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Doddridge County Crashes Valley’s Homecoming, 28-6

By Staff | Oct 26, 2016

Valley Head Coach Logan Miller gives his offense a pep-talk before heading back on the the field during a time-out in the Valley 28-6 loss against the Doddridge Bulldogs.

After Melanie Thomas was selected homecoming queen prior to the game, the Valley Lumberjacks’ Levi Streets would accumulate his first career 100-yard rushing game, but it wasn’t quite enough to get past the Doddridge Bulldogs Oct. 21 at Tom West Field.

The Lumberjacks held the Bulldogs to a pair of back-to-back three and outs on their first two series of play, while the Bulldogs held the Valley offense to only four offensive plays before fumbling the ball on a long 27-yard scamper.

The Bulldogs responded with a five-play 40-yard drive, tacked off with a four yard scamper to give the visiting Bulldogs a 6-0 lead after the missed PAT kick .

Valley’s Travis Leek returned the ensuing kick 10 yards to start their third drive of the opening stanza, but the Doddridge defense would hold the Lumberjacks offense to another three and out.

Brian Powell brought down the ‘Dogs Curtis James from behind after a 55-yard run that ended the first quarter of play. However, it was short lived as the Doddridge offense would cap the 78-yard drive with a four yard pitch and catch to extend its lead to 14-0 after the two point conversion pass.

Melanie Thomas, Valley High School’s 2016 Homecoming Queen, is crowned during halftime.

The Lumberjack offense started to flex their muscles in their next series moved the chains twice before a pair of infractions and a fumble hurt their chances to get on the board and punted once again.

The Bulldogs went on a 58 yard 15-play drive that was capped off with a four yard TD pass and two-point conversion run to grab a 22-0 lead with only 1:18 left in the opening half.

Streets accounted for all, but 23 of the 63-yards gained tapped off the first half with a 13-yard TD pass from Tyler Kocher to end the first half, down 22-6 as time expired.

Neither team could contain mush offense in the second half, but Doddridge would score their final tally with .30 seconds left in regulation on a one yard quarterback keeper by Hunter Riffle.

Streets was the Lumberjacks’ work horse gaining 100 yards on 18 carries, while Kocher added 70 yards on five carries, and Leek gained 10 yards on a trio of rushing attempts.

Kocher completed 6-14 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, with Streets hauling in four passes for 30 yards, while Midcap caught two for 35 yards.

Defensively, Austin Lowe led the way with 15 tackles, while Peyton Bassett added 10 tackles and recovered a fumble. Streets dropped nine Bulldogs, including a quarterback sack, while Midcap made eight, and Leek seven.

The Lumberjacks will head to Tyler Consolidated Friday night at 7 p.m. before finishing the season Nov. 1 at home on Senior night against Wetzel County rival Paden City also at 7 p.m.

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Lumberjacks Fall Against Frontier, 28-22

Frontier scored on a third and long busted 25-yard touchdown run in the second OT to defeat the Valley Lumberjacks, 28-22 Oct. 14 in New Matamoras for their first victory of the season.

The Lumberjacks was about to end the game in regulation on a fourth and goal at the Cougars four-yard line with two minutes remaining, with a field goal try. However, the ‘Jacks were guilty of two many players on the field and back them up, and rather than try the field-goal, opted to go for it, but was denied and went on to overtime.

Neither team could punch it in, until late in the second OT when the Cougars took it in for the game-winner.

The Cougars, scored on their opening possession on a three-yard touchdown scamper to take a 7-0 lead after the ensuing PAT.

After recovering a Cougar fumbled punt, the Lumberjacks would counter on their first possession in the second period. After a recovered punt on a Tyler Kocher to Peyton Bassett five-yard pitch and catch to tie things up after the Bassett extra point kick.

Frontier wasted little time answering the Valley touchdown as the Cougar quarterback turned a simple quarterback keeper into a 46-yard touchdown run to increase the Frontier lead to 15-7.

However, the never-say-die Lumberjacks pulled back to within a point on an 11-yard scoring strike from Kocher to freshman Troy Satterfield, that was set up by a 38-yard pass to Bassett.

Frontier freshman Joel Lewis who ran for 154 yards in the game on 30 carries including a 29-yard scamper to open the second half and increase the Cougar lead to 22-14.

Valley got a huge defensive play from Bassett to tie things up at 22-22 when the junior jumped a short route to intercept a Cougar pass and then raced 19 yards for the pick six with four minutes to play in the third quarter..

Both teams had turned the ball over four times in the game and the two combined for 23 penalty flags as neither would manage to score in regulation forcing the game into extended play.

“The guys are playing very hard, and I take the blame on the penalty that kept us from winning the game in regulation, that was all on me,” said Valley Head Coach Logan Miller. “We still are playing short-handed, but the younger kids are getting a lot of playing time and could help us in the near future.?”

Bassett paced the Valley offense with 121 yards on eight catches, and scored on a 20 yard interception return. Kocher completed 16 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Satterfield caught one pass for a 10 yard TD, while Travis Leek hauled in four passes for 38 yards, and Levi Streets grabbed three passes for 47 yards. Streets rushed for 34 yards on 10 carries.

Defensively, Travis Leek made 20 tackles; he also had a QB sack and had an interception, while Jeff Brown recorded 14 tackles. In addition, Levi Streets and Austin Lowe each recorded 11 tackles, while Bassett brought down 10 Cougars and made an interception.

Valley, slipped to 1-6 on the season, will host the 4-4 Doddridge Bulldogs on their Homecoming Night at 7:30 p.m.