Lumberjacks Win Backyard Brawl
PINE GROVE – Levi Streets broke the Valley Lumberjacks record held by Trey Streets 285 yards with a single-game yardage mark of 362-yards and three touchdowns in helping Valley beat Paden City, 22-6 on Nov. 4 at Tom West Field. The game saw four ejections and a handful of injured bodies in the game.
The Lumberjacks took the opening kick and drove all the way deep in Paden City territory before the Wildcats defense took over on downs at the three yard line.
The Valley front line pushed the Wildcats offense to the half-yard line, and would force the ‘Cats to punt from end-zone.
The ‘Jacks Peyton Bassett returned the punt to the 13 yard line, where the Wildcat Hayden Hizer sacked Tyler Kocher for a 10 yard loss. A few plays later, the Wildcats Aaron Heasley jumped high in the air to pick-off a Valley pass, to give the Wildcats the ball at the 20 yard line.
Paden City reached deep down in their bag of tricks and completed a razzle-dazzle with Heasley catching a pass from Hizer for a 24 yard pick-up, and a new set of downs.
Hizer would then move the chains once more on a long 20 yard pick up for another set of downs. Heasley went around the right side for another huge gain of about 15 yards, setting up a one yard Heasley TD to give the visitors a 6-0 lead with 3:07 left in period one.
Valley takes over at their own 45 on the ensuing kick-off, and after a VHS motion penalty and a Rander Amos quarterback sack, the ‘Cats defense took over on downs with a nice defensive stand at midfield.
Paden City couldn’t get anything going losing yardage on a pair of Lumberjacks tackles for loss of yardage to end period one.
After an incomplete pass, Paden City punts, with Valley taking over at the 25 yard line to start period two.
Period two was very good offensively for the Lumberjacks as they scored all their 22 points in the stanza.
Kocher added three yards on the drive, while Streets rushed four times, including the final 29 yards to knot things up at 6-6 with 10:07 showing on the second quarter clock.
After a short Valley kick and a personal foul on a high tackle, the Wildcats were in business at midfield. But, a lot of energy was lost, including four players, two on each side , and the ‘Cats had the ball at the 34 yard line.
From their, Paden City had to punt, and Valley took over after a block in the back on the return to start their second scoring drive.
After six straight Street runs, and with a fourth down and 27, Street took it to the house to give Valley a score, but a holding call brought it back to the 35-yard line.
The ‘Jacks Travis Leek got loose and galloped 17 yards, before Streets went the distance again on a 29 yard TD scamper, with also getting the two point conversion run to give the hosts a 14-6 lead with 3:07 left in the opening half.
Paden City started their next drive in good field position at the 41 yard line, and moved 14 more yards on a nice 14 yard pass play from Heasley to Jason Anderson. From their the Lumberjacks defense held and forced a punt.
With 1:33 showing left in the first half, Street went to work as he ran the Wildcat offense perfectly. He galloped 34 yards and then added six more carries, with the later one crossing the goal line from one yard out to give the hosts a huge 22-6 lead after his two point conversion run with 13 seconds remaining in the half.
After the another short kick-off, the ‘Cats threw an incomplete pass and had a loss of yardage on the last play of the half.
Streets rushed for 204 of his career and school high 362 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.
The front line of Levi Rux, Bodee Scyoc on the left side; Austin Lowe, at center, and Jeff Brown, Logan Haught as well as Evan Harter on the right side of the Valley line made it possible for Streets along with Leek at fullback.
The second half didn’t start right away, as the game wouldn’t start till an ambulance returned to the game after the one at the game had an emergency call and had to leave.
But, when they did the game went back and forth between with neither team putting up any points and Valley getting the win.
It left three of the four Wetzel County schools with each winning two games.
“The kids battled all year long and never quit. We lost major players early in the season in Dylan Irvin and Matthew Throckmorton as well as many others, but it did get a lot of underclassmen a chance to play major minutes and I hope it pays off in the future,” said Valley Head Coach Logan Miller. “We all look forward to next season and hope that the guys will comeback and help us get back into the playoffs once more.”
“Their was a momentum swing after the altercation at midfield in the second quarter,” said PC Head Coach Brent Croasmun. “We lost some players due to ejections and injuries we had to play kids that limiting our play. We dressed only 18 and with two others going down with Injuries and losing another for a good part of a quarter we were left short-handed. But, we played hard and never game up in the course of the game, and I’m proud of each and every player.”
Besides the stats of Streets, Kocher netted 24 yards rushing, while Leek garnered 64 yards for Valley. Kocher was 2-4 for nine yards, with Alex Midcap hauling in one for four yards and Leek the other for five yards.
Defensively Streets made 10 stops, while Leek put-down eight and Brian Powell six.
For the Wildcats, Hizer accounted for 91 yards rushing and three yards receiving, while completing one pass for 25 yards. Heasley rushed for 15 yards and scored a TD, while hauling in a pass for 25 yards. Michael Shreves grabbed one for 20 yards, and Anderson 26 yards on two snatches.