By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent
Westbrook Christian picked up a 48-25 win over Class 3A, Region 6 foe Pleasant Valley on Friday (Sept. 18) in Rainbow City.
“We came out a little flat,” said Westbrook Head Coach Toney Osborne said. “We were a little sloppy early, but we did what we needed to win.
Pleasant Valley (0-4, 0-3) started the game out with three runs for 71 yards and a touchdown from Joshua Preston.
The Raiders started out on their own 28 but didn’t stay there for long. On first down, Preston picked up six yards but he made up for the short yardage with a 60-yard run that put his team on the Westbrook 5-yard line. Preston went on to pick up 5 yards and a touchdown. Kasey Cochran’s PAT was good, putting the guests up 7-0 at 1:10 of the first quarter.
However, that advantage didn’t last long. On the following kickoff, senior Justis Glassford, ran the ball back for about 50 yards. Starting out on the Pleasant Valley 30, quarterback Joseph Schauer picked up nine yards on a keeper. Addison Ponder picked up another seven before Schauer connected with Chandler Richards for a 14-yard touchdown. Will Dickson’s kick was good, making it 7-7 with 9:44 remaining in the quarter.
Pleasant Valley answered with a 64-yard touchdown run from Reagan King. Dickson’s PAT was blocked, making 13-7.
The Warriors (2-2, 2-1) quickly responded, with Schauer connecting on two of three passes for 43 yards. Two plays later, a 1-yard scoring run from Caeden Godfrey and Dickson’s PAT made it 14-13.
A reverse from Glassford picked up 14 yards and a touchdown with 11:49 remaining in the second quarter. Dickson’s PAT was no good, making it 20-13.
A fumble recovery in the end zone seven seconds later by Westbrook’s Dylan Potts added yet another score for the home team, making it 27-13 with 11:41 remaining in the half.
Westbrook added six more points on a 45-yard punt return for a touchdown from Andrew Schauer. Dickson’s PAT was good, making 34-13.
The Raiders drew within 34-19 at the 2:58 mark in the third quarter on Preston’s six-yard scoring run.
After a Warrior three-and-out, Pleasant Valley narrowed the gap to 34-25 off Elijah Borders’ 80-yard touchdown pass to Turner.
The two-point conversion was no good with 11:47 remaining in the game. This score came out of a four-play, 84-yard drive.
The hosts gained some breathing room when a two-play, 38-yard drive was capped off by 32-yard scoring run from Schauer with 10:40 remaining in the game. Dickson’s PAT was good, making it 41-25.
Westbrook finished off the scoring with 7:44 remaining in the game with a 16-yard touchdown run from Schauer .
Schauer was 7-for-10 in passing for 76 yards and ran 18 times for 126 yards.
Rosas ran four times for 65 yards.
“The guys played hard, and when they closed the gap there in the second half, we got a couple more scores,” said Osborne. “So it’s good to get a win.”
Westbrook travels to Randolph County next week for a non-region game.