Goldbugs win 39-14 at Thomas

Following a disappointing loss at Purcell, the Alva Goldbugs were determined to win Friday night in Thomas. After a scoreless first quarter, the Goldbugs made three touchdowns before halftime. The Terriers made it into the end zone twice, but Alva brought home a decisive 39-14 victory.

First Half

The first quarter was scoreless as the teams assessed each other for weaknesses.

The second period started with Goldbug Allie Pollock sacking Terrier quarterback Tye Littlebird. A false start on a fourth down meant Thomas had to punt.

From the Alva 26 yard line, Cambell Gasiford handed the ball to Lantz Mathers four times, resulting in three first downs. Mathers took a hard hit causing an injury timeout. A keeper by Gaisford and a pass to Daylon Malone covered the final 25 yards to the end zone where Malone dived across the line. Kash Shipley's kick was blocked, but the Goldbugs were on the board 6-0.

The Goldbug defense held off the Terriers at the Alva 26 when Malone intercepted a pass. Thomas returned the favor on the next play when Zac Clancy picked off an Alva pass. Thomas managed only three yards and gave up the ball on the Alva 27.

Gaisford connected with Shipley on a long pass, and Shipley took it to the house for a 73 yard touchdown. Shipley's kick added another point, and Alva led 13-0.

Thomas made little headway and had to punt from a low snap. Malone grabbed the ball at the 42 and went all the way to the end zone, but a flag on Alva cancelled the score.

At the Thomas 40, Gaisford handed the ball to Demarkus Wharton who ran those 40 yards to pay dirt. The extra point kick was low, but Alva led 19-0 going into halftime.

Second Half

The Goldbugs started the second half with the ball, advancing steadily from their 20 yard line. Mathers ran the ball for two first downs. Then Gaisford had a four yard run. Following a fake, Gaisford made a 12 yard first down. Mathers made a 35 yard first down, dragging tacklers along the way. Thomas drew a late hit flag, giving Alva even more forward progress to the 7 yard line. Gaisford gave the ball to Wharton who crossed to the end zone for another TD. Shipley's extra point kick was good, and Alva now led 26-0 with 9:19 left in the third quarter.

Thomas had a long drive down the field. The Terriers were within nine yards of the goal when the Goldbugs drew double penalties. That put Thomas one yard from the finish line. Littlebird passed the ball, but Wharton picked it off. The Goldbugs had to start just four yards from their goal line. They made it to the 49 and had to punt.

At their 38, the Terriers managed a spectacular pass play from Littlebird to Clancy resulting in a 62 yard touchdown. Isaac Miller's kick was good, and Thomas was on the scoreboard. Alva still led 26-7. Alva made it to within six yards of the Thomas end zone before the quarter closed.

The Goldbugs started the final period with a touchdown. Gasiford gave the football to Mathers who crossed the line. Shipley's kick was good, and the Goldbug lead increased to 33-7.

The Terriers continued to have difficulty with their rushing game, but Littlebird connected on a series of passes to get to Alva's 38 yard line. From there he passed to Clancy for the 38 yard touchdown. Miller's kick was good, and the score was Alva 33, Thomas 14.

The Goldbugs weren't done. Despite some setbacks from penalties, Alva made it to the Thomas 39 where Gaisford connected on a pass to Aiden Kimberlin to advance to the 28. A Thomas facemask penalty moved Alva to the 14. Gaisford handed the ball to freshman Tripp Cole who went in for the touchdown. Following a high snap, Shipley had to run instead of kick but failed on the conversion. That was the end of the scoring, and Alva won 39-14.

Wrap-Up

With the victory, Alva is now 1-1 on the season. The next three games will be at home. Next Friday, the Goldbugs will take on the Fairview Yellowjackets. After a bye week, Millwood comes to Alva on Sept. 22, and Newkirk will be here for the AHS Homecoming on Sept. 29.

 

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