Gordo gets rolling early and often against Sipsey Valley
Sat. September 08, 2012 at 12:08 a.m. | By Meredith Qualls
Gordo quarterback Lane Moss drops back to pass Friday night. Operating the Greenwave’s spread offense, Moss threw for 172 and scored on a 6-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run. (Photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter )
GORDO | There was no hesitation for the Gordo Greenwave on Friday as it opened strong to beat Sipsey Valley, 39-7.
Though the Greenwave (2-0) dominated the scoreboard, coach David McKinney wasn’t pleased with the team’s performance throughout the game.
“We took advantage of some things they offered us and we were catching the ball, we were running the ball, we were blocking, and then we just kind of went dead and quit doing the little things that win football games,” McKinney said.
Overall, McKinney was still impressed.
“Conditions were not good, and it was the first hot night we’ve had in a long time, and I thought it showed that our kids got through it and I was proud of their effort at the end,” he said.
The Bears (0-2) also struggled in the first half after junior quarterback Garrett Lewis left with injury.
“We were just trying to restructure our offense because we’re really built around our quarterback,” Sipsey Valley coach Antonio Ford said.
Daylon Rice opened the scoring for Gordo with a 9-yard touchdown with five minutes left in the first quarter, followed by a 21-yard touchdown from Jamarcus Martin to bring the score to 13-0.
At halftime, Gordo led 18-0. The Bears managed to build some momentum with a touchdown from senior Carson Windle to break the shutout for Sipsey Valley with 5 seconds left in the third quarter on a 31-yard run.
“It was great, you know, it gave us a little bit of momentum,” Windle said. “I give all the credit to my offensive line. They bought out all night.”
After Sipsey Valley’s surge of momentum, Lane Moss scored in the fourth quarter on a 6-yard run to increase Gordo’s lead to 37-7.
“I saw the end crash down on me and I just pulled the ball and scored,” Moss said.
“Lane came through and we sustained a little bit of a drive and momentum,” McKinney said. “He’s reading out the zones for us really well, and if he can do that several times a night, we’re going to be tough in the spread offense.”
For Gordo, Martin rushed for 68 yards on five carries, while Moss passed for 172 yards. The Greenwave added a safety to close out the scoring.
“That was big for us,” Moss said. “We like coming out and starting big, but we got to just keep it going.”