Coach Copeland said. “You could tell (Valwood) had played the game… we couldn’t get anything on the outside.”
Quarterback Cole Copeland went 6-11 with 72 yards and an interception. Copeland had never thrown a football before this past May.
“Our fan base is unreal,” Coach Copeland said. “We didn’t know what to expect playing in a game like this.”