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Valley falls to Calhoun County to drop to 0-2

By Ed Parsons - Editor | Sep 8, 2021


Valley traveled to Mt. Zion on Friday night, September 3, to battle the Calhoun County Red Devils for a chance to pick up their first win of the season after falling in week one to Tygarts Valley. Calhoun had other ideas however as they jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead and never looked back in getting the 28-6 win over the Lumberjacks.

After a scoreless first quarter the Red Devild dented the scoreboard on a Grant Stearns three yard run with 4:50 to play in the second frame. The two point conversion run by Stearns was good and the Red Devils led 8-0.

The Lumberjacks couldn’t move the ball and Calhoun tacked on another T.D on a Stearns one yard plunge to up the score to 14-0 with still 4:03 to play bfore the half. Neither team could move the ball the rest of the half and Calhoun went into the locker room fired up and confident.

The red Devils held the Lumberjacks to a three and out and forced a punt after the break. They then drove down field and with 8:35 left in the third period Ian Persinger rambled 15 yards down the sideline for six more. Persinger then tossed the two point conversion pass to Owen Taylor to give the home team a 22-0 lead.

Early in the fourth quarter Valley got things moving and put six on the board on a hard off tackle one yard run by Byann Wade. The conversion run failed and the lead was cut to 22-6 with 11:56 to play.

Both teams were forced to punt after failing to move the ball, but Calhoun later put together a nice drive that resulted in Stearn’s third score on the night as he ripped off 14 yards to paydirt giving the home team a 28-6 advantage with 7:07 left to play.

However that was the end of the scoring for the night as both defenses shut the each other down.

Valley ended with 100 yards pasing all by Gavin Derby as he went 12-22 through the air. They also picked up 62 yards on 24 carries rushing. The Lumberjacks finished with 12 first downs to 9 for Calhoun County, they also were penalized 4 times for 35 yards and lost their only fumble.

Patrick Higgenbotham caught 3 passes for 43 yards and Tristen Bates added 6 catches for 31 yards. Derby had 18 yards rushing on 8 carries and Lane Dotson picked up 20 yards on 9 totes.

The Lumberjacks will be on the road for the third consecutive week on Friday when they travel to Clay Battelle for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Cee Bees.