By Marla Jones | Sports Editor
Southern Torch Sports Network
VALLEY HEAD — The Valley Head Tigers celebrated Homecoming with a 52-16 win over the Gaylesville Trojans in Class 1A, Region 7 play.
The Tigers took no time adding points to the scoreboard. On the first play from scrimmage, Marlon Trinidad stampeded down for 72 yards for the score. The extra point attempt by Noah Hulgan was good giving the Tigers the 7-0 lead.
The Trojans then went three-and-out. With 9:30 remaining in the first quarter, Jordan Burt sailed down the field on a 50-yard quarterback keeper, making the score 13-0.
On its next possession, Waylon Collins rumbled down the field 53 yards for the score, giving the Tigers the 19-0 advantage. After another three-and-out, the Trojans punted. Tony Headrick blocked the punt.
Gabriel Boozer grabbed the ball and sailed into the endzone with 4:24 remaining in the first.
After a defensive hold that forced a Gaylesville punt, Bryson Morgan brought it in 60 yards for the Tigers, making the score 33-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Ian Blair intercepted the ball and ran it back 20 yards to start the second quarter. Eian Bian carried it in from 35-yards out for the Valley Head score. The PAT by Hulgan was good, bringing the score to 40-0 with 9:39 remaining in the first half.
Gaylesville failed to produce and turned the ball over on downs. The Tigers gained a first-and-goal after a 30-yard run by Collins. Bain scampered in from 2-yards out bringing the score 46-0.
Gaylesville scored before the half on a 62-yard touchdown run. The Trojans went for two, making the score 46-8 at the end of the first half.
Gaylesville started the second half with a 65-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown. The Trojans went for two, making the score 46-16.
The Tigers scored again late in the fourth quarter, when Bain stampeded down the field for 53 yards for another score.
This win gives the Tigers a 5-1 record and puts them 2-1 in region play. Bain led the Tigers with 103 yards and three touchdowns. Trinidad had 97 yards on four carries.
Valley Head will travel to face the Ider Hornets (1-4 and 0-3 in region play) on Friday.