Lumberjacks Chop Down Wildcats, 45-6
Valley jumped out to a 38-0 lead in the first half and never looked back in beating Paden City, 45-6, Nov. 3 at Berger Field, on the Wildcats Senior Night.
The Lumberjacks flexed their muscles in the opening period, when Gavin Streets ran back the opening kick 71 yards, and later scored on a Levi Streets nine yard scamper that gave the visitors a 12-0 lead after one period of play.
In the second period, fireworks were displayed in a sad way as the Lumberjacks lost a player for the rest of the game on a defensive tackle for targetingand a handful of infractions.
However, despite losing a productive player for the rest of the game, the Lumberjacks used it to fuel their motors and tallied four touchdowns in the second period.
Tyler Kocher would score the team’s first touchdown with a one yard plunge for a score, while Peyton Bassett returned a fumble 28 yards for their second score. Travis Leek scored the ‘Jacks fourth touchdown in the second period with a sensational 49-yard run, while Bassett kicked the last pair Valley PATs in the second quarter.
Bassett scored the Lumberjacks last TD in the third period on a one yard run, and split the uprights for the PAT.
Paden City avoided a shutout with a Marcus Allen touchdown on a 10-yard reception from Michael Shreves.
Kocher paced the (6-4) Valley Lumberjacks with 63 yards rushing and scored twice, while Levi Streets picked up 35 yards and a touchdown in limited play. Gavin Streets ran six times, picking up 71 yards and a touchdown, while Leek added 49 yards and a touchdown. Bassett scored on his only carry from one yard out and kicked three conversion PAT kicks. Valley didn’t complete a pass in six tries. They moved the chains 11 times, to only four for the Wildcats. However, the Wildcats didn’t have a penalty all game, while the Lumberjacks were caught nine times for 89-yards. Valley also lost two fumbles, while the ‘Cats lost three fumbles, and had three interceptions.
Paden City only gained 19 yards on 29 carries from the ground, with Ryan Cross rushed for 22 yards and Allen two yards.
Shreves was 7-16 for 21 yards, while Cross completed his only toss for 20 yards. Allen caught four passes for 26 yards and scored a touchdown.
“I’m proud of the way the kids battled week and week out this season. They came to practice every day with one goal in mind, and that was to get better every day,” said VHS Head Coach Logan Miller. “Although our team goal was to make the playoffs, having a winning record at 6-4 is something to be proud of. We will look to build off this years success and continue to get better for next season.”
Defensively, Travis Leek made seven tackles, including a sack, while Austin Lowe, Jordan Williams, Peyton Bassett, Gavin Streets, Ethan Fluharty and George Brown each recorded five tackles. Lowe, Bassett and Brown each added a sack, while Bassett returned a fumble for a touchdown, with both Brown and Gavin Streets making an interception.
The Lumberjacks will lose nine seniors in Tyler Kocher, Levi Streets, Peyton Bassett, Austin Lowe, Travis Leek, Bodee Scyoc, Jordan Williams Levi Rux, and Morgan Willoughby.
Paden City will lose seniors Rander Amos, Marcus Allen, David Joy, Drew Carpenter and C.W. Harton.