Panthers claw past Bulldogs


By William Plaster - [email protected]



VAN – The Tug Valley Panthers pulled off a second half win Friday night against the Van Bulldogs by a score of 34-21.

Tug Valley compiled 385-yards of total offense during the game; the Bulldogs had 314-yards of total offense but had 114-yards in penalties.

The Bulldogs dominated the first quarter by scoring 21 unanswered points against the Panthers. Van scored on a 15-yard run, a 16-yard pass and a 50-yard run to start the game. Once the Panthers finally woke up they went to work themselves.

Tyler Conley put the first points on the board for the Panthers with 1:54 left to go in the second quarter with a one yard rushing touchdown. The Panthers completed the two point conversion to make the score 21-8 in favor of the Bulldogs.

Next Conley completed a 47-yard pass to Jeremy Dillon just before halftime to make the score at the half 21-14.

With 5:05 left to go in the third quarter Dillon scored on a 20-yard run to bring the score close at 21-20 in favor of the Bulldogs.

The fourth quarter was all the Panthers as Conley and Dillon added two more scores to seal the win for the Panthers.

Tug Valley had 234-yards rushing on 46 attempts; they went 10 for 15 passing for 151-yards.Dillon led the way for the Panthers rushing with 82-yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. Conley had 25-yards rushing on 9 carries and two short yardage touchdowns. Dillon also led the receiving group for the Panthers with 3 receptions for 60-yards and one touchdown.

John Hall led the Panthers on defense with nine total tackles, Conley and Dillon added eight tackles apiece for the Panthers, and they both had two tackles for a loss of yardage. Johnathan Blankenship had five tackles and one forced fumble which he recovered.

The Panthers will travel to Inez next week to take on the Sheldon Clark Cardinals. The panthers are now 3-0 on the season.

By William Plaster

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(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

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