ZEPHYR — The Victory Life Academy Warriors collected their initial points in the program’s brief two-game history, but their first victory again eluded them.
The Balch Springs Christian Crusaders chalked up a 61-14 win at Bulldog Field Saturday in the Warriors’ “home” opener, ending the contest three plays into the second half.
Victory Life (0-2) managed 111 yards of total offense, but turned the ball over four times on a pair of interceptions and two fumbles.
Trailing 21-0, the Warriors lit up the scoreboard for the first time as Frankie Valencia connected with Josh Layton on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 left in the first period.
VLA also tacked on a 74-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Trey Valencia at the 6:47 mark of the second period. Trey Valencia also converted the two-point kick to trim Balch Springs Christian’s lead to 36-14.
Trey Valencia rushed for 75 of the Warriors’ 82 yards on the ground, while Frankie Valencia had 29 yards passing and both of VLA’s completions in 12 attempts.
The 348-yard balanced attack of the Crusader offense — which featured 174 yards rushing and 174 yards passing — kept the Warriors off balance throughout the afternoon.
Crusader quarterback Cody Phelps completed 5-of-9 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns. Chris Cloyd caught three passes for 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while rushing for 58 yards and two more scores. Caleb Cloyd also contributed a 56-yard touchdown reception and four carries for 64 yards with a pair of touchdowns.
VLA’s first turnover came on its first snap as a Cody Swindell interception set up a 25-yard touchdown run 62 seconds into the game by Phelps, who finished with 41 yards rushing for the Crusaders.
The Crusaders took a 14-0 lead on a 63-yard catch-and-run from Phelps to Chris Cloyd at the 6:17 juncture of the first period, then Chris Cloyd scored on a 24-yard sprint with 4:24 left in the first period.
BSC increased its edge to 29-6 with 9:55 left in the first half after Caleb Cloyd scored on a 25-yard run. A 23-yard touchdown by Chris Cloyd pushed the Crusaders’ advantage to 36-6 at the 6:58 mark of the second period.
Following VLA’s touchdown on the kick return, Phelps hit Caleb Cloyd on a 56-yard touchdown pass to cap a one-play drive that put the Warriors behind, 43-14, with 6:33 left in the half.
The Crusaders added two more touchdowns before halftime on a pair of 7-yard runs by Matthew Rivera, with 5:41 left in the second period, and Caleb Cloyd, at the 1:27 juncture.
The second half lasted less than a minute as, following the kickoff, Phelps hit Evaristo Canales for 19 yards, which set up the game-ending 28-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cloyd.
Victory Life will host the Garden City JV at 2 p.m. Saturday as the quest for the Warriors’ first victory continues.