Rigby, Cramer lead Team Courage to win in all-star game


Tucker quarterback Garrett Rigby and Redan receiver Tirice Cramer combined for three touchdowns to lead Team Courage to a 24-13 victory over Team Valor in the 2016 DeKalb County Coaches Senior All-Star Classic at Hallford Stadium on Jan. 9.

Rigby put Courage ahead 6-0 with a 1-yard run for the touchdown with 7:08 to play in the first quarter. A 50-yard pass completion from Rigby to Lakeside tight end Daniel Gordon set up Rigby’s score.

Valor answered following the kickoff driving down on the legs of Martin Luther King Jr. running back Equavius Huff, who finished off the drive with a 3-yard run for the touchdown. Miller Grove’s Okevius Hawkins tacked on the point after try for a 7-6 Valor advantage with 1:34 left in the first quarter.

Cedar Grove’s Sedric Jefferson sent Courage into halftime with a 12-7 lead as he returned an interception 62 yards for a score with 3:20 left in the first half.

The score was still 12-7 when Rigby dropped back and found Cramer on a 52-yard touchdown pass play for an 18-7 Courage lead with 3:37 to play in the third quarter.

Huff, who rushed for more than100 yards in the game, scored his second touchdown of the game less than a minute later as he helped Valor answer Team Courage’s score on the ensuing drive. The 18-yard run for the touchdown pulled Valor within 18-13 of Courage as the point after was no good.

The two teams battled on defense the rest of the way as neither side could get into the end zone as time ticked down in the fourth quarter.

Valor had one last shot at winning the game, but was facing 89 yards of real estate with about 20 seconds to play in the game. As the pass play was begun, Cramer flew in and took the football off the quarterback’s hand as he was set up to pass.

Cramer went untouched 11 yards into the end zone for the game clinching touchdown as time ran out.

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