Dependable running attack lifts Wellborn
by Chris Brown
Special to The Star
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Wellborn's Landon Machristie puts a stiff-arm out against Pleasant Valley's Lucas Ford. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Wellborn's Landon Machristie puts a stiff-arm out against Pleasant Valley's Lucas Ford. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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PLEASANT VALLEY — On a night when the temperature hovered around freezing, the best way to find success during a football is the running game. This is the motto for Wellborn’s wing-T offense under head coach Jeff Smith, and it showed Friday night.

Despite going the whole game without completing a pass (besides a 2-point conversion in the second quarter), Wellborn was able to defeat Pleasant Valley 48-8. The Panthers’ victory was fueled by the team’s 367 rushing yards on 38 carries.

Quarterback Landon Machristie led the way with 116 yards on nine carries, including touchdown runs of 4 and 65 yards.

“I thought we came out pretty slow,” Machristie said. “Our coach got after us pretty good, and we picked it up.”

The running back trio of Kevin Mixon, DJ Rhoden, and Chantz Goodman combined to carry the ball 20 times for 198 yards.

“We have a lot of momentum going right now, and we have to keep it going into next week,” Machristie said.

Mixon scored the first Wellborn touchdown on the evening as he took a handoff around the right-end, and out-ran the Raider defense for a 68-yard score. In the early stages of the third quarter, Rhoden was able to find the end zone on a 30 yard draw play up the middle. Goodman was the last of the trio to score, but midway through the third quarter, he took a handoff for 29 yards into the end zone.

Offense was not the only place in which Rhoden shined. In the second quarter, he brought pressure on the Raiders’ punter, blocking a kick, picking up the loose ball and running it into the end zone from 32 yards out.

TreVonte Walker put the cap on the game as he scored on a 20-yard run with 4:44 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“I feel like we went out there tonight and got a win, and stayed healthy,” Smith said.

“I feel like we have room to improve.”

For Pleasant Valley, running back Drew Lewiski led the way with 81 yards on the ground, including a 3-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Lucas Ford threw for 70 yards while running for 19.

“We battled. All I can ask them to do is fight, and they fought,” said Pleasant Valley head coach Jeff Davis. “They had a lot of fight left in them late in the ballgame.

“Wellborn has a great football team and they are well coached.”
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