VBS shows off for Warriors

Published 11:57 pm Thursday, October 8, 2009

SELMA — Junior quarterback/running back Robert Davis rushed 20 times for an unofficial 117 yards, returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, threw two scoring passes and scampered for three TDs — one that counted — in Central Christian Academy’s best offensive show of the year.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, Victory Baptist School’s show got better reviews.

The VBS Eagles started off with two bangs and kept rolling in Thursday’s 70-26 victory in Alabama Christian Football Association eight-man football at Memorial Stadium.

Victory Baptist School’s answer to Davis was James Baldwin, a sophomore speedster who scored the first three times he touched the ball. He finished with eight carries for 171 yards and four touchdowns while catching a 36-yard TD pass.

Despite the lopsided end result, CCA coach Darrell Walker praised his team.

“We faced a lot bigger team tonight,” he said. “We had a better offense than we’ve had. And I was very proud of our quarterback, Robert Davis.”

VBS of Millbrook jumped ahead 14-0 less than two minutes into the game when Baldwin went nine yards around right tackle at 10:37, then ran down the left sideline for a 41-yard score at 10:10 on the first-quarter clock. The Eagles scored on the first play after a fumble recovery.

After one offensive play, the Warriors already were looking at a 14-point deficit. The first drive stalled. Victory Baptist converted on its next drive when Baldwin scampered 28 yards around left end, making the difference 22-0.

Then CCA’s special teams got the Warriors on the scoreboard when Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for the score. Davis’ PAT toss to Joey Raybon put the score at 22-8.

After both teams scored again (VBS on a 3-yard sneak from Garrett Peak and Central Christian on Pierre Coleman’s 5-yard run), the Eagles led 30-14. The CCA defense held, got the punt at the Eagles’ 40-yard line, and Davis went the distance for the touchdown to pull Central Christian within 8 points.

In theory.

A holding penalty nullified the touchdown, and three plays later Victory Baptist intercepted a tipped pass to wind up leading 46-20 at halftime.