VALDOSTA -- The Valwood Valiants opened up their GISA Region 3-AA schedule Friday night with a 21-7 victory over the Southwest Georgia Academy Warriors.

Assistant coach Brad Alligood had the Valiant defense up for the task of stopping the Warriors' powerful running game, forcing them to punt on all five possessions of the first half and holding them to under 200 yards of total offense for the game.

The Valiants got on the scoreboard twice through the air in the first half. The Valiant air attack capped off a four-minute scoring drive on the first play of the second quarter when Tyler Glennon hooked up with Kenny Green on a 30-yard touchdown pass.

Two drives later, Glennon hit Carter Coleman in the end zone from the 15-yard line for the last score of the first half.

The second half began with both teams capitalizing on mistakes. The Warriors scored when Coty Middleton broke loose for a 28-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage after the defense recovered a Valiant fumble.

The Warriors returned the favor on their next possession when Kyle Hall recovered a fumbled handoff on the Warrior 7-yard line. Two plays later, Robert Hires scored on a 1-yard run. Glennon split the uprights with his third extra point of the night to make the score 21-7.

The Valiant defense maintained that 14-point lead when Coleman intercepted a Drew Bridges pass on the Valiant 28-yard line to stop a Warrior drive that had covered 41 yards and took 5:23 off the clock. Kyle Hall, Jon Rutkowski and Skyler Crosby led the Valiants with nine tackles each and Tyler Woods and Glennon each had seven. Rutkowski and Woods each had a sack and were constantly in Bridges' face when he tried to throw.

"I'm extremely proud of all of our coaches and players for stepping up in our first region game," said head coach Mike Patrick. "We had great support from our students, fans, and cheerleaders. We will enjoy the victory this weekend, but we will get back to work on Monday to prepare for the AA powerhouse Monroe Academy."

Glennon finished the night completing 6-of-15 passes for 103 yards to go along with 56 yards on 11 carries. Hires led the Valiant rushing attack in his first game back from injury with 73 yards on 18 carries. The Valiants ended up with 247 total yards of offense, while holding the Warriors to 188 yards. Middleton finished the night with 131 yards on 24 carries.

The Valiants improve to 5-1 and play Monroe Academy next week at Valwood Stadium for Homecoming. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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