Van Horn opens season with win over Polo
By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Friday night’s 27-7 season-opening win over Polo didn’t make Van Horn coach Jeff Tolbert happy.
The reason Tolbert was displeased was because of how the Falcons played during the non-conference meeting at Truman High School.
“Our second half was absolutely horrible,” he said. “And it was just a lack of execution, a lack of concentration – and part of it, Polo was responsible for.”
But the first half went well, according to Falcons quarterback Anthony Winningham.
“We were nice and disciplined,” said Winningham, who tossed two touchdowns to help Van Horn get the victory over the Panthers, the No. 7-ranked team in Class 1.
During the first half, the Falcons (1-0) scored on four of six possessions to build a 27-0 halftime lead. Winningham’s 48-yard TD pass to Marquis Bever and Nathan Ingold’s extra-point kick made it 7-0 with 2:10 left in the first quarter.
“I just wanted to trust my line,” Winningham said. “If they give me more time back there, I’m going to make the pass, and I trust my wide receivers to make the catch.”
Demetrius Winston’s 7-yard TD run and Winningham’s two-point conversion pass to Kylan Alexander made it 15-0 with 7:01 left in the second quarter. A fumble recovery and a 41-yard pass play led to J.J. Rivers’ 9-yard scoring run with 2:12 remaining. Winningham’s 10-yard scoring pass to Alexander with 54 seconds left finished Van Horn’s scoring.
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