Burns' late TD pass pulls Valiants past Hawks

September 15, 2018

The Valwood Valiants rallied from a nine-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Heritage Hawks 28-24 on Friday night in Newnan.

Trailing 24-15 in the fourth quarter, the Valiants (4-1) hit the comeback trail. A 50-yard TD pass from Burns brought the Valiants within two, 24-22 with 11:34 left in the fourth quarter.

Burns connected with Tyler Cross for the go-ahead score with 2:24 remaining and the Valiants held the rest of the way.

Heritage led 17-7 at halftime and a 20-yard touchdown run by Hawks quarterback Henry Arnall made it 24-15 with 3:43 to go in the third quarter.

The Hawks took control early when Patrick Griffies picked off Burns and returned it for a touchdown in the first quarter. With 10:17 left in the second quarter, the Hawks went ahead 10-7 on a Peter Neil field goal.

After scoring just seven points in last week's loss to North Florida Christian, the Valiants scored 13 points in the fourth quarter on Friday.


Valwood is off next week before opening region play on the road at Tiftarea Academy.