The Veritas sideline watches the action during a crucial third down.
The Veritas sideline watches the action during a crucial third down.
By MICHAEL SIMMONS

Madison County Journal

With their best start in the last two seasons, undefeated Veritas (2-0) plays host to Central Academy (1-1) out of Macon this Friday.

Macon lost their first game of the season 38-30 to Mt. Salus Christian but responded with a 44-0 thumping of Strider Academy last week.

"We always have good ballgames with them," Veritas head coach Steve Spinks said. "They're a good football team - a well-coached football team. We'll have to bring our 'A' game Friday."

For Veritas to pick up the win Friday, they will have to stop Central Academy's running game, as they often line up in the an I formation and look to run outside.

The Lions will also have to adjust early on defense and stay disciplined for four quarters.

Last week, Veritas beat rival Rebul Academy 32-28, despite giving up 22 points early in the game.

"We spotted them 22 points right out of the gate," Spinks said. "It was rough. We preached tough-mindedness and I was really proud of our team for answering.

"Their first three drives, they just marched it down our throats," he continued. "They played Double Wing and it's real deceptive."

Spinks said his team was a little overconfident in the beginning but settled down towards the end of the first half, scoring 12 points to narrow the halftime lead to 22-12.

The Lions scored 14 points in the third quarter and Rebul added a touchdown to take a 28-26 lead going into the fourth quarter. Veritas scored in the fourth and the defense held in crucial spots as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

"The game was a nail biter," Spinks said. "Rebul had the ball last. We had a great stop defensively."

Offensively, the Lions threw for 158 yards on the night. Senior Justin Davis completed 4-9 passes for 86 yards and one touchdown. Senior Robbie Nicholas went 5-12 for 72 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw four interceptions on the night.

Spinks said Nicholas is still adjusting at the quarterback position but is a prime athlete.

The running game resulted in 157 yards for the Lions.

Nicholas led the pack with 72 yards on nine carries. Senior Seth Spinks had 38 yards on eight carries for one touchdown. Senior Derrick Amos had 22 yards on five carries, and Davis had 19 yards on two carries.

Leading the receiving corps was junior Charles Caston, who had four catches for 68 yards - three of those for touchdowns. Davis had one 33-yard reception for a touchdown. Spinks had two receptions for 29 yards. And Amos had two receptions for 18 yards.

Caston also had a 55-yard punt return on the night.

Leading the defense was Spinks, who recorded 20 tackles on the night, including six solo efforts. Senior Sam Ross had 15 tackles on the night with three solo. Senior Daniel Powell had 11 tackles, six of them solo. And seniors Caleb Gibson and Tim Weland both had 10 tackles on the night.