McCALLA — Pinson Valley has seen quite enough of quarterbacks named Moore for one season.
After having to deal with Clay-Chalkville's Hayden Moore and his six touchdowns midway through the regular season, it was McAdory passer Kyran Moore who brought the Indians' season to an end Friday night, as the 10th-ranked Jackets won 34-17 in their AHSAA Class 5A second-round playoff contest.
Moore took down Pinson with big plays – a 25-yard touchdown pass to DeKorian Vanderbilt, a a 76-yard bomb to Justin Mabry (both in the second quarter), and then a 59-yard run of his own early in the third quarter.
Those plays did a lot to swing momentum away that the Tribe built early, thanks to scores on their first two drives. Pinson got on the board first after taking the opening kickoff at their own 39; the drive stalled out at the Yellow Jackets 21, but freshman place kicker Saul Rios – the youngster who won the first-round game in overtime over Hartselle last week – booted the longest field goal of his young career. The 39-yard field goal put alley up 3-0 with 8:04 in the first quarter.
Pinson held McAdory on the home team's first possession, despite a 46-yard throw from Moore to Clinton Powell, but the punt was downed at the Indians 1-yard line.
From that point, Pinson staged a marathon 19-play drive that was largely the work of running back Nick Gibson, mostly on the ground but with one pass out of the wildcat formation from Gibson to Micheal Evans.
Knowing that Gibson – who crossed the 2,000-yard season rushing mark last week – would draw lots of attention from the McAdory defense, Indians coach Matt Glover had quarterback Brooks Garrett take several carries of his own. The strategy worked, as Garrett gained two first downs on the long drive. Gibson finished it off with a 2-yard run from a direct snap to put Pinson up 10-0 with 9:18 left in the first half.