By Gary Lloyd
PINSON — It’s the only blemish on an otherwise perfect record a season ago.
Pinson Valley 25, Oneonta 18.
It’s the lone loss Oneonta suffered last season, en route to a 14-1 season and Class 4A state championship win over Charles Henderson. The loss to the Indians came this week a season ago.
Class 4A No. 5 Oneonta has its chance at redemption Friday, when it plays Pinson Valley (0-1) at Willie Adams Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Pinson Valley gutted out the upset victory last season, running just 43 plays to Oneonta’s 70. The Redskins totaled 18 first downs, while the Indians compiled just seven. Pinson Valley’s defense, however, forced four turnovers that led to its first 18 points.
In the game last season, Pinson Valley running back Nick Gibson carried just 14 times for 39 yards and a touchdown. The Indians will need more production than that Friday if they want to get their first win. Last week against Hartselle, the offense seemed to stand out in offensive coordinator Jon Clements’ first game.
The Pinson Valley defense will also need to stand tall in a game that feels like it could take on the identity of a shootout.
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