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Gordo enters Sipsey Valley's new stadium, gets big win

Malcolm Nicholson (9) runs the ball for Gordo during a game at Sipsey Valley Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (Photo by MICHELLE LEPIANKA CARTER | THE TUSCALOOSA NEWS)


By Kelly Ward | Special to The Tuscaloosa News

BUHL | On a night when the biggest news was supposed to be Sipsey Valley High’s new stadium, Gordo quarterback Lane Moss took over the spotlight and threw for 145 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 75 percent of his passes in Gordo’s 49-11 victory Friday.

The Greenwave had 334 yards of total offense, while the Bears struggled with penalties the whole game.

“Hats off to Sipsey Valley, I thought they fought hard throughout the game,” Gordo coach Ryan Lolley said. “I was proud of my guys for fighting, but at the same time we’ve got to cut back on mistakes and continue to get better each and every week. ... We’re glad to get a win.”

Senior Garret Lewis led the charge for the Bears with 102 yards passing and 82 rushing. He scored the only touchdown of the night for Sipsey Valley and threw a two-point conversion.

“(We will) go back to work on Monday and get ready to show them the film and see where we messed up at,” Sipsey Valley coach Antonio Ford said.

Sipsey Valley surged at the end of the second quarter to reach within 2 yards of the goal line before time expired.

“Miscommunication,” Ford said. “The quarterback didn’t see the signal in the end. There were a lot of people moving around. He just didn’t see it, and it was hard to manage the time with no scoreboard. We couldn’t really tell how much time was on the clock.”

The first quarter was a quick affair, with Gordo only scoring off Devin Prude’s field goal. The Bears answered in the second quarter with a field goal of their own off of Kody Ewing’s foot. Gordo quickly took back control with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Moss. The Greenwave scored two more touchdowns before crushing the Bears’ last drive of the second quarter.

Despite the scoreboard, both teams struggled with penalties. Each racked up 12.

“Our guys were just trying to be aggressive,” Ford said. “You make mistakes.”

In spite of the win, the performance was not what Lolley was looking for from his team.

“Well, penalties will kill you, and they hurt us a lot tonight,” Lolley said. “We’ve got to minimize our mistakes, and we’ll talk to our guys about doing what we’re supposed to do when we’re supposed to do it and in the right way. We’ve just got to continue to improve there, and we’ve got a lot of young guys playing, but at the same time, we’re never going to make an excuse from mistakes.”

Gordo improved to 2-0 and will host Fayette County next Friday, while Sipsey Valley, which will host Greensboro, dropped to 0-2.