Wehunt, Indians knock off Pleasant Valley
by Chris Brown
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Ohatchee’s Desmond Bankston fumbles the ball Friday against Pleasant Valley. (Photo by Bill Wilson)
Ohatchee’s Desmond Bankston fumbles the ball Friday against Pleasant Valley. (Photo by Bill Wilson)
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JACKSONVILLE — The second time playing in the Calhoun County Gridiron Showcase was much more forgiving for Ohatchee head coach Nathan Wehunt.

Last year, he took the head coaching job days before the spring game.

This year, his Ohatchee Indians were able to pull out a 20-7 win over the Pleasant Valley Raiders before the scoreboard was wiped clean for the junior varsity in the fourth quarter. At the sound of the final buzzer, the Ohatchee junior varsity team was up 8-0 over Pleasant Valley’s junior varsity.

“We won the last two games of the season last year, so that kind of propelled us as far as offseason workouts. So now with this win, it gives us something to build on this summer,” Wehunt said

Tristan Allen carried the load on the ground for the Indians, gaining 119 yards on 15 carries while scoring from 10 yards out on a draw play and later on a 20-yard pitch from quarterback Dillon Parker. Parker also added his own rushing touchdown right before the half, capping a six-minute drive.

“Tristan is our workhorse, and Dillon played last year as one of our wide receivers and we’ve moved him to quarterback, and he’s doing a good job,” Wehunt said. “I’m proud of both of them, not just those two, but everybody. It was a total team effort.”

Pleasant Valley had a shining star in the form of Devin Mobley, who scored the lone touchdown for the Raiders in the third quarter on a nine-yard plunge up the middle.

“Our kids played extremely hard, and I’m proud of our guys for not giving up,” Raiders coach Jeff Davis said.

Both teams will open the regular season on Aug. 30th and play each other on Oct. 11th.

Alexandria 8, White Plains 0

In the final game of the Gridiron Showcase, the debut of quarterback Luke Tucker for Alexandria was a short one as weather prevented the two teams from starting the second quarter. The game was ultimately called.

“It’s disappointing because both sides work so hard, and then you get to go out and play and the weather ends it,” Valley Cubs coach Frank Tucker said.

The Valley Cubs came into the spring with a major hole to fill left by departed senior Justice Owens. Through the only quarter of play, Alton Davis tried his best to fill that void by rushing for 36 yards on six carries.

Another question mark was the ability of Luke Tucker under center. His 25-yard completion to Cole Burgess helped move the ball down the field during the Valley Cubs’ scoring drive which ended with Deion Thomas running straight up the middle from a yard out with 23 seconds left on the clock.

“We’re looking at all the players out there, and that’s really what you do in the spring,” Frank Tucker said.

The Wildcats ran only eight offensive plays, but Johnny Bynum made the most of half of those with 25 yards on four carries. He also had a 51-yard touchdown run called back on a holding penalty.

“I thought we were trying to play to some strengths on our offensive line. I thought that looked pretty good,” Wildcats coach Heath Harmon said. “I thought we were playing physical on defense, and that’s what we wanted to do.”

Despite only one quarter of football, both coaches noted the importance of having a game-type atmosphere, what it’s like to prep for a game, as well as having some film to look at and study.

“I would’ve liked to play four quarters and played all of our kids, so I hate that, but there’s nothing you can do about the lightning,” Harmon said.
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