PV at Weaver action

Weaver head coach Daryl Hamby has words with the officials during the Pleasant Valley/Weaver football game. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

In a 42-27 loss at Westminster Christian, Weaver led 14-0 then 21-8 at halftime, but red-zone misses and an injury to quarterback Robert Gaines in the second half helped to doom the Bearcats.

Weaver finished 7-4 in the final game under ninth-year coach Daryl Hamby, who announced last spring that this season would be his last. He finishes with a 52-49 record, leading Weaver to the playoffs eight out of nine seasons. They reached the 3A quarterfinals in 2016.

Weaver was the fourth seed out of 3A, Region 6 for the third straight year. The Bearcats beat two region champions, Fultondale in 2016 and Plainview in 2017, in the first round.

Shamar Spinks rushed for 230 yards and two touchdowns Friday and took over at quarterback, after Gaines went down with an unknown injury in the third quarter. Spinks also caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Gaines, who had a 2-yard touchdown run.

Weaver came up empty in three trips to the Westminster Christian red zone with chances to widen the Bearcats’ halftime lead.

Ian Thies’ touchdown pass to Jackson Billings gave Westminster Christian a 22-21 lead at 5:18 of the third quarter, and a Thies touchdown run made it 29-21.

Weaver closed to within 29-27 but missed on a conversion attempt to tie.