Conquerors drops region opener to Valley Head


By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent

Coosa Christian kicked off Class 1A, Region 7 play at home on Friday (Sept. 5) against Valley Head, falling to the Tigers by a score of 53-21.

“We haven’t put together four quarters of football yet,”
said Coosa head coach Jason Touart. “We have a bunch of guys, but they need to
learn how to play in the fourth quarter, and it’s got be physical

After last week’s 30-point loss to Winterboro, the Conquerors (0-2, 0-1) hoped to use the speed of running back Randy Washington and the arm of quarterback Johnny Grizzard to get better results in Game 2.

Coosa started play with an 8-yard pass from Grizzard to Jace Mills, but the hosts fumbled on the very next play to set up another scoring drive for the Tigers.

Valley Head quarterback Benjamin Kirby led his team for the next 4:57, which led to a 3-yard dash for a touchdown by Joshua Gregory.

On Coosa’s next possession, the Valley Head defense forced a three-and-out. The Tigers took over with 5:43 remaining in the first quarter, where a 13-yard Benjamin Kirby run put his team up 13-0.

The next possession for Coosa resulted in another punt. A 60-yard pass then put the visitors up 20-0.

However, the precision passing of Johnny Gizzard put the Conquerors back on the scoreboard.

The Tigers picked back up in the second quarter with an 11-yard quarterback scramble by Kirby, which put the visitors up 26-7 after failing to convert the 2-point conversion.

Valley Head cruised through the rest of the first half, ending it with a 33-7 lead at the break.

The Conquerors’ misfortune continued as the second began. 

Coosa threw an interception on a fourth down and 3, a turnover that Valley Head capitalized on just a few plays later to make it 40-7.

Coosa took over with 5:47 remaining in the third quarter but fumbled the ball away just a play later.

Valley Head went on to score on the next drive, which ended with a 5-yard touchdown run. 

Washington returned the following kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown, but by that point the score favored the Tigers at 46-14.

Valley Head responded to Washington’s big play with a 14-play touchdown drive to enter the fourth quarter leading 53-14.

The conquerors added seven more points with a 4-yard touchdown run by Washington. 

Grizzard threw for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

Coosa Christian continues region play on Friday against Jacksonville Christian.

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