By Garrett Ross
When the #1 Eagles of Victory Christian Academy, Millbrook Alabama, took the field on Friday night they were expected to be in a dogfight, after all they were facing the #2 Conecuh Springs Eagles on the road.
Millbrook used the experience of their five seniors, as well as help from underclassmen to cruise to a 46-0 victory and left no doubt who the best team in the state was.
“The seniors were a very vital part of the victory, because they’ve been in my program for a while and they understand the way we like to do things,” said Millbrook head coach Jim Hardy. “I think it’s very crucial in a game like the one against Conecuh Springs that we have that experience on the field.”
The Eagles took a smash mouth approach and pounded to ball on the ground for 161-yards on 15 carries, while scoring two touchdowns. Millbrook never threw a pass during the game, but that doesn’t mean passing isn’t a part of their game plan.
“I feel like you have to make your offense from year to year work for the style of players you have,” said Hardy. “If I wanted to say that for all six years I’ve coached at Millbrook, we’ve ran the spread that would be false. My offensive philosophy is built around what you have.”
In Alabama, every team in the state plays each other once and then the top four teams at the end of the regular season play for the championship.
The dominant performance by Millbrook will likely get the attention of teams across the state. Coach Hardy isn’t worried about sending a message, he’s worried about getting the most out of his kids.
“I’m not a message guy, I’m a team guy,” said Hardy. “I send a message to our team that we did our job for that day, I’m not focusing on the other teams to say I’m trying to prove a point to them or whomever is watching. I want people to know at the end of the day when they see our score, that our team did our job.”
The Eagles (3-0) will look to stay undefeated, as they head to Hueytown, Al on Friday for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff against Brooklane Baptist (0-2).