Victory Eagles glide to state title gamePublished 11:16am Wednesday, October 30, 2013
After its 44-29 semifinal win over Cullman Christian Friday night, the Victory Baptist Eagles will play Faith Christian Academy in the Alabama Christian Education Athletic Association state championship game Friday night in Union Springs, Ala.
Victory looked to be in good position when senior Jerrell Frazier intercepted a pass on Cullman’s first drive, but neither offense could do anything in their first few drives. VBS finally got on the board late in the first when sophomore quarterback Mason Byrd threw an 18-yard touchdown to Frazier.
The Eagles scored again on their next drive, after Byrd had a Johnny Manziel moment, bobbling the snap before throwing a 48-yard strike to junior center Jacob Buce. Sophomore receiver Benton Dunklin’s one-handed catch in the end zone gave Victory a 14-0 lead. Cullman pulled within a touchdown with a score of their own, but Victory running back Will Legrand ran it in from 15 yards to make it 20-7 at the half.
Cullman scored twice in the third, but Frazier’s 35-yard touchdown run kept the Eagles in front, 26-21. The Lions had a chance after VBS turned the ball over, but Frazier made another key play, returning his second interception of the game for six points. Cullman couldn’t come back from there.
The game featured the closest margin of victory for the Eagles this season, previously 17 points against Conecuh. It was also the first time Victory was held below 56 points in a game.
Victory will head to Union Springs Friday to face Faith in the state championship. It is the rematch of a shootout just three weeks ago, when Victory beat Faith 92-64. In contrast to Victory’s season low in scoring against Cullman, their season high came in that game against Faith. Faith’s 64 points was also the most points Victory has allowed this season.
VBS belongs to the six-man football division of the ACEAA.