‘Jacks Win Wetzel County’s Version Of The Backyard Brawl
The Valley Lumberjacks scored 41 first half points and cruised to a 41-14 victory over Hundred in the Wetzel County “Backyard Brawl” Sept. 3 at Tom West Field in Pine Grove.
Hundred has not had a home game on Friday night this season because field lights were destroyed by snow storms last winter. However, Valley magnanimously offered its field in Pine Grove and gave the Hornets the gate.
However, the ‘Jacks gave the Hornets more than the gate. They thumped the Hornets as they tallied two early touchdowns and rushed for more than 200 yards – all in the first half.
After taking the opening kick, Hundred went three and out and was forced to punt. Valley started its opening drive at the 38 yard line and Kody Jenkins would travel 11 yards for a first down. The ‘Jacks’ Casey Pingley would also move the chains with a large gainer. Valley fullback Cody Bates bullied his way for four yards and Pingley moved the chains once more on a six yard scamper.
The Hornets’ Jacob Watson made a nice tackle in the ‘Jacks backfield for a nine yards loss. It looked like the Hornets would make another nice defensive stop when the ‘Jacks fumbled the snap. However, Jenkins worked his magic and eluded several Hornet defenders and gained 15 yards for another VHS first down.
The Hundred defense held Valley to a fourth down and three yards to go for a first down. Valley took their second time out of the quarter to talk over strategy and came back with a Bates 14-yard TD run. Jenkins nailed the point after kick to draw first blood and a 7-0 lead, with 6:22 remaining in the opening period.
Hundred’s Shane Kuhn ran the ‘Jacks’ kickoff to the 34 yard line and Chris Varner tacked on two yards on the first play from scrimmage. After the Hornets dropped a pass, they would be forced to punt once again. Valley fumbled the punt, but the ‘Jacks’ Jon Smallwood snapped it up. After the Hornet defensive front line stopped the Lumberjacks for no gain, they were penalized for a face mask.
The ‘Jacks’ Garrett Ueltschy hit Bates for a 20-yard pass completion for another Valley first down. Pingley picked up eight yards to push the ball inside the 10 yard line for a first and goal. Hundred then forced Valley to a third and goal at the five yard line. But Ueltschy connected with Bates for another TD pass to pull the “visitors” ahead with a 14-0 lead with 2:55 remaining in the first quarter.
After the ensuing kick, Hornet quarterback Tyrell Watson hit Varner with a 40-yard pass. However, a block-in-the-back penalty moved the ball to the 38 yard line of the ‘Jacks with 1:56 left in period one. Watson ran for his life and picked up 20 yards for another Hornet first down.
The combination of Watson to Varner moved the chains to the 13 yard line, and, after a pass interference call, the ball was spotted inside the five yard line. After a negative run, Watson would scramble to his right for a six-yard TD run. Clay Ueltschy would sack Watson on the two-point conversion attempt and the Hornets trimmed the ‘Jack advantage to 14-6 with 53 seconds remaining in the first period.
Pingley ran the kickoff back 25 yards to open its next drive. After a stop by Roger Stalnaker and Ray Yoho at the line, Pingley gained five yards as the horn sounded to end period one. He also would score a couple plays in the second period on a 46-yard scamper to extend the Lumberjacks advantage to 21 after an Ezra Rice conversion kick.
The Hornets’ Zack White returned the ensuing kick 14 yards to their own 38 yard line. After a Varner two-yard run, Watson hit Kuhn for a three-yard gainer. The Hornets used some trickery and tried a double-reverse pass, but Watson’s pass was underthrown and he was picked off by Valley’s Garrett Ueltschy, who ran it back to Valley’s 45 yard line.
After a pair of big gainers, Garrett Ueltschy connected with Drew Wade for a 20 yard completion. The Hornets were assessed a roughing-the-passer penalty and the ‘Jacks were in business at the Hornet five yard line. From there, Bates ran it in for the score. The PAT missed and Valley extended its lead to 28-6.
After gaining a first down after the kickoff, Watson was intercepted, again by Garrett Ueltschy, who ran the ball back 30 yards. After a block-in-the-back penalty on Hundred, the Lumberjacks had the ball inside the 10 yard line. After a face-mask penalty against the Hornets, the combination Garrett Ueltschy to Clay Ueltschy hooked up for the first time this season for a five yard touchdown.
Garrett Ueltschy would later connect with Pingley for a 39-yard touchdown for the ‘Jacks’ final TD of the game in the second period.
The Hornets would score on a 30-yard TD pass from Watson to Shane Kuhn in the fourth period for the last points of the game.
Valley’s reserves played all of the second period on offense, while using some of the starters on defense.
Hundred accumulated only 66 yards on the ground. Watson led the way with 39 yards, Kuhn had 32 yards and Varner finished with 16. Tyrell completed 7-19 passes for 100 yards and a TD. Varner and Kuhn each caught four passes for 50 yards,
Defensively for Hundred, Stalnaker and Jacob Watson each accounted for 13 tackles, while White contributed 11 and Jerrico Parks 10 tackles.
Offensively for the Lumberjacks, Garrett Ueltschy was 6-7 for 101 yards and three TD passes, while Pingley added 98 yards on the ground. Bates and Jenkins combined for 60 yards, while Collin Bates netted 42 yards. TC Long added 26 yards, Christian Ice added 21 yards, Chase West 13 yards, and Garrett Ueltschy rushed for three yards.
Defensively for Valley, 33 players saw action with 17 of them making tackles. Clay Ueltschy led the way with 14 stops and two quarterback sacks. Garrett Ueltschy picked off two Hornet passes, while Pingley tallied nine tackles. Making at least one tackle each were Davie Sivert, Hunter Ring, Jon Smallwood, Spencer Mason, Kody Jenkins, Drew Wade, Cameron Price, Rider Scoyoc, Collin Bates, Troy Rush, Patrick McGraw, Brandon Stoneking, Ezra Rice, and Christian Ice.
Both Hundred and Valley have a week off, but both will be back in business Sept. 17.
Hundred will travel to Clay-Battelle and Valley will host Notre Dame. Both games will start at 7:30 p.m