Just one week after an injury sidelined Velma-Alma quarterback Ty Richardson, questions about how the Comets would perform offensively against the Bray-Doyle Donkeys were swirling.
V-A had an emphatic answer as it scored 20 points in the first quarter, followed by 16 in the second, to hold a 36-6 lead at halftime and it never looked back en route to a 50-20 victory over the Donkeys.
However, the win was dampened slightly as V-A senior running back Dallen Mercer was forced to leave the game in the second quarter with a leg injury.
“Up front our offensive line was disappointing,” V-A coach Greg Gothard said. “We played sluggish tonight and that’s my fault. Andrew (Mcguire) played well at quarterback for us and he’s going to be alright. When Ty (Richardson) went out last week we struggled, and when Dallen (Mercer) went out we struggled. We don’t know about how bad it is, but hopefully it’s nothing bad. If it is though you just have to go on and continue playing.”
By the time freshman Sarian Smith scored an eight yard touchdown with 11:20 left in the fourth, the Comets had the game well in hand at 50-12.
But, the Donkeys made life difficult early on for V-A.
Dylan Sparks got the Donkeys within eight points at 14-6 with 1:41 left in the first, after his three yard touchdown run.
It didn’t take long though for the Comets, rather Mercer to respond in a big way.
Mercer needed just two plays, before breaking off a 60-yard touchdown run to restore his teams 14 point lead at 20-6 with 49 seconds left in the quarter.
At the 9:03 mark, Mercer struck again with another long touchdown run, this time from 65-yards on one play, giving the Comets a 28-6 lead.
Checotah Lynn then hit paydirt as he collected a 34-yard touchdown scamper, making it 36-6 with 4:14 left before halftime.
“I think our guys made a lot of progress tonight,” B-D coach Don Padgett said. “Offensively we moved the ball pretty well, but should have made some of those catches. All in all though, I was pretty proud of the kids. We moved to a 4-4 stack after halftime so we could plug the gaps, but they put 5 (Checotah Lynn) back there and he’s a threat to break it everytime he touches the ball.”
Cody Watson got one back for the Donkeys with a four yard touchdown run at the 2:39 mark of the third quarter, before Lynn struck again to claim his third score of the night, this one from 52 yards to make it 44-12.
Rodney Hall put B-D at 20 points with a 19 yard touchdown run at the 3:13 mark of the fourth.
Mercer found Austin Dennis for the Comets first score of the night with a 13 yard touchdown pass, before Lynn got on the board with a one yard score, which was set up by a fumble recovery deep inside Donkey territory.
On the evening, Mercer finished with five carries for 166 yards and 13 yards passing with three touchdowns. Lynn also had five carries for 91 yards with three touchdowns.
Rodney Hall led the rushing for the Donkeys with 22 carries for 118 yards.
Velma-Alma (3-3, 2-1) will be at home Friday night against Walters. Bray-Doyle (1-4, 1-2) will hit the road to face Wilson Friday night. Both games are set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m.