After defeating Hannan 41-8 last week, the Valley Lumberjacks failed to score in the first half and ultimately succumbed to the Cameron Dragons 26-9 Sept. 6 at Pine Grove.
Valley turned the ball over at a deciding point in the first half when Triston Kocher kicked the ball directly into the arms of a Cameron player, who took possession at the Lumberjack 20 yard line. Some two minutes later, the Dragons scored a second TD and extra points, making it 14-0 Cameron.
The Lumberjacks almost answered with their own score, but Trey Streets took a two-yard loss on fourth-and-goal for Valley.
"That was my fault," said Valley's Head Football Coach Tom West. "I called the wrong play and I think that might have made a big difference in the game ...."
Kocher helped Valley get on the scoreboard at 8:53 in the third period with a 43-yard punt that had the visitors at their one yard line.
On the first play the Dragons fumbled the ball but recovered in the end zone for a safety, moving the score to 14-2.
Several plays later, Valley cashed on a multiple-play drive by Palmer and Streets, who score from one yard out. Palmer's point after made it 14-9, Dragons.
The Lumberjacks' Kale Lloyd intercepted a Cameron pass and eventually landed at the Cameron one, but turned over the ball on an intercept.
Two Valley linemen were injured during the first half and they did not return to the field. "We had some key players get nicked up early, and it forced us to use a freshman on defense, but there are no excuses," said West.
"Peyton Palmer did a very nice job running the ball for us, but we worked him to death and it effected him a little on defense as well as offense." Palmer accumulated 134 yards on 24 totes for Valley, while Streets added 68 yards to Lumberjack real estate.
The 'Jacks stay at home Friday to host the Hundred Hornets at 7:30 p.m.