Stallions off to strong start

Holy Ground's DeAngelo Agan, left, takes the hand-off from his brother, Demo Agan, and follows Blake Lee and Walt Denney, right, for a big gain in the first quarter of Friday's 22-6 win against CrossPointe Christian. The Stallions avenged last year's first-round playoff loss with the win and improved to 2-0 on the season. Holy Ground will hit the road again on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. contest against Ballard. 

It didn't take long for the Holy Ground Baptist Academy football team to adjust to eight-man football instead of the 11-man version it had played since the program's inception.

The Stallions (2-0) opened the season with a 33-8 win against Lafayette before getting some revenge in a 22-6 win against CrossPointe Christian this past Friday.

Against CrossPointe, the team that knocked Holy Ground out of the playoffs in the first round last year, the defense stepped up. HG allowed just 81 total yards, 65 of which came on the opening kickoff when CrossPointe scored a touchdown on its first possession, but were denied on the two-point try for the 6-0 lead.

From then it was all Stallions.

Walt Denney picked up back-to-back sacks, the second of which resulted in a safety, making it a 6-2 game. The Stallions' first touchdown of the game, and the score that gave them the lead for good, was a nine-yard scamper from DeAngelo Agan. HG went up 8-6 and never looked back.

In the second half Demo Agan connected with John Cocklereece on a 12-yard touchdown pass for the 14-6 lead late in the third quarter before the Stallion defense gave the offense another scoring chance. Jonathan Moore and DeAngelo Agan forced a fumble recovered by Tyler Hare.

The ensuing 10-play drive was completed by a 18-yard touchdown run, as fullback Michael Yates went the distance up the middle untouched. The two-point conversion was added by Yates for the final 22-6 tally.

The Stallions totaled 259 yards on the ground, led by Deimarkys Agan's 120 yards, while Yates also reached the 100-yard mark with 112. DeAngelo Agan added an interception on defense to go with Denney's team-leading 7.5 tackles.

In the season opener, the Stallions shook off the postseason loss and scored on its first drive en route to a 33-8 win against Lafayette on the road.

DeAngelo Agan capped the 10-play, 86-yard drive with a touchdown run of 31 yards down the sideline that, with the two-point try, put the Stallions up 8-0. Agan's second touchdown of the day gave HG the 22-0 lead at halftime.

Demo Agan connecting with Denney on a five-yard scoring pass made it 26-0 and Maxim Spruill's run made it 33-0. Lafayette broke up the shutout bid, scoring with under a minute to go in the game.

The Stallions will return to the road on Friday night when they travel to Ballard at 7:30 p.m.

Prep Volleyball

The Central High School volleyball team had a successful trip to Rockmart, picking up second place in the silver bracket in the At The Rock tournament on Saturday.

The Lady Lions (5-7-1) went 2-3-1 on the day, gaining plenty of experience in the six matches. Bailey Thomas and Hannah Dryden led the attack with 22 kills each, Bethany Delekto had 19 kills and Raleigh Conerly added 10. Thomas also had 17 aces and Escobar added 13 from the service line. Delekto did well with 48 assists on the day.

Up next for Central is a 6 p.m. match against Temple on the road Thursday at 5 p.m.

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