Valdosta Daily Times

Local Sports

November 17, 2012

Valwood advances to semifinals, beats Trinity Christian

VALDOSTA — The Valwood Vailants advanced to their third straight semifinals Friday night, routing Trinity Christian 51-7 at Goddard Field. The Vailants improved to 12-0 on the season, one step closer to winning the school’s first state championship since 1999. Valwood will visit John Milledge Academy next week in Milledgeville.

The Crusaders didn’t have an answer for Valwood senior running back Khary Paige Friday night. Paige continuing his stellar season by recording 213 total yards and scoring five touchdowns.

“A lot of people doubted Valwood and now we're showing everybody we can do it,” Paige said. “Thank God for my offensive line.We practiced hard all week.”

It only took two minutes for Valwood to take the early lead. Senior receiver Rashad Mathis put the offense in scoring position after a 69-yard return on the opening kickoff. Three plays later, Paige scored from eight yards out.

On the ensuing possession, Trinity Christian quickly marched down the field behind junior running back Stephon Johnson’s 16 yards rushing. But, just as the Crusaders got into scoring position, running back Will Leverett fumbled the ball and Valwood recovered.

The Vailants extended their lead on the next play as Paige broke loose for a 55-yard touchdown run that gave Valwood a 15- 0 lead.

The Crusaders made yet another strong attempt to cut the deficit early in the second quarter. Valwood allowed them to reach their own 20-yard line before senior Gerrick Williams intercepted Seth Morton’s pass.

Again, Paige scored on Valwood’s next offensive play. This time, Paige broke open a 46-yard run to put Valwood ahead 22-0. Minutes later, Valiant senior Aulden Bynum forced a fumble, which led to the next Valwood score.

The Vailants took a 30-0 lead following Paige’s 8-yard touchdown run in the first half.

Trinity Christian finally got onto the scoreboard on the ensuing drive right before halftime. Thanks to a couple of penalties against Valwood and a long kickoff return, Trinity Christian didn’t have to go far to score. Morton found sophomore Wyatt Payne for a 24-yard touchdown catch with seconds left in the first half. Valwood led 30-7 at halftime.That would be the only score the relentless Valwood defense would allow the entire game.

“They’ve been awesome every week,” Valwood head coach Ashley Henderson said. “They’re not afraid to go head to head with folks. It’s a lot of fun to coach the guys.”

Paige only had one carry in the second half and it went for a 59-yard touchdown run. The play came minutes into the third quarter following a Crusader punt. Morton threw his second interception of the game on the Crusaders’ next possession to give the ball back to Valwood.

Again, the Vailants took advantage of the turnover and tacked on their second unanswered-touchdown.

With Paige now sidelined for the rest of the game, Zane Edmondson took over the running duties. Edmondson recorded 28 of his 58 rushing yards and punched in one of his two touchdowns on the drive. The Vailants went up 44- 7 to enter the fourth quarter.

With the game out of reach, Edmondson extended the already large lead with another touchdown in the closing minutes.

“It feels good. Another team effort,” Henderson said. “We still got a long way to go. We still got to get a lot better. We’re going to work first thing in the morning.”

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 150723-Lowndes_Brooks5.jpg Winding Down

    In its final 7-on-7 test of the summer, Randy McPherson was pleased with how the Lowndes football team looked Wednesday morning.
    Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman, on the other hand, was worried about the kind of hole the Trojans would have dug for themselves at Martin Stadium against the Vikings and Lafayette (Fla.) had it been a real game.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Grable signs with Tampa Bay

    Another former Valdosta State football player joined the ranks of the National Football League when linebacker Jeremy Grable signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday morning.

    July 23, 2014

  • MaryAlice.jpg Just Keep Running

    Forrest Gump once said, "I used to run to get to where I was going, but I never thought it would take me anywhere." In the case of 18 year-old Mary Alice Smoot, anywhere is Tampa, Fla.
    After four years of unparalleled success running cross-country at Valwood, Smoot will continue running competitively next season at the University of Tampa.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10U ELITE World Series Champs.jpg DKSA Elite win USSSA Global World Series

    DKSA ELITE just continues to win, the 10U team’s latest victory came in the USSSA Global World Series held in Destin, Fla. July 8-12.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lowndes_McPherson.jpg Milestones on tap for upcoming season

    Some milestones are destined to occur, like when Georgia Christian hosts David Emanuel on Aug. 22 in the Generals’ first varsity football game since the late 1960s.
    Others will have to wait and see what continues to take shape come Friday when teams can begin fall practice, and especially Aug. 1 when teams can suit up in pads for the first time, such as can Valdosta win its record 24th state title, or can Lowndes capture its fourth state championship under Randy McPherson, or can Valwood and coach Ashley Henderson play in its third straight GISA state championship game?
    As we start to find out the answers to those questions in just a few short weeks — the regular season is just 31 days away — there should be a few more milestones for area coaches to mark 2014 right along with the Generals getting back on the gridiron.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • ACC_Jimbo.jpg Back on top

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • ACC_Petrino.jpg Petrino returns to Louisville for first ACC season

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Braves_Marlins JUpton.jpg Jones lifts Marlins past Braves in 10

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ant Smith.JPG Anthony Smith ready for new test in college

    Smith was a three-year starter as a Wildcat and quickly worked his way up as a leader on both the defense and the team as a whole.

    July 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • Wildcats participate in national 7-on-7 tournament

    The Valdosta High Wildcats have been working extremely hard this summer to prepare for the football season. Summer workouts and a plethora of 7-on-7 tournaments and competitions have kept the Wildcats busy.

    July 20, 2014

Blazers Blog
More