WELCH – The Tug Valley Panthers climbed all over Mt. View defeating the home-standing Golden Knights 18 to 12 on Friday night in McDowell County.
Mount View struck first with only 11:40 left in the first quarter Chris Muncy connected with Marquis Bonds on a 50-yard TD pass. The conversion run failed, but the home team led 6-0.
It didn’t take Tug Valley long to answer. With 7:07 left in the second quarter sophomore quarterback Tyler Conley hit split end Aaron Copley on a 16-yard touchdown pass. The pass failed on the conversion attempt, but the Panthers had tied the score at 6-6.
Tug Valley took the lead with 11:12 left in the second quarter as Conley hooked up with Austin Baisden on another 16-yard TD pass play. The conversion pass failed, but the visiting team went up 12-6.
With 9:41 left in the first half, Mt. View’s LaQuell Martin got free and raced 76 yards for a touchdown. The conversion run failed, but the game was tied up at 12-12 heading into the dressing room at the half.
The third quarter was scoreless and the game remained knotted up at 12-12.
Then with 9:37 left in the game, Tug Valley’s Conley hit pay-dirt on a five yard TD run. The conversion failed, but the Panthers led 18-12. That score proved to be the winning margin.
Tug Valley rushed 60 times for 288 yards and they completed 9-13 passes for 89 yards for a total offensive production of 377 yards for the game. They committed six penalties for 42 yards.
Mount View had 173 yards of total offense. They had 12 penalties for 94 yards.
Sophomore fullback Phillip Lucas once again led Tug Valley with 152 yards on 24 carries. Senior halfback David Runyon –also had 24 carries for 120 yards. Conley had 10 totes for six yards and the one TD.
Runyon had three receptions for 30 yards, Austin Baisden two receptions for 23 yards and one TD, Lucas two catches for 18 yards and Copley two receptions for 18 and one TD.
Conley was 9-for-13 passing for 89 yards, two TDs and no interceptions.
Lucas led the defense with seven tackles, two for loss, while Conley had tackles, one for a loss, Chad Hundley had five stops, Runyon four tackles, three tackles for minus yardage, Thomas Baisden had four tackles, and Copley four tackles.
Tug Valley will hit the road again on Friday night traveling to Haysi, Virginia.
Score by quarters:
Tug Valley (2-1) … 6 6 0 6 – 18
Mount View (0-3) … 6 6 0 0 – 12