NAUGATUCK – The Greyhounds of Valley of Fayette outran the Panthers of Tug Valley 30-14 Friday night at the TVHS field at Naugatuck.
The Panthers only trailed 16-8 at halftime and the final score was on indicative of the game Tug Valley played.
“I’m proud of our kids,” Tug Valley head coach Tony Clusky said. “They played hard – a break or two and a tackle or two and it could have been a different game.”
“We played hard against a very good team,” Clusky added.
Also take into consideration that Tug Valley lost one of their best players on the first play of the game. On the first play from scrimmage the Panthers pulled out the old hook and lateral play, however Aaron Copley was injured after a nice gain. He did not see any further action and his status for next week is unknown.
The Panthers had played their last two games without senior David Runyon who was injured early in the game with Tolsia. Runyon returned Friday to play on offense, but he did not play defense.
The two teams traded fumbles in the first quarter. Chad Hundley recovered the pigskin for the Panthers who took over on their own 40 yard line. Coach Clusky used a ball control offense and his squad ran 13 plays eating up a lot of the clock. Then the drive was capped on a 14 yard touchdown pass from Tyler Conley to Runyon. The two also hooked up for the 2-point conversion and the home team led 8-0 with 2:48 left in the first quarter. The TD was set up by a good run from fullback Phillip Lucas.
Tug Valley had a very good defensive stand early in the second quarter and forced Valley Fayette to punt, but the kick pinned the Panther back on their own 2-yard line.
The Panthers were forced to punt and the Greyhounds had a nice 4-play drive which led to a 1-yard score by quarterback Raeshawn Breckenridge at the 8:58 mark of the second quarter. He completed two passes, one to Darius Hutchinson and another to Dante Wilkerson to move the ball deep into the red zone. Brekenbridge completed the 2-point conversion pass to John Riddle to tie the game at 8-8.
Tug Valley has another good offensive drive on their next possession and completed a nice screen to Runyon. However, it was called back on an offensive pass interference call by a Panther wide receiver that was downfield and apparently began to block before the pass was caught by Runyon. That stalled the Tug Valley drive and they were forced to punt.
Then the Greyhounds had a 70-yard, 7-play drive to pay-dirt capped by a 17 yard keeper by Brekenridge with 2:10 left in the first half. The speedy, southpaw signal caller once again hooked up with Riddle for the 2-point conversion to take the lead 16-8.
With 6:15 left in the third quarter, Breckenridge connected with Druw Bowen for a 44 yard TD pass. The conversion failed, but Valley led 22-8.
With 2:07 left in the third quarter Wilkerson broke free for a 41-yard touchdown run.
Keyshawn Payne scored the 2-point conversion to give the Greyhounds their final score. The visitors led 30-8 heading into the final quarter.
Tug Valley got one final score with 9:48 left in the game as fullback Phillip Lucas scored from one out. The drive was set up on a nice pass from Conley to Jordan Kiser to the 14 yard line. The conversion run failed, but that was the final score as the third ranked Greyhounds left Mingo County with a nice 30-14 win.
Valley-Fayette had 295 yards of total offense, 201 on the ground and 94 via the air. They had eight penalties for 50 yards.
Tug Valley finished with 265 total yards on offense, 108 rushing and 157 passing. They committed six penalties for 50 yards.
Lucas had 14 carries for 46 yards and a TD, while Conley had 11 carries for 35 yards and Runyon six tries for 19 yards.
Runyon caught four passes for 73 yards and a TD; Kiser had the one catch for 41 yards and Baisden two receptions for 33 yards.
Conley was 7-of-19 passing for 157 yards, one TD and one interception.
Defensively Chad Hundley led Tug Valley with 10 tackles, one for a loss and he had one fumble recovery. Clay Warf had tackles, Lucas five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. Dwyane Marcum had five tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack, while
Jonathan Farley also had tackles.
Score by quarters:
Valley-Fayette (6-0) … 0 16 14 0 – 30
Tug Valley (2-5) … 8 0 0 6 – 14