Frontier Gets Best Of Valley
The Frontier Cougars used a powerful running game inspired by a recent announcement that one of their teammates had been diagnosed with cancer tp spoil Valley’s Homecoming activities.
With this in mind, the Cougars rushed for 351 yards and five touchdowns to counter the Lumberjacks’ Trey Streets who eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season with 150 yards rushing and three scores as Frontier posted a 42-28 Oct. 16.
Both teams punted twice before Valley raced out to a 16-0 lead on a pair of TD runs by Streets. Valley also connecting on two conversion passes.
The first score came following a short Frontier punt. After Streets was tackled for a loss back to the Cougar 25 yard line, Streets took it to the house for the game’s opening tally. Streets hooked up with Dylan Irvin for the two-point conversion.
The Cougars muffed the ensuing kick and Austin Lowe recovered setting up the ‘Jacks next score – an 11-yard Street TD scamper. Streets then hooked up with Tyler Kocher on the conversion attempt, increasing the Lumberjack lead to 16-0.
However, the Cougars’ Derrick Heddleson hit paydirt right before the end of the first period to pare the gap in half after the two-point conversion pass, Damon Metheney to Nick Comino.
On the Lumberjacks’ next drive, Streets juked and jived his way for a 45-yard run that pushed his season rushing total to more than 1,000 yards for the season to end the first period.
Streets opened the second quarter with a 39-yard TD bomb to Tucker Cain to extend the lead to 22-8.
After a short kickoff, the Cougars needed just four-plays before Metheney crossed the goal on a quarterback keeper. He then spotted Calvin Valentine on the two-point conversion to pull to within 22-16.
Frontier scored with 3:02 left in the first half on a Metheney to Toby Minder 25-yard touchdown pitch and catch.
However, Streets answered with a 40-yard touchdown run to give the hosts a 28-22 lead at the half.
Frontier scored three more times in the second half, while holding Valley scoreless the balance of the night.
“The Lord says give of yourself, and good things happen,” said Frontier Head Coach Johnny Schmidt. “When one of our teammates got the word he had cancer Wednesday, the team responded and worked harder knowing one of their families will soon be fighting the fight and we all wanted him to know we will be with him all the way.”
Metheney rushed for 223 yards and scored three touchdowns to pace the Cougar offense, while Derrick Heddleson added 67 yards rushing and a TD, and Nick Camino 46 yards and a TD.
Streets picked up 150 yards on 19 carries and scored three times to give him 1,112 yards on the season to go with 15 rushing touchdowns. He also was 5-of-13 through the air for 82 yards and a TD and one interception. He has now passed for 11 touchdowns on the season.
Matthew Throckmorton picked up 41 yards on the ground and 30 yards receiving for the Lumberjacks.
Defensively, Dusty Lowe paced the ‘Jacks with 12 tackles, while Kale Lloyd added 11. Colby Bucher followed with eight stops and blocked an extra point attempt. Alex Midcap sat down six Cougar ball carriers.
The Valley Lumberjacks will face Doddridge Friday in Bulldog territory with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.