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Sipsey Valley crushes Holt, 63-30


Holt's Zuriel Kirkwood (5) runs the ball against Sipsey Valley Friday night at Holt High School. (Photo by Stewart Gwin)


 

HOLT | The Garret Lewis-led Sipsey Valley Bears thrashed the Holt Ironmen, 63-30, en route to earning the Bears’ second win in as many weeks.

Lewis, who went 10 of 11 through the air for 310 yards and four touchdowns, also managed to add 49 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown, accounting for more than half of Sipsey Valley’s points.

Still, the Bears weren’t the first ones on the board — junior running back Jamel Rosten scampered for a 31-yard touchdown run to give the Ironmen an early 8-0 lead. The Bears were able to rebound however, driving down the field and punching in a score with a one-yard from junior running back Trey White.

After two more Bears’ scores, the Ironmen managed another score on another long run, this time from quarterback Dederic Matthews from 51 yards out. The touchdown put the Ironmen within one possession, with the score at 21-14 in favor of the Bears. It was, however, be the last time Holt scored until the fourth quarter.

In the meantime, the Bears scored 35 unanswered points, putting the game well in hand before the final 12 minutes.

In the second half alone, the Bears’ scoring drives lasted an average of little  more than two plays a drive. The scores came on an 89-yard touchdown return from Jamarius Leatherwood, an 84-yard touchdown pass from Lewis to Braylan Smith, a 54-yard pass from Lewis to Caleb Kuykendall and a 2-yard touchdown pass from Landen Davis to Leatherwood.

Smith, who scored two touchdowns of 40 and 84 yards, respectively, said he and the rest of the receivers took what the Holt defense gave them.

“The line gave the quarterback time to throw the ball,” Smith said. “I just split the safety every time, and then I just get behind them. We did pretty good.”

The Ironmen were able to muster some offensive firepower late, however, but nothing came of it — two late touchdowns gave the game its permanent 63-30 score.

Bears head coach Antonio Ford said his 4-4 team is ready for the upcoming weeks, in what could help them make the playoffs for the first time in school history.

“Our message hasn’t changed from June,” Ford said. “Our goal was to be a playoff team this year. And to some people, for a third-year program, that’s a pretty lofty goal…. A lot of obstacles have been put in our way, but we’re still right there.”

Sipsey Valley resumes play against American Christian Academy, while the 1-7 Ironmen will travel to Gordo.