Jarline “Scoop” Lee picked up 16 yards on the first play from scrimmage, and Justice Owens followed with a 19-yard run of his own.
The backfield duo of Lee and Owens couldn’t be contained through the first three quarters, and the Valley Cubs cruised to a 34-7 victory over Boaz on homecoming at Lou Scales Stadium.
Lee finished with 165 yards on 25 carries, and Owens added 70 on 10. Both got into the end zone twice.
Alexandria coach Frank Tucker was pleased with the way his backs ran the ball but also gave credit to his offensive line.
“Scoop and Justice both complement each other,” Tucker said. “But I think when we look at the film, we are going to see that our linemen blocked very good tonight, maybe their best game of the year.”
After two nice gains to open the contest, Lee did the rest, capping the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run that put the Valley Cubs up 7-0 four minutes into the game after a Gabe Marchal extra point.
The Pirates got off to a good start on offense as well, but their drive would eventually stall, which became a common theme.
Tyler Martin picked up gains of 11 and 23 yards on Boaz’s first two plays to move the Pirates to the Valley Cub 37-yard line, but Alexandria defenders were in the backfield on the next two downs and forced a punt.
The Valley Cubs added to their lead with a strong performance late in the second quarter.
Owens took the ball and raced 35 yards for a touchdown to put Alexandria up 14 with 5:42 left before halftime.
On the Valley Cubs’ next drive, Lee did the honors, rushing up the middle for a 16-yard score, breaking several tackles along the way and putting his team up 21 1:19 seconds before the break.
The Pirates moved the ball to the Valley Cub 30-yard line. But with time running down, Boaz quarterback Wesley Burns had to loft the ball to the end zone where Tyler Burr came away with an interception.
“I was proud of our defense,” Tucker said. “We’ve had a lot of letdowns, but I think tonight was the best game they’ve played so far this year.”
Alexandria pinned the Pirates deep after its opening drive stalled when Burr’s punt rolled out of bounds at the 8-yard line.
Boaz went three-and-out and only got 14 yards on the punt, setting the Valley Cubs up with great field position at the 19-yard line.
Owens put Alexandria up 28-0 a few moments later with a 2-yard touchdown run with 11:01 left in the game.
The Pirates fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Tucker began putting some of his backups in the game.
Collin Snider took full advantage, bursting up the middle for a 36-yard touchdown run that put the Valley Cubs up 34-0 with 10:15 to go after Marchal missed his only extra point of the night.
Tez Jacobs found a gap on Boaz’s next position, gaining 36 yards to set up his 4-yard touchdown run that set the final score.
Tucker was pleased with his team’s performance and was happy to give Alexandria fans a win on homecoming.
“It’s always good to get a win on homecoming,” Tucker said. “You have a lot of people, that might be the only game that they come to. We want to put on a good showing for these people. A lot of them played here and sweated here. We just wanted to put on a good show and make them be proud of Alexandria football.”