Coosa Valley drops area game

Published 12:55 am Saturday, October 4, 2008

Coosa Valley senior J.B. Ripley might have best summed up his team’s performance Friday against Ashford.

“It was a rough night,” said Ripley, who broke his left ring finger on the first play from scrimmage.

The Rebels lost at home, 34-6, in an area match-up.

“They were very physical, and we weren’t,” said head coach Steven Mackin. “We couldn’t get in a rhythm. They just blew us off the football.”

Things began well for Coosa Valley, when Tanner Wood recovered an onsite kick to start the game.

However, the Rebels couldn’t capitalize on the good field position.

Ashford responded by driving down the field and finding the end zone with a touchdown pass from Preston Harris to Cade Hughes. The PAT was good, which put Ashford up, 7-0.

The Falcons never looked back, winning convincingly behind a strong running game.

Ashford senior Kevin Gray had a career game, racking up 150 yards and two touchdowns.

In all, Ashford rushed for 325 yards, while Coosa Valley had less than 100 yards on the ground.

Coosa Valley’s passing game was slightly better than Ashford’s. The home team had 150 passing yards, while Ashford had 60 yards through the air.

Whit Lovelady found Ripley for a 73-yard bomb late in the third, which gave the Rebels their only points of the night.

Ashford led 14-0 at the break and scored three more touchdowns in the second half to secure the win.

On defense for CVA, Phillip Neal led the team with 7 tackles, while Casey Shellnut collected an interception.

Coosa Valley (3-3, 3-2) travels to Chambers next week for another regional game.