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Lions pounce on first win of 2018 against Turlock Christian

Six takeaways give VCA a victorious home-opener
By: Nick Pecoraro
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NORTH HIGHLANDS– The Valley Christian Academy football team played its first home game of 2018 and treated its fans to a resounding 41-22 victory over Turlock Christian Saturday night for the Lions’ first win of the season.

Senior running back Drake Williams scored four rushing touchdowns to lead the Lions offensively while the VCA defense pitched a second-half shutout to leave victorious.

After two straight weeks of logging heavy miles for away games, the Lions made their home debut, playing at Highlands High School, where the VCA faithful played a big part as the Lions’ 12th man.

“It was fun,” said VCA head coach Doug Williams. “We definitely played better at home because of the huge support from our crowd.”

The home-crowd hype seemed to do the trick out of the gate as VCA scored 21 first-quarter points. Freshman quarterback Tommy Fasig, who earned the starting nod under center, got the scoring started with a touchdown toss to John Hibbs, making it 6-0, Lions.

“We chose to go with Tommy,” said Doug Williams. “He’s young and learning, but he’s doing really well.”

Drake Williams then scored the first two of his four TDs on the night to make the score 21-8 after just one quarter. Williams extended the Lions’ lead with another score in the second, allowing VCA to head to the locker room with a 29-22 cushion.

The third quarter was a tug-of-war for possession by both teams, but one series in particular drew the delight from Coach Williams.

“The third quarter was intense,” he said. “It was a back-and-forth, seesaw battle. Turlock was driving, pushing us back against our will, and it was looking like they were going to make a move. But our defenders held them to a four-and-out.”

After a scoreless third quarter, the Lions broke the game open in the fourth as Bradyn McIntosh recovered a fumble and returned it to the end zone, upping the VCA lead to 35-22. After yet another fumble recovery in the Lions’ favor, Drake Williams punched home his fourth touchdown of the night, capping the score at 41-22.

In all, the Lions recovered six Turlock Christian fumbles, capitalizing with touchdowns on all except the final one, where they chose to run out the clock to end the game.

Valley Christian (1-2) heads to Reno this week to take on the Coral Academy of Science (0-2), whom the Lions beat last year, 28-13, behind 104 rushing yards from Williams.