VALDOSTA -- Valwood took control early and never looked back as the team cruised to a 33-3 victory over Pinecrest.
"It's good to win," said Valwood head coach Mike Patrick after the game. "We went flat after our first play led to a touchdown, but we came out real strong in the second half, scoring on our first two drives."
The Valiants controlled both sides of the ball, allowing only 52 yards of total offense while gaining 381, 268 of which came on the ground. Tyler Glennon, the Valwood quarterback, had an outstanding game rushing for 130 yards on eight carries and one touchdown. He also threw 8-for-13 and 111 yards.
Valwood's defense played with fire in its eyes, allowing only 44 yards on the ground and eight in the air. The Valiants also forced two fumbles and sacked the Paladin quarterback five times, two of which were by Russel Murray.
Pinecrest only had two big plays in the game, one of which was a kickoff return that went for 50 yards down to the 19 yard line, and in turn led to a 35 yard field goal. The other was a big pass play in the third quarter, but the ball was fumbled and recovered by DB Deron Smith to stop a touchdown opportunity for the Paladins.
Wide receiver Zac Henry came out strong this week with 51 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 10 carries. FB Brandon Bradford also scored two touchdowns and gained 69 yards on eight carries.
Half-way through the third quarter the score was 33-3 and the second team got to come in and seal the deal. Led by Henry and RB Todd Baker, the Valiants were able to control the most of the clock until the end of the game.
"We're really excited we got the little guys so much time," said Patrick. "Since we only have seven returning starters, it's taking some time to rebuild, but we're happy."
Next week Valwood travels to Terrell Academy to face a very familiar team, one in which they scrimmaged against this summer. The Valiants won last year, but coach Patrick is quick to say that it is a totally different scenario this year. The game will be next Friday at 8 p.m. in Dawson.
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