High School Sports

Strong start keys Veterans to win over Worth County

Veterans earned its second straight win Friday night.
Veterans earned its second straight win Friday night.

Veterans came out the gate strong, taking an early lead in the first quarter to beat Worth County 27-14 on Friday night.

Veterans produced 379 yards of offense, while holding Worth County to 214. Veterans improves to 2-1, While Worth County falls to 0-3.

Three who mattered

Leyton Pinckney: The senior quarterback for Veterans threw for 173 yards. He gave his team the lead early in the first quarter with a 73-yard touchdown, and Veterans never looked back.

Jeremy Horton: The senior for Veterans rushed for 119 yards on nine carries and had 108 receiving yards, including Pinckney’s long scoring pass. He added a 65-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Cordelle Clark: The junior for Veterans had an 8-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter and 29 receiving yards.

Turning point

Veterans recovered a Worth Country fumble early in the first quarter and took an early lead with the scoring strike from Pinckney to Horton.

Observations

Slow start: Veterans’ defense started out slow, allowing Worth County to take an early lead. Coming out at the half, the defense held Worth County to a late touchdown in the third quarter. The defense had an interception by Justin Stevens in the third quarter and a fumble recovery by Andrew Ensley in the fourth quarter.

They said it

Veterans head coach David Bruce on the win: “I am very excited that we won. Any victory is a great victory, but we keep putting ourselves in precarious positions. When we get a chance to try and put somebody away, we need to do that. We don’t need to give them a new life and get them back in the game because of our miscues.”

Pinckney on the win: “As a whole, it was good game. There are a lot of things to work on going throughout the season, but I am really pleased. It’s always good to get a victory.”

What’s next?

Veterans faces Houston County on Friday.

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