PHILIPPI?- Alderson Broaddus made history on Saturday with its 31-28 victory over Pace.
Playing in their brand new multi-sport performance stadium in front of a crowd of 2,775, the game was the first varsity football game for the Battlers in over 80 years.
Battlers’ quarterback Wilson Vaughn passed for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while also scoring another on a run.
Both team’s scoring was close, beginning in the first quarter. ABU scored first with 7:09 to go when Vaughn made it into the end zone with a 37-yard run. With just 57 seconds left in the quarter, Pace responded with a 14-yard run by Delaney Wallace, evening the score at 7-7.
Wallace led the visitors with 96 yards rushing on the afternoon.
At the start of the second quarter, Schroeder caught a pass to bring the score to 14-7, but Pace soon tied the game with a 21-yard run by Sherrod Ford Cherry. The half ended with Jordan Butler kicking a 22-yard field goal, putting the Battlers slightly ahead, 17-14.
The Setters scored first in the second half on Brian Beeker’s 5-yard pass to Wallace to make it 21-17
Before the end of the third quarter, ABU answered when Vaughn passed for 34 yards to tight end Jacob Miller. The Battlers increased their lead in the fourth quarter with just under 12 minutes to go on Brandon Jones’ 27-yard run to stretch the lead to 31-20.
Pace finished the scoring on a 53-yard pass from Beeker to Cameron Davis.
Jones had 113 yards on the ground for the winners, while Miller had 49 yards receiving.
With their first game and win behind them, the Battlers will go on the road to play Chowan University (N.C) on Saturday.