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September 7, 2013

The NJN Big Game: Pinson Valley 48, Mortimer Jordan 36 — Nick is slick

Gibson runs for 447 yards and six touchdowns for Indians

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PINSON —

Garrett didn’t even start for the Indians, thanks to nagging sornes with his rotator-cuff muscles. Sophomore Errius Collins started instead, but Garrett soon proved to be okay enough to play, which mainly consisted of handing the ball to Gibson.

Defense was found wanting from both sides, which didn’t sit well with defensive-minded Glover.

“That Hodges kid is scary good,” Glover said. “I told the kids he can beat you by himself. And they did a lot of stuff we haven’t seen. But I don’t like those track meets.”

The Indians got off to a shaky start, after kick returner Juray Smith fumbled away the opening kickoff, then turned over the ball again on a punt about five minutes later. The Blue Devils didn't take advantage of the first mistake, but they did the second as they took over on the Pinson 18. Three plays later, Hodges found Landon Smith on a 7-yard scoring strike.

The Indians answered with Gibson, who marched 70 yards on five plays by himself for the first score. But on the first play of the subsequent possession, Hodges took off on a 75-yard touchdown run, and the Devils were up 14-7 after one quarter.

But Hodges himself set the Indians up for their next score when he fumbled the ball away on his own 18, and Gibson got his second TD two plays later.

Late in the first half, Garrett’s touchdown toss put the home team ahead, leading 21-14 at the break.

Jordan (0-2, 0-1 region) went back on top in the third period when Smith ran a punt back to the Indians 38, then went the rest of the way on the next play with a Hodges pass. A two-point conversion gave the Devils a one-point advantage, but that lasted all of 21 seconds. On the first play after the following kickoff, Gibson found the outside edge and zoomed 69 yards, and pinson was ahead for good.

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