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Victory Christian downs Granbury Cornerstone on homecoming

By Richard Greene | Published Friday, September 14, 2018.
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Alone in the secondary with nothing but open grass ahead of him, Dylon Brooks waited as the ball seemed to hang in the air for an eternity.

“I just hoped I could keep it in my sights to catch it,” Brooks said.

Brooks’ 63-yard catch from Grant Shriver put the Victory Christian Patriots back in front with 2:37 left. Will Vina added his third touchdown run after the Patriots recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to finish off the 40-31 homecoming win over Cornerstone Christian Friday.

“We showed some heart. We got behind, but didn’t give up and made the big plays in the fourth,” said Victory coach Joe Berry.

Victory moved to 1-2 on the season.

Brooks’ catch came after the Patriots made two huge plays to keep their hopes alive.

Messenger photo by Richard Greene.

As the clock dipped under four minutes to go, Cornerstone looked to put the game away. On fourth-and-goal, Cornerstone’s Weldon Wallace took off around the end and was knocked out of bounds just shy of the goal line with 3:53 left, keeping it a five-point game.

“We’re finally catching on [defensively],” Berry said. “The last two games, we made some huge mistakes. We’re learning.”

The Patriots’ defense forced three turnovers — two fumbles and an interception. Victory recovered a third fumble on special teams.

After the Victory defense got the ball back, the offense needed to convert a fourth down deep in its end of the field. Shriver hit Steel Doss with a seven-yard pass on fourth-and-six to pick up the first down. The next play Shriver lobbed the ball deep to the wide-open Brooks for the game-winning score.

“Brooks catches everything in practice. This is his first year to play football,” Berry said. “He plays hard every play.”

Shriver finished 6-for-14 for 105 yards through air.

Vina paced the Patriots’ offense, running for 150 yards on 11 carries. He scored on runs of 15, 53 and 11 yards.

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