NORTH HIGHLANDS– In front of an enthusiastic home crowd at the Highlands High School football stadium, the Valley Christian Academy football team made an impressive first drive against who many consider the top team in the league.
The Lions marched down the field and scored on the opening series against Woodland Christian Saturday night on a short quarterback-keeper by Bradyn McIntosh. Drake Williams’ two-point conversion put the Lions up 8-0 early in the first quarter.
Then the Cardinals showed VCA why many around the league consider them the favorite to win the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League.
“Our first drive was awesome,” said VCA head coach Doug Williams. “Then (Woodland Christian) scored. Then they scored every time they got the ball and we stopped scoring.”
VCA remained in striking distance at the end of the first quarter, down just 14-8, but Woodland Christian scored 28 second-quarter points and wound up with a 69-8 final over the less-experienced Lions.
“(Woodland Christian) is very well-coached and very disciplined,” Coach Williams added. “If you take away ‘A’, they’ll throw ‘B’ at you. If you take away ‘B’, they’ll give you ‘C’ and then ‘D’. Then they’ll throw ‘A’ back at you because maybe you forgot about that.”
McIntosh, who has been sharing time under center with freshman Tommy Fasig, got the start Saturday in a move that Coach Williams thought might throw a wrench into the Cardinals’ film scouting.
“Bradyn gives us some different dimensions,” said Coach Williams. “We thought we would try to catch them off guard.”
McIntosh was on guard defensively, leading VCA with 11 tackles on the evening while Fasig corralled his second interception of the year for the Lions.
Despite a 1-5 record – an 0-2 showing in the SMAL – Coach Williams said the Lions, his seniors in particular, still have a lot of bite left in them.
“They want better results, obviously,” he said. “But they’re showing up to work every day, and it sets the tone for everyone else to come to work. They all have great attitudes and they’re working hard.”
VCA goes back to work Friday night when it travels to Clarksburg for a matchup with Delta (1-1, 2-5).