Indians host struggling Curry for homecoming
By Gary Lloyd
Pinson Valley will try to end a two-game losing skid Friday when it hosts a struggling Curry team for its homecoming game.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Willie Adams Stadium.
Pinson Valley (3-3, 2-2 Class 5A, Region 6) is coming off what is likely its toughest two-game stretch in some time, falling at home Sept. 27 to Class 6A No. 2 Clay-Chalkville, 48-31, and last week at Class 5A No. 7 Center Point, 40-14.
Against Clay-Chalkville, the Pinson Valley offense clicked from the second quarter on, scoring on four of its final seven possessions and outscoring the Cougars 28-14 from the middle of the second quarter onward.
At Center Point last week, the Indians struggled from the beginning, falling behind 24-0 by halftime. Junior running back Nick Gibson had accounted for 140 yards — 99 rushing, 41 receiving — by halftime. The rest of the Pinson Valley offense combined for -2 yards in the first two quarters.
Head coach Matt Glover said the team didn’t have a good week of practice leading up to the game at Center Point. That probably changed this week, leading into a region matchup with Curry (1-5, 0-4).
Curry won its first game of the year over Carbon Hill, 42-14, but has since lost five consecutive games. Curry has allowed 53.8 points per game its last five games, and has managed to score just 17 points in those games.
Expect Pinson Valley’s offense to get back on track against Curry. The defense should corral Curry, whose main threat is quarterback Jarrod Owens, who can get it done with his arm and legs.
A big win will be just what Pinson Valley needs heading into important region games at Springville on Oct. 18 and against Moody on Oct. 25.
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