Prep jamboree: Pleasant Valley has strong half, but Weaver’s speed, depth too much
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
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WEAVER -- Pleasant Valley got its promising half against higher-classified Weaver in their jamboree Thursday, but Weaver flashed its speed and flexed.

Freshman Paul Hubbard raced for touchdown runs of 71 and 51 yards while filling in at quarterback in the second half, and Christopher Arnold added touchdown runs of 3 and 22 yards as Class 3A Weaver turned a 14-13 halftime lead into a 41-13 victory.

Both coaches drew positives a week out from opening the regular season.

Pleasant Valley, which looks to show improvement in a tough 2A region that includes fourth-ranked Wellborn and No. 10 Woodland, had its moments when starters for both teams were on the field. Dalton intercepted a Weaver pass and returned 43 yards for the game’s first score.

Quarterback Lucas Ford’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Parker put the Raiders up 13-7 in the second quarter. Ford hit on 5 of 9 passes for 87 yards and a score, all in the first half.

“I was tickled. I really was,” Pleasant Valley coach Jeff Davis said. “I thought we held our own and had some good licks and played well on defense and came off the ball on offense.”

For Weaver, quarterback Timothy Hawkins immediately atoned for the interception, leading a 70-yard drive that ended in his 29-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Johnson.

Hawkins added 9-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Durham at 2:01 of the second quarter, giving Weaver a 14-13 lead that stood at halftime.

A third-year starter, Hawkins quarterbacked the first half, completing 10 of 14 passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

“He threw the interception there, but he knew what he did wrong, so we’re fine,” Weaver coach Daryl Hamby said. “It’s all about mistakes and getting the jitters out. The only thing I hate about it is, every time he plays out there, I think, ‘Gosh, I’m not going to have him next year.’”

Sports columnist Joe Medley: 256-235-3576, jmedley@annistonstar.com. On Twitter @jmedley_star.

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