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Sipsey Valley cruises past ACA; earn school’s first playoff berth


Sipsey Valley quarterback Garret Lewis (5) is brought down by ACA’s Shawn Blackburn during the first quarter. (Photo by Kelly Lambert)


 

NORTHPORT | On a cold night, Sipsey Valley coach Antonio Ford could not have been more pleased with the ice water pouring over his head on Friday night.

The shower meant his Bears clinched their first playoff berth in school history with a 47-27 victory over American Christian Academy.

“Our guys deserve it,” Ford said. “They’ve been putting in work since we got here.

“They really bought in this offseason in the weight room. We have an offense in and their development is only going to get better. It’s a great place to be right now.”

Sipsey Valley surged to a 20-0 lead in the first 11 minutes of the game with quarterback Garret Lewis leading the Bears on 8 of 9 passing for 140 yards and a touchdown. He added 25 rushing yards in that span.

Impressive numbers don’t excite Ford anymore regarding Lewis, because his opinion of his quarterback is set.

“It’s what I’ve thought of Garret Lewis since seventh grade,” Ford said. “A quality person, a great student and a heck of a ballplayer.”

Lewis’ performance was to a level where fault could not be assigned to the Patriot defense.

“It’s not necessarily what we were doing wrong, they were just making play,” ACA coach John Causey said. “You can’t turn the ball over and you can’t give up big plays and we did a little bit of both.”

Trey White was on the receiving end of two of Lewis’ touchdown passes, the other two finding the hands of Tyler Dunkin and Jamerius Leatherwood. Carson Windle also ran in a touchdown for Sipsey Valley.

Defensively, the Lions held the Patriots to 16 passing yards and zero points in the first half.

“It was time for our defense to step up to the plate and give us a good showing,” Ford said. “I think they did a great job.”

ACA came on strong in the second half, scoring 14 unanswered points in the third quarter then another 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to bring the game within reach in the closing stages.

“ACA’s a quality football team” Ford said. “We beat a good football team. When you have two good football teams, it’s going to go back and forth.”

Causey added, “We can’t wait until the second half to try and move the football. We knew coming in this week that they were going to score some points.”

The Patriots were led by quarterback Austin Mohlenbrok, who threw for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the second half to finish the game 9 of 23 for 148 yards. Mohlenbrok also contributed 43 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the second half.

Mohlenbrok found John Roberts twice for touchdowns in the second half, one for 8 yards and one for 19.

Sipsey Valley (5-4) will end the regular season by hosting Hale County next Friday, while ACA (3-6) will end the season at Central.