Toronto Red Knights Slay Lumberjacks, 25-3
Kody Jenkins connected on a 30-yard field goal in the first period for the Valley Lumberjacks to give the visiting ‘Jacks a quick 3-0 lead at Clark Hinkle Memorial Stadium in Toronto, Ohio, Sept. 24.
However, the Red Knights defeated Valley 25-3, snapping a long home losing streak that dated back to 2008.
During Valley’s initial drive, last week’s hero, Casey Pingley, ripped off a 36-yard run that looked to go all the way before a shoestring tackle stopped Valley’s junior tailback from making it into the end zone. Valley would settle for a Jenkins field goal.
The Lumberjack defense held Toronto and forced them to punt. But, on the return, Jenkins had his head and neck severely twisted on the tackle and had to be stretchered off the field.
The loss of Jenkins bothered the visitors and they couldn’t recover. “We started downhill when Kody was injured,” said Valley Head Coach Tom West. “He is our kicker, our return man, and our tailback. He is everything to us, and when he went down, we slowly went downhill. Then, after that, we had a couple other injuries. We already had a couple kids hurt who couldn’t play. It was a lack of depth which hurt us. We were playing a lot of backups, and there was a lot of confusion on who was going to play where when we got hurt.”
Toronto took advantage of a few Valley miscues that led to Red Knight points.
Garrett Ueltschy completed only 1-19 passes, while the Knights’ quarterback completed only 1-10. Pingley rushed for 72 yards and Cody Bates contributed 36 yards, while Ueltschy tallied 16 yards for Valley.
Clay Ueltschy had two quarterback sacks to go along with his eight tackles, while Davie Sivert tallied a dozen tackles.
Pingley added seven tackles, including a quarterback sack, while Bates added a sack.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Lumberjacks as they will host undefeated Buffalo Bisons Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. on Homecoming night.