RENO, Nevada– After a victorious home-opener last weekend, the Valley Christian Academy football team could not find a way to leave Reno with the same result Saturday night.
The Lions were down by just one score with around three minutes left in the game, but a breakaway touchdown cemented a 34-20 victory for host Coral Academy of Science.
VCA held a 14-6 lead at halftime, but the Falcons entered the second half a different team, said head coach Doug Williams.
“Coral came out inspired,” Williams said. “We ran into a team that was really hungry playing their first home game.”
Payton Meyers returned a first-quarter kickoff nearly 90 yards, Williams said, for a touchdown to tie the game at 6 apiece. Drake Williams rushed for another score in the second quarter to give an eight-point cushion to the Lions at the half.
The Falcons scored a pair of touchdowns while holding the Lions in check during the third quarter to retake the lead at 21-14.
A third second-half touchdown for Coral put the Falcons up 27-14 in the fourth quarter. Drake Williams then caught a touchdown pass to bring VCA within a touchdown with around three minutes to play, but Coral answered with another long rushing score to seal the victory.
VCA lost some flexibility in its offense as freshman quarterback Tommy Fasig had to leave the game with an injury. Coach Williams had to remove Bradyn McIntosh from the wide receiver position back under center for the remainder of the game.
“We’re more balanced when Tommy is at quarterback,” Williams said. “It allows Bradyn to play a skill position, which makes us more threatening. We just ran into some adversity that didn’t go our way.”
The Lions head to their bye week at 1-3 and will begin to work on a plan for Encina Prep in the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League opener Saturday Sept. 29 – an 11 a.m. kickoff.
“We’re growing and getting stronger,” said Williams. “League will be a dogfight. We’ve got our feet wet and got lots of experience. We just need to clean it up.”