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Streets, Valley Put it to Paden City, 46-6 in Finale

November 7, 2018
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - STAFF WRITER (BCRAWFORD@WETZELCHRONICLE.COM) , Wetzel Chronicle

The Valley Lumberjacks scored 30 second-period points to break up a close game and beat Paden City, 46-6, on Nov. 2 at Tom West Field in Pine Grove.

The Lumberjacks looked like they were going to run all over the Paden City Wildcats in their first drive of the game. They took the opening kick from the 33-yard line and went the distance on 13 plays, all on the ground and moving the chains five times. This was capped off by a Ethan Fluharty two -yard run up the gut, with Abe Satterfield hooking up with Levi Anderson on the two-point conversion to take a 8-0 lead with 5:10 left on the clock.

The Wildcats were in pretty good shape to open their first drive at the 43-yard line, but after a six -yard positive gain by Ryan Cross to Matt Saxon through the air. However, it went from good to worse when the snap backed them up 10 yards, and on a third and long, Cross was intercepted by Ricky Leek and returned it 30 yards to give the hosts a favorable spot with 3:43 left on the first period.

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Photo by Bruce Crawford
Valley’s Gavin Streets flies by several Wildcat defenders for a touchdown.

The Lumberjacks went right to work, picking up six yards on three carries by three different players, but the Paden City defense stiffened and held the 'Jacks on downs.

The Wildcats picked up five yards on two carries when the horn sounded to end period one. Cross passed to Bryant McKay for a first down, but the Lumberjacks' Hunter Wood would haul in a Paden City fumble with 10:20 on the clock to start three Streets touchdown runs and a beautiful 27-yard pitch and catch to give the hosts a 38-0 lead.

Cross would hook up with Saxon on a Hail Mary to end the first hal, with Valley in front, 38-0.

George Brown recovered the second half kick-off at their own 47 yard line and would go on a 10 play 53-yard drive, capped off by a Richard Leek 11-yard touchdown scamper, with Fluharty running in the conversion two-pointer.

The Wildcats took over on downs with 1:34 left in the third period, and Cross would connect with Saxon once more for a 86-yard catch and run to break up the shutout.

Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, as the fourth quarter was played under the mercy-rule with the clock running continuing and stopping only on timeouts.

Gavin Streets scored four touchdowns, while gaining 141 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and scoring a two-point conversion. He added another 27 yards and one touchdown from the air and made history as he accumulated 1,074 yards on the season to pace the Lumberjacks' offense.

Fluharty followed with 46 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown, while Brown tacked on 18 yards. Satterfield accounted for 12 yards, while Colby "The Big Show" Kinkade contributed 11 yards. Anderson and Tommy Yoho both gained five yards, and David Sell rushed two yards for all the Lumberjack rushing yards.

Satterfield completed 3-4 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown, while Streets completed his only pass for 12 yards for 80 passing yards. Streets hauled his only catch for 27 yards and a touchdown, while Anderson grabbed one for 41 yards. Satterfield caught one pass for 12 yards.

The Lumberjacks defense was led by Wood, Leek, Brown, Streets, Sell and Wyatt Dallison - all with four tackles. Leek made two interceptions, while Brown hauled in two fumble recoveries with Wood and Dallison each making fumble recoveries.

Paden City only had three first downs in the game and only rushed for 28 yards with five fumbles. Jason Anderson led the Wildcats with 20 yards rushing, while Clayton Thomas added the other eight yards.

Cross had minus yards rushing due to minus yardage on bad snaps, while he completed 7-16 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown, and two interceptions. Saxon collected three passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. McKay caught three passes for 17 yards, and Michael Shreves had minus yardage on his only carry. There were no defensive stats available.

The Lumberjacks will lose seniors Fluharty, Yoho, Brown, Kinkade and Richard and Nicholas Leek to graduation, while the Wildcats lose Saxon, Shreves, Cross, Jacob Greene, Shane Anderson, Alex McCoy, Cameron Shephaerd, Dylan Walton, Conner Shepherd, EJ Weber and Anthony Newman.

 
 
 

 

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