Valley, Hundred, And Paden City Fall In Week Four
In local area football action Sept. 14, Clay-Battelle scored 46 first half points and coasted to a 75-24 victory over Hundred. The Hornets recovered a second on-side kick, but the drive stalled and they couldn’t cash in on the only turnover of the game.
Hundred scored in the third period on a Brandon White eight-yard touchdown run keyed by a Chris Varner-to-Courtland Armstrong 15-yard pitch-and-catch. Andrew King caught the two-point conversion attempt.
Hundred added a Varner 37-yard TD scramble in the fourth period that was keyed by a pair of nice runs by White and Varner. King caught the two-point conversion pass from Varner.
The Hornets final TD came on a Varner to Armstrong 10-yard TD pitch-and-catch. Varner ran in the two-point conversion.
Hundred moved the chains 12 times. Varner tallied a season-high 145 yards, while White tacked on 55 yards. King hauled in five Varner passes for 44 yards, while Artmstrong added 25 yards on a pair of Varner passes.
E. J. Villers led the Hornet defense with 13 tackles, while Isaac Efaw dropped eight Cee-Bee ball carriers.
Hundred will look to build off the experience against Clay-Battelle when they take on Wetzel County rival Paden City Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. on the Hornets Homecoming night.
The Paden City Wildcats traveled to Gilmer County on Sept. 14 to take on the Titans, but left with a 50-8 loss when all was said and done.
Taking the lead early in the first period of play, the ‘Cats were soon outgunned by the passing game of the Gilmer Countians, who scored in every quarter while holding the ‘Cats to only eight points.
Offensive stats for the Wildcats in the game include running back Brandon Cross, who gained 44 rushing yards on 20 carries. He added one touchdown and one two-point conversion run. Kane Pyles had five rushes for seven yards, while Craig Allen had two runs for 15 yards. Quarterback Zach Heasley had four rushes for five yards.
Heasley, who was back on the field after being out with an injury, passed eight times in the game and completed five for 37 yards. He was intercepted once.
Kennedy Cain caught four passes for 38 yards.
Defensively, Logan Carroll was credited with 11 tackles, one for a loss; Pyles had four tackles; Allen, four tackles; and Drew Bidwell, four tackles.
“The kids continue to give their best effort,” Head Coach Brent Croasmun said. “That’s all we can ask of them.”
The Wildcats will travel to Hundred on Friday night to take on the Hornets.
The second ranked Class-A Notre Dame Irish scored 23 second-half points to break open a close game with Valley, defeating the Lumberjacks 30-0 Sept. 14.
After a scoreless first period, Notre Dame scored on a one-yard run and would tally 16 points in the third and one more touchdown in the fourth.
The ‘Jacks had their chances, but Trey Street’s 60-yard touchdown scamper was called back on a Lumberjack infraction. Valley also was inside the Irish Red Zone twice and came up empty handed. They also missed outstanding field position when they dropped a pair of long passes by the Irish.
“We gave the Irish a battle, but after a very good first half, we just couldn’t put it together and make the plays we needed to in the second half,” said Lumberjack Head Coach Tom West.
Valley racked up 188 yards rushing on 45 carries, while Irish quarterback Santino Cava rumbled for 197 yards and two touchdowns to lead Notre Dame.
Trey Smith was credited with 89 yards rushing on 18 carries, while Spencer Mason tacked on 76 yards on 21 totes. Tristen Kocher netted 15 yards, while Liam Midcap added six yards and T. C, Long picked up two yards for Valley.
Through the air Kocher was 2-10 for 30 yards for Valley with Kale Lloyd catching both.
Notre Dame only had three more first downs than Valley’s 17, while the ‘Jacks only had four penalties for 30 yards. Notre Dame racked up 132 yards on 14 carries.
Defensively, Midcap and Hayden Lancaster each had eight stops, with Midcap adding a blocked extra point kick. Luke Martin added seven tackles for Valley.
The Lumberjacks travel to Toronto Friday at 7:30 p.m.