By Kyle Lovern
November 10, 2013
CLAY, W. Va. – Tug Valley ended its football season on the losing side falling at Clay County 44-6 on Friday night.
Neither team scored in the first quarter as they headed into the second tied a 0-0.
Then the Panthers took the lead at 6-0 as sophomore fullback Phillip Lucas bulled his way in from 29 yards out. The conversion pass failed, but Tug Valley led with 7:26 left in the half.
The rest of the scoring was all Clay County. With 3:50 left in the second quarter Jordan Lucas hit pay-dirt from nine yards out. William Tyler Stewart hit Stephen Cole for the 2-point conversion and the home team took an 8-6 lead it would never relinquish.
Just a few second later, Clay County’s Lucas scored on a 20-yard run. The run failed, but CCHS led 14-6 with 3:32 remaining in the second quarter.
Clay County got one more score with just 0:11 seconds left in the half as Stewart connected with Richard Ahart on a 7- yard TD pass. Michael Gray’s conversion run made it 22-6 heading into the dressing room at the half.
Clay County scored 22 more points in the third quarter.
Chase Massey ran the opening kickoff of the second half 79 yards for a TD. Ahart scored the 2-point conversion to make it 30-6.
The home team scored again with 8:37 left in the third quarter as Lucas hit the end zone for another TD run from 43 yard out. The conversion failed, but CCHS was coasting at 36-6.
With 3:53 left in the third quarter Brandon White scored on a 19 yard TD run. Wyatt Dawson’s conversion run made it 44-6.
Tug Valley only managed 159 yards of total offense, 88 on the ground and 71 via the pass. The Panthers had six penalties for 45 yards.
Clay County rolled up 374 yards of total offense, 328 on the ground and 76 through the air.
They were penalized eight times for 70 yards.
Individually Lucas led the way with 69 yards on 11 carries for coach Tony Clusky’s Panther squad. Senior David Runyon had 9 carries for 21 yards in his last game as a Tug Valley football player.
Thomas Baisden had one reception for 39 yards, Lucas two receptions for 22 yards and Aaron Copley one for reception for 10 yards. Tyler Conley was 4-of-10 passing for 71 yards and two interceptions.
On defense Clay Warf led TVHS with 8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and he had a fumble recovery. Conley had 8 tackles, Dustin Mills and Chad Hundley each had 5 tackles, while Justin Baisden had 4 tackles with a fumble recovery.
The Panthers end the season 3-7 and now head into the basketball gym for hoops practice.
Score by quarters:
Tug Val. (3-7) …… 0 6 0 0 – 6
Clay Co. (4-6) … 0 22 22 0 – 44