‘Jacks Walloped By Bishops, 60-7
Valley Lumberjack Casey Pingley eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing for the season against Bishop Donahue, but it wasn’t enough as the Bishops went on to record a 60-7 impressive victory, Oct. 22 at Tom West Field.
After holding Bishop Donahue to a three and out on its first possession, it would be a long night from that point on.
After returning the punt at their own 22 yard line, Valley would lose yards in its first two rushes, but Pingley would gain all that back and more on a seven yard run, while giving a few Bishop defenders a piggy-back ride on the run. Valley would punt the ball away to the Bishops.
It didn’t take long for Bishop Donahue to strut their stuff as they connected on a 49-yard TD strike to give them an early lead.
After the ensuing kick, Pingley returned it to the 28 yard line, whereupon the Bishops forced their second straight three and out. However, the Lumberjacks’ punter, Dino Highley, had other ideas and faked the punt and picked up a first down on a nice run. But, it only lasted three more plays as the Donahue defense held their ground and forced a third straight three and out.
The Bishops didn’t waste any time as they connected on their second straight long pass to extend their lead on a 73-yard TD pitch and catch to ups their tally to 12-0.
Pingley returned the ensuing kick to the 36 yard line, but a Bishop Donahue defender would make an outstanding interception on a pass from the ‘Jacks’ quarterback Garrett Ueltschy.
Lumberjack defensive end Jon Smallwood sacked the Bishops’ star QB on a 10-yard loss, to end the first period of action.
The two middle periods, were all Bishop Donahue. They scored 42 points, while the only Lumberjack positive was a 72 yard TD Pingley scamper that pushed his season total to over 1,000 yards.
Pingley paced the ‘Jacks with 145 yards and a TD, while Cody Bates contributed 10 yards and Drew Wade recorded seven yards. Highley would gain 13 yards on two fake punts. Ueltschy connected with Hunter Ring on his only completion for 16 yards.
Defensively, Smallwood paced the ‘Jacks with eight tackles, including one quarterback sack. Wade added seven tackles, while Highley, Ring, Pingley, and Kody Jenkins each recorded five tackles for Valley.
The Lumberjacks will entertain Paden City in the battle for Wetzel County supremacy in the Back Yard Brawl, Wetzel County style, Oct. 29 on Senior Night in a Trick Or Treat contest, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.