Field Goal Lifts Lumberjacks
The Valley Lumberjacks Logan Bassett kicked an 18-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Lumberjacks to its first victory of the season, by the score of 38-35 Sept. 27 in Beallsville Blue Devil territory.
With the score all tied up at 35-35 the Lumberjacks Gavin Streets punted the ball to the Blue Devils 1-yard line, where the Lumberjacks defense held the Devils to a three and out and took over the ball at midfield with 4:30 remaining in regulation.
Wyatt Dallison opened the drive with a 15-yard pick-up for a first down. Facing a fourth and three, the ‘Jacks Abe Satterfield moved the chains with a dazzling 17-yard scamper and a new set of downs. With only one minute remaining and a pair of timeouts at their disposal, the Lumberjacks were down to the 15-yard line.
After two straight 1-yard runs, Valley took one of their TO’s. Now facing a third and 9-yards, Valley called on Dallison name to get the ball in the middle of the field and gained 7-yards, and called another time-out. Valley Head Coach looked into Bassett eyes and he knew he wanted to win it for the ‘Jacks and called his name to get it done. “Logan drilled it perfectly through the uprights, ” said Coach Miller. “I can’t say enough about this group, they have fought the fight all season and we lost some that we could have won, and they just stayed the course and did what they had to do to get the win, and I can’t be any happier for them.”
Beallsville took the lead first with a 16-yard pitch and catch, while adding the 2-point conversion for a 8-0 lead.
However, Gavin Streets scored his first of 3-TDs runs from 5-yards out to close the gap to, 8-7 after the Bassett PAT kick.
The Blue Devils scored one more time in the opening period with a nice 19-yard run, and with another 2-point conversion, the Blue Devils held a 16-7 advantage after one period of play.
The Blue Devils extended their lead to 20-7 on a 6-yard TD run in the second stanza. However, Valley’s bread and butter Gavin Street scored from 21-yards out to close with in 20-13. Streets would score one more time in the third on a nice 25-yard run, and with the Bassett PAT splitting the uprights the game was all knotted up at 20-20 late in period two.
However, the Beallsville Blue Devils pulled out a nice drive ending with a 1-yard TD run and another 2-point conversion to take a 28-20 lead into the break.
With no one getting denting the scoreboard in the third quarter, until 1:11 left, the ‘Jacks David Sell would step in front of a Beallsville aerial and race untouched into the end-zone to pull to within a point after a successful PAT kick, at 28-27.
The Lumberjack lead was extended to 35-28 when Dallison carried half of the Blue Devils with him into the end-zone from 12-yards out for the score. But, instead of kicking it, the ‘Jacks went to the air for the two-point try, and Satterfield’s pass was hauled-in by Brigg Anderson that gave Valley a 35-28 advantage heading into the fourth period.
The Blue Devils would knot things up in the fourth on a 2-yard TD run, and kicked the conversion try in between the goal post to even things up at 35-35 before the Bassett heroics as time expired.
Even though the game went back and forth for a good portion of the game, it was Valley that moved the chains the most as they worked the Beallsville Chain-Gang to the tune of 24-first downs to only 8 for those pesky Blue Devils.
The Lumberjacks lost one of four fumbles, while Beallsville lost their only fumble. Also, the ‘Jacks lost 25-yards on 4-penalties, while the Blue Devils lost 21-yards on one less infraction.
The Blue Devils had 102-yards on the ground with 4-TDs, while adding 246-yards through the air, 1-TD and 1-interception.
The Lumberjacks rushed the ball 60-times for 398-yards and 4-TDs, while only throwing the ball once for an incompletion.
However, Satterfield hooked up with Anderson on a 2-point conversion pass.
Streets rushed for 220-yards on 22 carries and 3-TDs, while Dallison added 154-yards and 1-TD on 23 carries. Satterfield rushed for 70-yards on 15 attempts.
The Lumberjacks will host South Harrison Friday night at Tom West Field with kick-off scheduled for 7 p.m.