GAYLESVILLE – The Gaylesville Trojans controlled the line of scrimmage Friday night, allowing for big nights from backs DJ Lee and Jacob Gordon in a 48-28 victory over visiting Coosa Christian.
Lee ran for 202 yards on 16 carries and scored on runs of 47, 48 and 6 yards. He also threw touchdown passes of 34 yards to Gage White and 11 yards to Gordon.
Gordon gained 105 yards and scored two touchdowns on 11 totes. He also caught a 2-point conversion pass.
But the news wasn’t all good for Gaylesville (3-1, 2-0). They lost quarterback Tyler Bentheimer and halfback Hunter Penney to injuries early in the game.
However, the Trojans didn’t let that misfortune deter them.
“We were having to mix and match, but we just handed the ball off to our backs and let our guys up front take control of the game,” Gaylesville coach Brian Knapp said. “We controlled the game up front on both sides of the football. I think that was the biggest difference. Our defense also played exceptionally well. It was 34-0, but then they scored on a busted play. They got some cleanup TDs on us late. Up front we played great, and I thought we played really good in the secondary. The bottom line is we controlled both lines of scrimmage, and it always starts up front.”
Gaylesville hosts Valley Head in a battle of region unbeatens on Friday.
“Obviously they’re a huge challenge for us,” Knapp said. “It might be a bigger challenge for us now since we may be without two of our guys. We’ll just have to regroup and come up with a game plan we think will fit us and do the best we can do. That’s going to be our approach. They’re a good football team. We’ve got our hands full.”