‘Jacks Tame ‘Cats, 27-6
Valley Lumberjack Garrett Ueltschy scored two touchdowns and Casey Pingley rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown to power the Lumberjacks past county rival Paden City, 27-6, Oct. 29 on Senior Night at Tom West Field in Pine Grove.
On the opening kick, the ‘Jacks’ Tyler Baker put the hurtin’ on the Wildcats ball carrier at the 35 yard line. The ‘Cats Geoffery Bidwell scampered for 15 yards to move the chains that Valley Lumberjack Boosters Rob Carter and Allen Miller will move for the last time, retiring after 20 plus seasons. Miller has volunteered the longest, more than 25 years.
The Lumberjacks’ defense buckled down and forced a Kyle McFadden punt that pinned the Lumberjacks at their own seven yard line. Cody Bates and Pingley rambled for positive yardage to move the chains on their first set of downs. But, the Wildcats snapped their helmets down and went to work, stopping the ‘Jacks to force a punt.
The ‘Jacks’ Kody Jenkins blasted a 55-yard punt to the ‘Cats 25 yard line. After the Lumberjacks front line stopped Paden City for no gain on their first attempts, Pingley would come up huge and pick up a Paden City loose ball at the 24 yard line.
It didn’t take Valley very long to capitalize on the turnover. First Pingley scampered eight yards and then Ueltschy would take it to the house on a nifty 16-yard touchdown run, off a fake to Bates. Jenkins split the uprights to give the hosts a 7-0 lead.
The Wildcats Jarred “Pac-Man” Stewart ran the ensuing kick back 22 yards to their own 42 yard line. Geoffery Bidwell rushed for three yards before being rudely greeted by Jenkins on a nice tackle. Jenkins was at his old tricks and separated the ball from a Wildcat receiver on another nice hit to force a Wildcat punt.
Pingley would gallop 10 yards on the punt and was tackled by Jamie Billiter on a nasty hit and stopped him from gaining any further yardage. Jenkins would carry twice for the ‘Jacks to give the home team a first down. Pingley, also got his named called twice and moved the chains.
The Paden City front line stopped the Valley surge for one play before Jenkins galloped for six yards, before Ueltschy found gold at the end of the rainbow for a 23-yard touchdown. Jenkins converted the PAT and the home team led, 14-0. with 1:37 left in the first period.
Pingley kicked off and the Paden City kick returner slipped and his knee hit the ground at the 15 yard line. The Lumberjacks’ defense forced a three and out and Paden City punted.
The ‘Jacks would then give the ball to their six different senior linemen-Davy Sievert, Dins Highly, Patrick Mc Gray, Troy Rush, Cameron Price and Vance Hubbard-to reward them for their four years of service in their next couple series, but the Wildcat defense was up to the challenge and limited the Valley ‘hogs’ to only eight yards.
Jenkins would blast another 50-yard punt and Hunter Ring and Clay Ueltschy would make tackles for loss of yardage. However, McFadden blasted a long punt of his own and Valley took over at midfield.
After two short runs, Ueltschy hit his cousin, Clay Ueltschy, on a 33-yard pitch and catch. After a five-yard Pingley run, Jenkins would Git-R-Done with a two-yard scamper right before the half to give Valley a 20-0 advantage at the break.
Geoffery Bidwell, taking over for the injured Drew Bidwell would move the chains twice to open the second half. However, Clay Ueltschy would recover a PC fumble to stop another good looking Wildcat drive. Pingley scampered 15 yards, but the ‘Cat defense buckled down and forced Valley to punt. The Jenkins punt rolled dead at the ‘Cat 22 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, the Wildcats lost the ball on a fumble and the ‘Jacks’ Jon Smallwood recovered it.
Garrett Ueltschy ran for a nice 22-yard gainer. However, Valley fumbled on the next play for a seven-yard loss. Cody Bates rushed for three yards and the Wildcats’ Jamie Billiter made a nice interception in the end-zone.
Geoffery Bidwell hooked up with Peyton Hinkley twice during the drive. Geoffery Bidwell gained big yardage and capped off the impressive 80-yard drive with a five-yard TD run.
Pingley added a 17-yard touchdown after the ‘Cats’ tally to make the final score 27-6. He paced Valley with a game-high 138 yards and a touchdown, while Garrett Ueltschy added 66 yards and two scores. Jenkins tallied a TD, while gaining 33 yards on seven carries and kicked two extra point attempts. Garrett connected on 2-44 passes for 44 yards and one interception. Clay Ueltschy hauled in one pass for 33 yards, while Jenkins caught the other for 11 yards.
The Wildcats’ Geoffery Bidwell rushed and passed for 94 yards to lead the Wildcat offense. Hinkley caught three passes for 36 yards, while Stewart and Matt Baker each caught one pass for 30 yards apiece.
Defensively, Valley was paced by Pingley’s 10 tackles, while Clay Ueltschy added nine tackles and recovered a fumble. Garrett Ueltschy and Hunter Ring each added six tackles, while Spencer Mason recorded a quarterback sack.
Billiter led the ‘Cats with 11 tackles. He also added an interception, blocked an extra point kick, and caused a fumble. Hinkley followed with 11 tackles, including one for loss of yardage, while McFadden, Kyle Staton, and Keith Hardbarger each tattooed seven ‘Jack ball carriers, including one for loss of yardage.
“Geoffery Bidwell did a good job running the offense. He hasn’t quarterbacked for three or four weeks and did an exceptional job,” said PC Head Coach Brent Croasmun. “We face a tough Bishop Donahue team Friday in our last game of the year. We will practice hard during the week and show up and battle to the end.”
Valley will try to even their record at 5-5 against the Dragons at Cameron in their last game of the season Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.