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Valley Lumberjacks Out-Last Calhoun Red Devils, 33-26

By Bruce Crawford - Staff Writer | Sep 9, 2020

The Lumberjacks #1 Gavin Streets stiff arms a Calhoun defender on his way to one of his 3-rushing TDs. (Photo by Bruce Crawford)

Valley Lumberjack ‘Jack of All Trades Gavin Streets started where he left off from the 2019 football season and scrambled for 213-yards on 14-carries, while scoring 3-TDs to lead the Lumberjacks to a 33-26 win over Calhoun to open the 2020 season at Tom West Stadium Saturday afternoon.

It didn’t go well in the opening period, as the Calhoun Red Devils quarterback Ian Persinger led the visitors to a seven play 54-yard drive with a third and long 40-yard completion to take a quick 6-0 lead with only three and half minutes off the clock.

The Lumberjacks Streets ran back the ensuing kick 20-yards to the 40 yard line. From this point, Streets gained 30-yards on seven carries. William Kuhn netted 3-yards on his only carry, while Triston Bates caught 2-passes and capped-off the 60-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Streets to give the home team a 7-6 lead after the Logan Bassett PAT kick to end the 7-minute drive.

However, the Red Devils Ian Persinger marched the visitors right down the field on a 9-play 80-yard drive that ended on a 5-yard TD touchdown run to take a 12-7 lead in the early stages of the second stanza.

The Lumberjacks lost Streets for half of the first period and all of the second period before returning in limited action in the second half, but that didn’t stop the hosts as back-up quarterback Tommy Shannon and 5’-11 senior Wyatt Dallison showed no ill effects of their top player on the side-line. Bates picked up a Valley fumble in the back field and gained 5-yards, and Dallison gained 32-yards rushing, including a 2-yard touchdown run to give the hosts a 13-12 lead at 5:40 left in the first half. During the drive Shannon lofted a pretty 25-yard pass to Bates on a third and long pass.

“What can I say,” said Valley Head Coach Logan Miller. “We went through some adversity in the middle of the game when we had guys playing positions where they weren’t used to playing. Our defense needs to get better at tackling, but they got stops when we needed them. Our offense executed nicely. We need to get in better shape for the up-coming weeks.”

It stayed 13-12 the rest of the half as a pair of Dallison QB sacks halted a pair of good looking Calhoun drives to keep the visitors off the scoreboard.

Valley fumbled the second half kick, and Calhoun made them pay scoring a few plays later to take a 20-13 lead after the ensuing 2-point conversion run.

Logan Bassett replaced Wyatt in the backfield and picked up a couple yards, and Streets returned to the line-up and garnished 12-yards for a first down. A few plays later, Valley fumbled, but the Red Devils returned the favor with a fumble of their own, with Pattrick Higgenbotham getting it back for the Lumberjacks.

Logan Bassett tacked on his longest run of the game with 8-yard scamper. Facing a third and 2-yards, Shannon pitched it out to Streets and ran for 52-yards and a score to pull to within a point at 20-19 with 5:04 remaining in the third period.

After anther shot kick-off, Persinger scrambled for a pair of first downs for Calhoun, but the Valley defense held and took over inside the red-zone.

The Lumberjacks were facing a fourth and long midway through the fourth period, and Streets went into the Wildcat and followed the blocking of Dallison and Logan Bassett for a 47-yard touchdown scamper to grab a 25-20 lead.

After yet another short kick-off, and a Tommy Shannan tackle for loss of yardage, Persinger would make the ‘Jacks pay and scored on a nifty run to grab a 26-25 lead with 3:12 remaining in regulation.

After another short kick, Streets went the distance for a 55-yard touchdown run, and added the 2-point conversion to give the hosts a 33-26 lead with 3:12 remaining in the game.

After the ensuing kick, the Devils gained a pair of first downs, that included a long 22-yard keeper with 2:02 showing. Calhoun kept it on the ground and picked up 3-yards, but a Logan Bassett QB sack took the Devils back 7-yards.

Facing a fourth and 13 and .35 ticks remaining, Persinger tossed a beauty, but Streets picked it off and rambled back 30-yards before being pulled down.

After their second delay of the game penalty, Streets took a knee to end a hard-fought contest.

Streets ended the night with 221-yards rushing on 14 carries and 3-touchdowns, while connecting on 2-5 passes for 48-yards and a touchdown. Tommy Shannon was 1-1 for 25-yards, with Bates catching all 3-passes for 73-yards and a score. Dallison rushed for 45-yards and a TD on 11-carries, while Logan Bassett gave the ‘Jacks 21-yards on 8-carries on his birthday. Bates rushed for 5-yards as did Isaiah Bassett and Billy Kuhn for all the positive yardage. VHS and Calhoun each had 4-penalties for -20-yards.

Defensively, Gunner Stillwagner led the Valley defense with 14 tackles, with 10 solo’s to pace the defense, while Dallison made 10 tackles with six solo’s and 2.5 sacks. Billy Kuhn recorded 8-tackles with half of them solo stops, while Mark Liggett put down 7-Devils and caused a fumble. Streets made 5-tackles and picked one off.

The ‘Jacks will travel to John Marshall Saturday to play the Cameron Dragons.