Panthers travel to Montcalm


By William Plaster - [email protected]



NAUGATUCK – The Tug Valley Panthers will be traveling to Montcalm this Friday to face the Generals.

After the Panthers two game losing streak to Tolsia and Buffalo they have won two games in a row. The (2-6) Montcalm Generals have had their ups-and-downs over the years and have shrunk in numbers due to surrounding consolidating schools.

The (6-2) Panthers will have a long way to travel for this game. The Panthers offense has been putting up some major points here recently and is looking to do so again.

The Panther offense took a big blow to the gut before the game against Buffalo when they lost veteran lineman Dustin Mills to an off-field injury. They still have plenty of offensive power left and have used every bit of it this season. With Corbin Oliver and Philip Lucas powering the running game and Calvin Blankenship and Jeremy Dillon catching the passes the Panthers are primed for a big game.

Tyler Conley has been great this season from the quarterback position, he has passed for 780-yards on 44 completions and scored nine passing touchdowns. Dillon takes the snaps on occasion when Head Coach Tony Clusky wants to show some variety in the offense.

Dillon is only in his sophomore season and is the team’s leading scorer. Dillon has seven rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns. He returns punts and kickoffs, he makes tackles and interceptions.

The Panthers defense is just as impressive. With six players having over 30 tackles on the season and two of them with over 50 tackles the Panthers are not shy of hitting.

Over the season Clusky has molded his team using the strengths he sees on the field. Tug Valley finds a lot of those strengths on the offensive and defensive lines.

The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Montcalm.

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By William Plaster

[email protected]

(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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