Valley Head runs past Eagles for region win


SUMITON — Class 1A, Region 7 front-runner Valley Head was nearly unstoppable on the ground, running for 464 yards in a 41-6 win over the Sumiton Christian Eagles on Friday night at David Campbell Field.

Eagles’ quarterback Jordon Robertson totaled 122 yards for the contest, passing for 94 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, while rushing for 28 yards on seven carries. His top receiver was Kannen DeFoor with three catches for 38 yards. Eli Moon rushed five times for 37 yards. Defensively, Christian Hyche recorded eight tackles with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, while Soloman Wood and Tyler Ingle had an interception each.

The Tigers scored on a 58-yard run in the first quarter, but missed the extra point kick to gain the 6-0 edge.

Early in the second quarter, Valley Head found the endzone after a 72-yard drive, then added a two-point conversion to retain command, 14-0.

The Eagles got on the scoreboard after Wood’s interception set Sumiton Christian up at the Valley Head 44-yard line. Two plays later, Robertson found Ashton McClendon on a 28-yard touchdown strike, but the two-point conversion was unsuccessful, drawing the Eagles within eight, 14-6.

No. 7 Valley Head (8-1, 6-0) scored again prior to halftime on a 62-yard drive and kick the extra point to take a 21-6 lead into the break.

The second half belong to the Tigers, with Valley Head scoring on drives of 66 and 68 yards in the third quarter and adding a touchdown on a drive of 80 yards in the fourth quarter for the 41-6 final.

Sumiton Christian (5-4, 3-3) finishes Class 1A, Region 7 play in the fourth-place spot, advancing to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. The Eagles will close the regular season at home on Friday against the Meek Tigers (1-8).