The Academy Pointers win conference opener, while Chaffin tops Alma.

The Academy’s defense slowed down Darby as the Pointers won the River Valley Conference opener on Thursday 33-6 at Citizens Bank Stadium at Blakemore Field.

Van Buren (2-2, 1-0) will travel to Kimmons for another conference showdown at Mayo-Thompson Stadium on Sept. 29. Darby (2-2, 0-1) travels to Harrison. Kimmons (1-3, 0-1) dropped a 37-13 decision to Harrison on Thursday.

“We talked about if we want to play for a conference championship, we have to start with the game (Thursday night),” said Academy coach Eric Capp. “We’ll celebrate this win tonight, but tomorrow we’ll start breaking down film on Kimmons and get ready for the next big game.”

The Pointer defense gave up just 123 yards of offense with the Rangers limited to 95 yards on 24 carries. Darby had a couple of big runs, the biggest was a 36 yarder by quarterback Jackson King, which set up the Rangers only touchdown. The Academy made eight stops for no gain or less (seven tackles for a total loss of 23 yards). Another three tackles were for two yards or less. So, about half of the defensive stops by the Pointers were for little gain.

“Coach Derek Davis did a great job at coming up with the game plan for the defense,” said Capp. “The team also did a great job with executing the plan. We may have missed some tackles, but we made some tackles when we needed to. Anytime you can hold a conference opponent to six points, it’s a good thing.”

The Pointer offense garnered 304 yards with all but 19 of it on the ground.

Quarterback Isaac Nason had 74 yards on seven carries with one touchdown. He also completed one pass for 19 yards to Geoffrey Scott.

Jackson Hurst added 10 carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Hurst put the first score up on the board on a seven-yard carry with 1:49 remaining in the game. Nason added the two-point conversion and the Pointers led 8-0. Hurst also scored on a 33-yard scramble late in the third quarter to push the lead to 27-0.

Jude Bartholomew scored on a 40-yard run early in the second quarter to give the Academy a 14-0 advantage by halftime.

Kameron Chambers added a 56-yard blast in the fourth quarter for the final score of the night.

King scored Darby’s only touchdown on a three-yard keeper in the third quarter, to make it 27-6. King finished with 64 yards on 11 carries and he completed 3 of 11 passes for 28 yards with one interception.

Brayden Rivas hauled in the interception and ran 38 yards to the Darby 11. However, a penalty on the Academy set the back and the Pointers were unable to capitalize on the turnover. Rivas also had a 49-yard run in the second half which set up the first Pointer TD of that half.

Chaffin 21, Alma 12

The Airedales (1-3, 0-1) began the game with a 10-play, 60-yard drive capped by Josh Davis’ four-yard run, but Chaffin responded with 21 straight points to lead 21-6 at the half.

“We played well at times and poorly at times,” said coach J.D. Coursey. “If we can put an entire game together, we have a chance to be pretty good. Our defense really played lights out in the second half. We just dug too big of a hole in the first half.”

Davis added another touchdown in the second half, on an 11-yard run.

Cedarville dropped its contest 36-6 to Charleston.