The Valley Cubs’ spring jamboree game against White Plains was rained out after one quarter of play. But on Friday, it was a good night for Alexandria, which scored a 28-26 win over Class 4A No. 2 Oneonta.
Each team played the first half with the varsity players, with Alexandria winning 14-7 as Luke Tucker tossed a pair of touchdown passes. In the second half, both teams fielded their junior varsity teams, Oneonta won 19-14.
“It’s nothing more than a preseason scrimmage, but hopefully, we got some of the nervousness out of us, got our jitters out, and we stayed healthy” Alexandria coach Frank Tucker said. “Hopefully, it’ll help us, kind of like having a game under our belt before we go an actual real game.”
The Redskins were able to strike first on the scoreboard by a 1-yard touchdown run by Avery Reid at the 5:40 mark in the first quarter.
It didn't take long for the Valley Cubs to answer, as 59 seconds later, first-year varsity starting quarterback Luke Tucker found Cole Burgess in the back of the end zone for a 15-yard reception. The three-play drive was fueled by Alton Davis' 59-yard burst up the middle.
Tucker later found Derrik Turner on a perfect fade route on fourth-and-goal from the 10-yard line, putting the Valley Cubs ahead 14-7 in the second quarter.
About getting game work, Tucker said, “It feels good. It gives me a little more experience going into the next game.”
On his first-year quarterback, Frank Tucker said, "“He’s still a rookie. I thought the line blocked very well for him, and the receivers made great catches. He's going to make some mistakes, but the team really helped him out tonight.”
In the third quarter, the Valley Cubs saw the Redskins retake the lead after a 7-yard touchdown pass from Ko Powell to Trevor Smith and an 8-yard run by Juan Chavez.
At quarterback, sophomore Jacob Heathcock lead the fourth-quarter comeback with touchdown runs of 2 and 17 yards to put the Valley Cubs up for good.
The Oneonta Redskins didn't go down without a fight, though, as Ko Powell threw a 51-yard scoring pass to Trevor Smith with 51 seconds left. However, a pass break-up by freshman AJ Martin on the 2-point conversion sealed the win for the Valley Cubs.
“You improve a whole lot between the first and second game and by getting a
scrimmage," Frank Tucker said. "We make a lot of the first game mistakes in this scrimmage so hopefully we can correct them while watching film and get better for next week."