‘Jacks Reign On Dragon Senior Night
The Valley Lumberjacks completed their season with a 5-5 record after humbling the Cameron Dragons, 34-16, at Dragon Field Nov. 5 on senior night.
Casey Pingley got the Lumberjacks on the scoreboard first when he scampered 83 yards early in the opening quarter to race out to a 7-0 lead after the Kody Jenkins extra point kick.
After holding the Dragons on their first series, the ‘Jacks’ Cody Bates would finish off an impressive Valley drive with a five-yard TD run. The kick failed.
The Dragons would answer with a long drive of their own, capped off by a nine-yard TD run to pull to within six after their PAT.
Pingley would score on a 13-yard touchdown scamper early in the second period. Garrett Ueltschy faked the extra point attempt and connected with Drew Wade in the back of the end zone for two points.
After holding the Dragons, the Lumberjacks struck again, this time from an Ueltschy pass to Jon Smallwood that accounted for 16 yards. Jenkins’ kick sailed through the uprights to push the Lumberjack advantage to 20-7 at the half.
Neither team scored in the third period, however the Lumberjack express would tack on quite a bit of yardage from the ground.
Valley scored on a 19-yard interception return by Davie Sivert for their final tally and the Dragons would add a three-yard run late in the game.
Valley rushed for 404 yards on 56 carries, with Pingley netting 271 yards on 31 opportunities. Bates netted 44 yards, while Ueltschy scrambled for 43 yards. Christian Ice netted 27 yards on one carry, while teammate Jenkins added 10 yards.
The rest of the yardage came from Wade, Collin Bates, Chase West, and T.C. Long. Ueltschy completed one pass for a 16-yard TD to Smallwood.
Every time the Dragons would look to have something going, the ‘Jacks’ defense would come up with a big play. Smallwood added a pair of quarterback sacks, while Pingley, Cameron Price, and Clay Ueltschy would each sack the Cameron quarterback. Also Garrett Ueltschy, Jenkins, and Sivert would each intercept the Cameron quarterback.
Smallwood paced the defensive unit with nine tackles, while Pingley and Smallwood would evenly split 14 tackles. Sivert and Price would both added six tackles.
After a slow start, Pingley would gain 1,400 yards. He is 252 yards behind all-time rusher Jim West from 1988 who had 1,652 yards.
Valley will lose 11 seniors to graduation in Tyler Baker, Cody Bates, Dino Highley, Vance Hubbard, Kody Jenkins, Patrick McGraw, Cameron Price, Troy Rush, Davie Sivert, Kieron Swiger, and Garrett Ueltschy.
Several of key personnel will return, but will only return one starter on the line.
“We had a tougher schedule this season and just missed making the playoffs,” said VHS Head Coach Tom West. “It was one of the most enjoyable years we have had for awhile and are looking forward to next season.”