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Football: Patriots look to build off opening win

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Making a Connection

MAKING A CONNECTION – Victory’s Grant Shriver (21) pitches the ball to Anthony Acheleta (12) during the Patriots’ season-opening win. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

After a longer wait than the rest of the county, the Victory Christian Patriots started the season last Friday with a 45-34 win over Weatherford Christian.

Logan McNamara, who missed all of last season after a car accident, started the Patriots off right by scoring on the first play. McNamara finished with 207 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

“It was a good night for not playing in two years,” said Victory coach Joe Berry. “It was good to have him back out there.”

Jackson Shriver added three touchdowns for a dominant Victory ground game.

“We had a good night running the ball,” Berry said.

The Patriots are working to shore some things up defensively after giving up 34 points in the opener.

“They exposed some things, but it’s nothing we can’t fix,” Berry said. “We have a lot of new faces in spots. We did have a lot of fourth-down stops deep in our own territory.”

The Patriots return to the field at 6 p.m. Thursday against the Bryson JV.

Berry said it will give several of his young players experience.

VICTORY CHRISTIAN (1-0) AT BRYSON JV

6 p.m., Thursday

VCA NOTABLE: Logan McNamara ran for 207 yards in the Patriots’ season opening win last week.

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