by John Goolsby
The Shades Valley football team welcomed Midfield and Oxford into Frank Nix Stadium Thursday. The Mounties went 2-1 in 7-on-7 competition with a win over the Patriots and a win over the Bulldogs to avenge a loss earlier in the day to Anniston.
The Valley receiving corp continues to improve and is building depth for the upcoming season. Junior QB Steve Brown hooked up with Christian Thomas, Quincy Crawford, Korda’e Harper, and Ji’Quez Daniel for scores.
Mountie head coach Rueben Nelson singled out sophomore Ji’Quez Daniel, who had ten receptions and four scores. “Ji’Quez caught the ball well today. If he continues to work hard, he will come into his own as a receiver.”
Nelson was pleased with the effort of his offensive line in 11-on-11. “Our offensive line got a chance to compete against some good competition from two good football programs,” he said.
The Mounties will be a young team when they take the field against Stanhope Elmore to start the season, but Nelson likes what he sees thus far. “The kids, overall, are learning how to compete on both sides of the ball,” he said.
The Mounties will host Bob Jones of Madison Monday at Frank Nix Stadium.