The VBFA Pointers routs Greenbrier in home opener.
The VBFA opened up at home in a big way.
The defense intercepted twice on the first five plays and scored a couple of touchdowns to take an early lead.
The offense pounded out a ground game and the team dismantled Greenbrier 27-6 in a nonconference game at Citizens Bank Stadium at Blakemore Field.
The Academy will host Morrilton in the final tune-up for River Valley Conference play.
Greenbrier tried to utilize a bubble screen early in the contest, but Geoffrey Scott made both picks and quickly took the Panthers bread-and-butter play away from them for the duration of the game.
“I thought we did a great job making those reads,” said Academy coach Eric Capp. “We were able to keep them from relying on that play and was able to get a couple of good looks.”
The first Scott interception came on the second play of the game. Scott stepped in front of the receiver behind the line of scrimmage for the initial pick, he dropped to the ground and the Academy took over first-and-10 from the Panther 11.
Three plays later Isaac Nason, stepping in for Trent Ball, carried in the run for the first touchdown with 6:14 left in the first quarter.
About a minute and a half later, Scott grabbed another interception and was able to return it about 30 yards for the touchdown. Gabe Schweizer made the PAT and the Academy led 13-0 with 4:41 remaining.
The squad held onto the ball for over 18 minutes for the duration of the game, which was what Capp was aiming to do.
“We based our offense on being able to ground out the clock, and it was good to see we did that,” he said. “The defense had a great game plan, we gave up one big play, but we played well overall.”
Greenbrier had just 73 yards of offense with 33 on the ground and 40 through the air on three caught passes. The biggest play was a 35-yard catch which moved the Panthers to the Pointer 5 and set up the only touchdown for Greenbrier.
The Academy finished with 213 yards on offense with 193 on the ground. Jackson Hurst was the workhorse as he had 20 carries for 68 yards. Jude Bartholomew added five totes for 48 yards including a three-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the third quarter. The Academy ate up about 3:50 of the clock for the 10-play drive which covered only 57 yards.
Scott added the final touchdown late in the fourth on a four-yard scramble.
VBFA opened the season with a loss at Rogers and almost flipped the score against Greenbrier.
“We had a really intense film session on Friday of last week,” Capp said. “When we looked at the film, we didn’t play bad, we just had some mistakes. We had two of the best days of practices this week and I think we fixed some of those mistakes.”
Morrilton 35, Alma 8
The Devil Dogs took an early 20-0 lead before the Airedales got on the board in the second half of Thursday’s nonconference game in Morrilton.
Alma took the opening kickoff in the third quarter and drove it 60 yards for a score. Josh Davis capped the drive with a 25-yard touchdown run and he added the two-point conversion to make it 20-8.
“Linebacker Gabe Jensen played very well (Thursday) night,” said coach J.D. Coursey. “Fullback Wesley Painter also played well and Nick Archer had a good game at center this week.”
After hitting the road for the first two weeks Alma finally returns home to host Booneville in the final nonconference game before hosting Chaffin on Sept. 22.
Cedarville at Waldron
The seventh grade won 16-0 while the junior high fell 42-6. Bryce Calhoun scored the lone touchdown for Cedarville.