PELL CITY -- Victory Christian School scored two first-half touchdowns, then hung on by its fingernails Friday night for a 14-8 victory over Gaylesville.
Head coach Mike Holliday said the win means different things for the program.
First, the positive: “I think it shows this team, they have the ability to play a close game,” he said. “This is a young team, culture is different. We’ve got to change that around, and it takes a few years to get that done.”
Next, the negative: “We knew they were going to come and play. I think our guys weren’t really sure of that and I think we started slow. … We should have won this game (by a larger margin) than we did.”
The Lions (2-0) opened the game with a six-play touchdown march, culminating in a 19-yard scoring run by senior Ashton Love. In the second quarter, a Trojan (1-1) fumble at midfield set up another TD drive. This time, quarterback Abraham Sargent did the honors with a 6-yard run.
From there, the night belonged to the defense.
Gaylesville advanced into Victory territory repeatedly in the second half but could break through only once, on a 1-yard run by Kaleb Whatley. The Lions forced four Gaylesville turnovers, including an interception by Brantley Bonner to seal the game.
Three to know
- Love led all rushers with 97 yards on eight carries. Sargent added 56 on 10.
- Derrick Lee paced the Trojans with 52 yards rushing on 20 attempts.
- Victory’s defense owned the night, turning Gaylesville away on downs twice. Gaylesville managed only 160 yards as a team.
- Victory Christian head coach Mike Holliday: “We’ve got to have them playing 100 percent any game they play, knowing that any team could come in here any given night and beat them. And if we don’t believe that, then we’re not going to go out and steal that game that we’re not supposed to win.”
- Victory Christian opens up region play next week on the road against Appalachian.
- Gaylesville returns home to face Woodville.