Model falls short to Sonoraville, 21-14
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.