LITTLE ROCK — With the Sylvan Hills’ defense set for a Sax, Vilonia struck a different chord Tuesday night.
Sophomore Drew Estes scored on two 21-yard touchdowns runs and finished with 76 yards on eight carries, earning MVP honors in helping Vilonia to a 45-14 victory over Sylvan Hills in the First Security Kickoff Classic at War Memorial Stadium.
James Sax, the Eagles’ high-profile back, gained 92 yards on 12 carries, but Estes, shifting to a fullback position, opened things up for him.
"I told Drew before the game, he might get 200 yards," Vilonia coach Jim Stanley said. "They (the Bears) were after James. I knew they would be after James after they saw the scrimmage we had with Marion. I thought if we could sneak Drew in at fullback, he would be able to get some yards."
Eleven Vilonia ballcarriers combined to rush for 276 yards on 11 carries.
"We had a great line doing a great job of blocking for us," Estes said. "We worked on things all week and they did a great job at it."
Estes got the Eagles started by capping a 41-yard drive with a touchdown on Vilonia’s first possession. He scored on a 21-yard run early in the second quarter.
"Felt really great, first carry of the year and go for a touchdown and as a sophomore, it feels even better," Estes said.