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Reed, Imani Christian hold off Valley @ICAFOOTBALL @imaniathletics

Written by: on Sunday, September 16th, 2018


Israel Reed accounted for 320 yards of total offense and four total touchdowns as Imani Christian topped upset-minded Valley Saturday night at Woodland Hills Wolvarena.

“I’m very proud of my team. We were down a couple of guys and only came in with 17 players,” said Imani Christian head coach Ronnell Heard. “I’m glad we were able to play a good football game, and come out with a win against a great Valley team.”

Imani Christian got off to a hot start as Reed hit Rahmon Hart with a 9-yard touchdown pass on the Saints opening drive.

Shifty senior Tevauhn Alston returned a punt 40 yards for a score and tortured the Vikings on special throughout the night. Imani led 12-0 after a quarter.

Valley got its footing in the second quarter after lining up in the Power-I and scoring three second-quarter touchdowns. Two of those came on 1-yard runs by quarterback Tyler Green.

The Vikings third touchdown of second came after their defense stopped Imani in the red zone and Deonte Ross broke a 53-yard run. Following a Saints penalty, Ross scored on a 2-yard run on an untimed down to close the first half.

Ross had a monster night rushing for a game-high 226 yards on 25 carries.

Sandwiched in between Valley’s scores was a 13-yard run by Reed that would push Imani’s lead to 18-6, but it was Valley behind Ross that took 19-18 lead into the locker room.

“To beat them we were going to have to run the ball,” said Valley head coach Muzzy Colosimo. “Deonte (Ross) is the real deal; I was proud of the way we played, but never happy with a loss.”

It was the Saints that took control of the second half as Reed broke loose on a quarterback keeper for a 37-yard touchdown on a drive that saw Imani have two penalties negating two touchdowns just prior.

Ross would add a 1-yard touchdown to pull Valley with a point a 26-25 after quarters. The big play of the drive was Green’s 58-yard pass to Dave Primus.

Rolling the dice on 4th-and-10 from their 45-yard line with nine minutes to play Reed threw a strike to freshman Pharaoh Fisher for a 55-yard touchdown that Imani a 32-25 lead.

“He caught a big touchdown, and that kid is going to be a great player,” said Heard of Fisher.

Rahmon Hart Jr., a Ball State commit, led the Saints with 105 receiving on five catches.

“We have to figure out how not to get beat in Cover 3 coverage,” said Colosimo. “We were in Cover 3 every time, and got three touchdowns behind us.”

With Valley driving late in the game the Saints defense was able to Ross 1-yard short of the line to gain on a 4th-and-6 inside the Saints 30-yard to seal the victory.

“We’re tiny in numbers, but these guys have a lot of heart – we train them hard and push them hard, they all want to win,” said Heard.

“We’ll get better, we a lot of young kids,” said Colosimo.

Game Highlights:

Imani Christian 32 Valley 25

Score by Quarters

Valley – 0 19 6 0 – 25

ICA – 12 6 8 6 – 32

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

ICA – Rahmon Hart 9 yd pass from Israel Reed, (pass failed), 4:58

ICA – Tevauhn Alston 40 yd punt return (pass failed), 1:59

Second Quarter

V – Tyler Green 1 yd run (kick failed), 10:06

ICA – Reed 13 yd run (pass failed), 5:59

V – Green 1 yd run (rush failed), 3:38

V – Deonte Ross 2 yd run (Mike Saliba pat), 0:00

Third Quarter

ICA – Reed 37 yd run (Reed rush), 8:44

V – Ross 1 yd run (rush failed), 4:02

Fourth Quarter

ICA – Pharaoh Fisher 55 yd from Reed (pass failed), 8:44

Individual Stats

Rushing: ICA – Juaron Thompson – 12-15, Reed 13-75, Team 2-0. Totals: 27-90. Valley -Ross 25-226, #3 3-35, Dave Primus 3-8, Green 9-27, Keishon Williams 2-7. Totals: 42-301.

Passing: ICA – Reed 12-for-22, 245 yards, 2 touchdowns. Valley – Green 5-for-10, 100 yards.

Receiving: ICA – Marc Peters 1-43, Hart 5-105, Fisher 2-64, Alston 1-9, Joshua Davis 1-5, Thompson 2-19. Valley – Primus 2-61, Colton Howard 2-27, Ross 1-12.

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