Alexandria head coach Frank Tucker “really liked” how his defense played.
“Our defense gave us a chance to win,” he said. “Offensively, we have to take the blame.”
The Blue Devils were first on the scoreboard, because of a 27-yard run by senior running back Devin Horton. That play capped an eight-play, 70-yard opening drive.
Both teams struggled to get anything going offensively. When it seemed they were about to put together a drive, an error ended their momentum. Mistakes like false starts, late hits and turnovers stalled several drives. The game was a virtual stalemate until midway through the fourth quarter.
With about three minutes remaining in the fourth, Alexandria lined up to punt the ball away on their own 39-yard line. The Valley Cub punt went straight into the back of one of their protectors and Etowah recovered on the 27-yard line.
The Valley Cubs’ defense hung tough, but not between the whistles.
A late hit after a third-down play gave Etowah a new set of downs from the 14-yard line.
Senior running back Marquavious Britton scored on the next play on a 14-yard run. Etowah finally had some breathing room with a 14-0 lead.
However, Alexandria responded by going down the field on a 65-yard drive for a touchdown. Two passes highlighted the drive — a 31-yard completion from Luke Tucker to Gabe Marchal and a 27-yard completion by the same duo. Etowah led 14-7.
Etowah recovered the onside kick and proceeded to run out the clock.
It was the first game in the Drew Noles era for Etowah.
“It was one of the ugliest wins I’ve ever been a part of,” said Noles, “but, I’d rather win ugly than lose pretty. I’m real proud of our guys.”
Etowah’s Kordell Randolph completed 8 of his 16 passes for 70 yards
Alton Davis led Alexandria with 79-yards.
Valley Cubs quarterback Luke Tucker completed 5 of his 12 passes for 82 yards.