Valley Drops Heartbreaker
The Frontier Cougars kept their Ohio playoff hopes alive when they scored a three-yard scamper with about three minutes left in regulation to defeat the Valley Lumberjacks 14-7 Oct. 17 in New Matamoras.
The Cougar defense held the ‘Jacks to three-and-out on Valley’s first possession. After the ensuing punt, Frontier took over at its own 36-yard line and marched right down the field to score the game’s first TD, on a one-yard plunge, to take a 6-0 lead.
The Lumberjacks couldn’t get ontrack and were held to only one first down during the entire first half.
In the second half, Valley’s Trey Streets completed his first pass of the game to Tucker Cain for a 23-yard touchdown. Peyton Palmer kicked the PAT and Valley took the lead at 7-6.
The Lumberjack and the Cougar defenses kept each other off the scoreboard until the Cougars got a TD with 4:23 left in regulation.
Frontier elected to go for two and hauled in the conversion pass for a Frontier 14-7 victory.
The never-say-die Lumberjacks gave it all they had and threatened late in the game, but a Hail Mary toss from Streets ended up in the Cougars’ clutches to get the win.
Frontier accounted for 330 yards total offense, while the Lumberjacks accounted for 154 yards.
No stats were available for the Valley Lumberjacks, other than the 23-yard Streets-to-Cain pitch-and-catch and the Palmer extra-point kick.
The Lumberjacks will host the Doddridge County Bulldogs at Valley’s homecoming Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.