Valley ‘Jacks End Season With 13-6 Loss To Cameron
Cameron hijacked the ball from a Valley ball carrier in the second half and scrambled to the end zone for the game-winner, as the Dragons stole a 13-6 victory over Valley Nov. 6 at Tom West Field in Pine Grove on Senior Night.
Neither team scored in the first quarter of play, but in the second frame the ‘Jacks used a 12-play drive to accumulate 68 yards and capped it off with a two-yard Matthew Poling TD.
Cameron knotted the game at six with a 10-yard pass play and both teams went into the locker room dead-locked at six.
In the third period, the Dragons scored on a bizarre play when a Dragon defender snatched the ball from Cody Scott – still on the ground from a tackle – and ran 50 yards unchallenged for a TD as everyone watched in disbelief that the play was not ruled dead.
Neither team could dent the scoreboard again and Cameron won its second game of the season, while Valley – deprived of .500 with the loss – finished 4-6.
“That’s a tough one to lose,” said Valley Head Coach Tom West. “I feel bad for our seniors on Senior Night to lose a game like that.”
The Valley defense held Cameron to 24 yards rushing and 30 yards passing and also limited the Dragons to only three first downs on the night.
The Lumberjacks weren’t at their best, either. They rushed for only 104 yards and completed 1-16 passes, while moving the chains six times. Scott had 46 yards to lead all ball carriers, while Cody Bates netted 33 yards. Poling rushed for 14 yards, while Garrett Ueltschy and Casey Pingley combined for 11 yards.
Defensively, Scott laid to rest 14 Dragons, while adding a quarterback sack. Justin Carter dropped seven Dragons, while Billy Streets added six tackles and one sack, making him 10 sacks for the season. Clay Ueltschy contributed five tackles, while Davey Sivert made two QB sacks and Garrett Ueltschy hauled in an interception.
The Lumberjacks won this year’s “Back Yard Brawl,” beating both Hundred and Paden City. They will lose seven players to graduation: Justin Carter, Matthew Poling, Billy Streets, Cody Scott, Bradley Mason, Dustin Bickerstaff, and Josh Hornbeck.