Model falls short to Sono­rav­ille, 21-14

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Sono­rav­ille looked like they were headed for an easy vic­tory after rack­ing up a three­touch­down lead at the half on Fri­day in their sea­son opener against Model. But the Devils re­fused to go away qui­etly, forc­ing the Phoenix de­fense to make some cru­cial plays at the end to se­cure a 21-14 vic­tory in Gor­don County.

Model’s of­fense got on track in the sec­ond half and scored touch­downs in the third and fourth quar­ters to cut the deficit to 21-14, and they had one more chance with the ball with less than five min­utes to play. But it was the Phoenix de­fense that rose to the oc­ca­sion to shut the door.

Model (0-2) seemed to come to life after the half­time break as they started to move the ball with their rush-heavy of­fense and do some dam­age against the Phoenix de­fense. The Devils dented the score­board first mid­way through the third quar­ter with Kwalic Dublin break­ing free for a 30-yard touch­down run to make it 21-7.

After the Devils’ de­fense stood strong to force a punt, the Model of­fense once again punc­tu­ated a drive with a 14-yard touch­down run by Luke Holtzen­dorf to make it 21-14 with 9:05 to play in the game.

The Phoenix (1-0) will be on the road next Fri­day as they look to keep the early-sea­son mo­men­tum go­ing when they travel to Dar­ling­ton for an­other non-re­gion test. Model hosts North Mur­ray in a non-re­gion af­fair.

Chr. Her­itage 35, Gor­don Cen­tral 0

Gor­don Cen­tral strug­gled to find an­swers to the dy­namic aerial at­tack from Chris­tian Her­itage on Fri­day dur­ing a 35-0 loss in its home opener.

Chris­tian Her­itage quar­ter­back Matthew Neff fin­ished the con­test with 171 yards and

four scores through the air. Wide re­ceiver Zach Gen­try was the big­gest

ben­e­fi­ciary with 96 re­ceiv­ing yards and three touch­downs. On the ground, Leonard rum­bled for 47 yards and a rush­ing touch­down, while run­ning back Ethan Smith pitched in 36 rush­ing yards.

On of­fense, the War­riors (0-2) had

is­sues han­dling the pres­sure and pen­e­tra­tion of the Chris­tian Her­itage de­fen­sive front, which stalled out the run­ning game and pre­vented quar­ter­back Brady Lackey from get­ting com­fort­able in the pocket early.

Nel­son Gravitt and Cam Pierce

op­er­ated as Gor­don Cen­tral’s most ex­plo­sive of­fen­sive per­son­nel. Gravitt ac­cu­mu­lated 12 yards on the ground and com­pleted a six yard pass to wide re­ceiver Josh Wil­son after tak­ing over sig­nal-call­ing du­ties in the sec­ond half. Pierce pieced to­gether a cou­ple nice

runs in the first half to com­pile 10 rush­ing yards on limited touches.

The War­riors will look to get the sea­son on track next Fri­day, Au­gust 31 when the team trav­els to Gilmer County (0-2) to chal­lenge the Bob­cats at 7:30.

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