Valley ninth-grade football falls to Auburn

Published 7:42 pm Tuesday, September 11, 2018

AUBURN — The Valley Rams freshman football team fell to Auburn’s ninth-grade team 19-13 on Monday night.

Valley scored on its opening drive that was capped by a Bentley Green extra point before giving up three consecutive scoring drives to Auburn before halftime to give the Tigers a 19-7 advantage going into the break. The Rams scored another touchdown with 3:40 remaining in the fourth quarter. Valley ultimately came up short in its last offensive drive with a chance to win with a touchdown.

“Our kids played really hard tonight,” Valley ninth-grade head football coach Thomas Hill said. “I’m proud that they were giving it all they had in that second half and in the fourth quarter.”

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Running back Tykale Foreman returned to having another 100-plus rushing yard game with 121 yards and a touchdown with 16 carries on the night. Quarterback John White rushed for 19 yards on three attempts.

Athlete M.J. Atkinson appeared to have another solid showing at quarterback, going 5-for-13 in the air for 37 passing yards in the effort. White went 1-for-2 for 17 yards and a touchdown.

Wide receiver Kalen Sherrell led all Ram receivers, reeling in five catches for 30 yards. Atkinson was the second-leading receiver on the night, catching one ball for 17 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Hunter Burdette had 11 tackles total and three tackles for a loss. Lamonta Gilbert and Dylan Earle each had five tackles and two tackles for a loss. Cross Colley had four tackles, including one for a loss.