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Victory Christian Eagles soar in season opener


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The Victory Christian Academy football team soared past Ellwood Christian, of Selma, Ala., 46-0 in its season opener Friday night. 


Victory Christian led 20-0 after the first quarter and went on to lead 40-0 at halftime en route to its 23rd win in a row. The Eagles didn''t score in the third quarter and tacked on their final points in the fourth. 


Landon Ellis scored three touchdowns to spark the Eagles. He caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Sims in the first quarter and scored on runs of 54 yards and 28 yards in the second. 


Sims also threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Jones in the opening quarter and a 34-yard scoring strike to Kaleb Holliness in the third. 


Holliness also scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth to wrap up the scoring. 


Ben Williams put the first points on the scoreboard when he returned an interception 8 yards for a touchdown. 


Williams also scored two two-point conversions. 


Ellis was Victory Christian''s leading rusher with 96 yards, and Jones was the leading receiver with two catches for 49 yards. Sims completed 4 of 8 passes for 96 yards with an interception. 


Nick Hairston had nine tackles and a fumble recovery to lead the defense. Jones had seven tackles and an interception, Hunter Johnson and Jay Pace each had seven tackles, and Williams and Joey Shirah each had a fumble recovery. 


n Saltillo 10, Caledonia 0: At Saltillo, the Confederates missed several scoring opportunities in falling to 0-2. 


Caledonia reached the Saltillo 22 and missed a field goal, the Saltillo 6 and had a pass intercepted, and the Saltillo 18 and missed another field goal. 


Saltillo led 3-0 at halftime and scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter. On the touchdown, Caledonia High coach Ricky Kendrick said the ball was fumbled into the end zone and the Confederates recovered, but it was ruled a touchdown. 


The interception was one of five turnovers by the Confederates, who lost four of eight fumbles. 


n West Point 14, Mainland (Fla.) 0: At Daytona Beach, Fla., Lakenderic Thomas scored two touchdowns and the Green Wave allowed just 110 yards of total offense Friday in the Gridiron Challenge. 


Thomas, who led the Green Wave with 107 yards on 25 carries, scored on a 1-yard run with 40 seconds remaining in the half and a 14-yard run with 8 minutes, 3 seconds to play in the fourth quarter. 


Thomas was followed by quarterback Justin Cox with 84 yards on 12 carries, as the Green Wave (2-0) compiled 231 yards on 48 attempts. 


Mainland threatened late in the fourth quarter when it had first down at the West Point 5, but the Green Wave stuffed the drive on fourth-and-4 at the 4. 


n Central Academy 28, Immanuel Christian 14: At Macon, Ferris McGuire scored three touchdowns to lead the Vikings past the Rams. 


McGuire scored on a 94-yard run in the second quarter. He scored on the first play from scrimmage after the Vikings stopped the Rams on fourth-and-goal at the Central 6. Immanuel Christian had a first down at the 9 and couldn''t score. 


McGuire also scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter and a 27-yard run in the fourth. 


Will Disbrow also scored a touchdown for Central Academy (2-0) on a 49-yard run in the second. 


Immanuel Christian (0-2) scored in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by Ross Moore and in the third on a 48-yard run by James Wriley. 


McGuire was the leading rusher for Central Academy with 250 yards on 22 attempts. He also completed 4 of 9 passes for 43 yards with one interception. Cole Newman was the second leading rusher with 55 yards, and Disbrow rushed for 44 yards. 


Norris Harris was the leading rusher for Immanuel Christian with 83 yards. Michael Tate added 72 yards and Wriley had 53 yards. 


Drew Pearson had seven solo and five assisted tackles to lead Central Academy''s defense. Disbrow had eight solos and three assists, Newman had seven solos and three assists, Cody Brown had five solos and four assists, and Rowdy Rigdon had seven solos and one assist. Rigdon recovered an onside kick, and McGuire recovered a fumble. 


Wriley led Immanuel Christian with 14 tackles, Jeremy Davidson had eight tackles, Harris had seven tackles, Tate and Josh Davidson had five tackles each, Josh Dantzler had an interception, and Justin James had a fumble recovery. 


n Lamar School 21, Starkville Academy 20: At Starkville, the Volunteers didn''t score in the second half and came up short in another narrow loss to fall to 0-2. 


Last week, Starkville lost to Ackerman 8-6. 


Lamar School scored what proved to be the winning touchdown with 8 minutes, 44 seconds remaining in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by Michael Marcello. 


Starkville Academy scored in the first quarter on a 78-yard pass from Kyle Henson to Ryan McKell and in the second on a 6-yard run by Matt Word and 13-yard run by James Mapp. 


Mapp led the Volunteers with 45 yards. 


Adam Crittenden led Starkville Academy with five tackles. 


n Pillow Academy 31, Oak Hill Academy 6: At West Point, the Raiders avoided a shutout when Doss Miller scored on a 50-yard run in the fourth quarter. 


Oak Hill Academy (0-2) lost kicker Reid Posey when he rolled his kicking ankle. 


n Itawamba 38, Amory 14: At Amory, the Panthers were scored on for the first time this season and went on to suffer their first loss of the season. 


Forest Williams scored on a 29-yard run and threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Hill for the Panthers (1-1). 


Itawamba''s Maikhail Miller completed 17 of 28 passes for 277 yards and five touchdowns. He also scored on a 1-yard run. 


n Pickens County 26, American Christian Academy 8: At Reform, Ala., the Tornadoes scored all their points in the second half in their season opener. 


Tim Simpson put the first points on the scoreboard in the third quarter when he returned a fumble for a touchdown. 


Simpson also ran for a touchdown. 


Quarterback Deion Curry scored Pickens County''s other two touchdowns. 


n Restoration Christian 33, Pickens Academy 20: At Carrollton, Ala., the Pirates lost their season opener to spoil the debut of head coach John Gartman. 


Pickens Academy fell behind 13-0 before scoring in the opening quarter on a 2-yard run by Jacob Acker. 


The Pirates also scored in the second quarter on a 55-yard pass from Acker to Josh Lewis. 


Acker completed 4 of 9 passes for 78 yards, and Lewis was the leading receiver with two catches for 66 yards. 


John Morgan Owens was Pickens Academy''s leading rusher with 85 yards on 15 carries. 


Andrew House had nine tackles, including one tackle for a loss, to lead the defense. 


n Greene County 16, Aliceville 0: At Aliceville, Ala., the Yellow Jackets lost to Greene County for the first time in school history to spoil the debut of coach Eddie Hill. 


Aliceville was limited to 123 yards total offense. 


Greene County led 2-0 at halftime when Aliceville''s Jarvis Dancy was tackled in the end zone for a safety. 


Greene County put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter when Laderian Walker returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown and Raykish Mobley scored on a 4-yard run. 


n DeSoto School 41, Hebron Christian 8: At Pheba, the Eagles avoided a shut out when Chad Smith scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper with 11 minutes, 37 seconds remaining in the game. 


Marquez Robinson had 81 yards rushing and 16 yards receiving to lead Hebron Christian (0-2). Jae Shaw had 39 yards rushing, Taylor Coggins had 19 yards rushing and 15 yards receiving, and Joe Crow had 15 yards receiving. 


Will Corbin Rogers had six tackles to lead the defense. Ryan Moore had four tackles, and Jacob Crow had a sack. 




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