PINSON — After another huge night from running back Nick Gibson, the superlatives are starting to get a little repetitive.
The junior ran for six touchdowns and 368 yards, spurring Pinson Valley to a 53-34 comeback win over visiting Moody and the second playoff seed from Class 5A Region 6.
Gibson scored all of the Indians’ offensive touchdowns; the other two scores came on an interception returned for a score by linebacker Elijah Bibbs and a fumble recovery for a score by safety Devon Scarbrough.
But it was Gibson who provided the spark for the home team, as they came out of the halftime break down by six to the Blue Devils. After taking the opening kickoff at their own 22 followed by an incomplete pass, Gibson burst through a hole in the middle of the Moody defense and was gone.
Bibbs’ 55-yard pick-six followed less than two minutes later, which put the Tribe ahead for good.
But Gibson wasn’t done by any means. Starting the next drive on the Pinson 21, he ran all eight plays in the drive. The scoring run of five yards put his total at an even 300 yards for the night, and the third quarter was only halfway over.
The speedster gave the senior-night crowd a little scare when he came up gimpy from a short run on the next possession. He sat out two plays while trainers gave him a once-over, then showed up at the side of coach Matt Oliver, who sent him back into the fray at once.
Gibson responded by shooting straight up the middle for 30 yards and his sixth touchdown.
Okay, young man, were you really hurt?
“I was hurt, but not much. They just twisted my ankle a little. I couldn’t let my team down,” Gibson said with a grin.
Oliver didn’t leave Gibson in just to run up his stats. He was needed to combat Devils quarterback Michael Barron, who had a hot night of his own. Barron connected on four touchdown passes in the first half alone — three of them to Terrell Martin, who consistently found himself wide open in the flats — and scored on a 1-yard sneak to put Moody up 34-27 at intermission.