NAUGATUCK – Sophomore Jeremy Dillon accounted for four first quarter touchdowns to help Tug Valley (2-0) build an early lead and they went on to defeat visiting Meadow Bridge 64-28 on Friday night.
On the first play of the game Dillon threw a 73-yard halfback pass to senior Calvin Blankenship for the first score. Tyler Conley hit Corbin Oliver for the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Then the 6-foot-4 Dillon caught a 5-yard TD pass from the senior quarterback Conley. The conversion failed 14-0.
For good measure Dillon scooped up a fumble and raced 35 yards for another TD. The run failed and it was 20-0 with 6:49 left in the quarter.
Conley hit Dillon again for another passing TD of 24 yards. The conversion failed, but Tug Valley held a 26-0 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
In the 2nd quarter Oliver sliced his way into the end zone for an 11-yard TD run with 9:44 left in the half. Dawson Elia scored the 2-point conversion as TVHS led 34-0 at the half.
Big senior fullback Phillip Lucas bulled in from four yards out with 7:29 left in the third quarter. The conversion run failed and the Panthers led 40-0.
Tug Valley started subbing heavily at that point as the Wildcats got their first score with 7:11 left in the 3rd quarter when Shane Harless hit paydirt on a 52 yard run. The run failed and the score was 40-6.
Elia scored on a 3-yard run for TVHS and Dylan Dotson ran in for the 2-point conversion to add to the Panther’s big lead.
Meadow Bridge scored at the 1:33 mark of the 3rd quarter as Lawson Patterson got in on a 3-yard run and Harless added the conversion to make it 48-14.
Tug Valley got another TD with 9:26 left in the game as Dotson scampered in on a 17-yard run. Elia scored the conversion to make it 56-14.
Elia raced to the end zone for a 40-yard TD run and Justin Farley scored the 2-point conversion for Tug Valley’s final points of the game.
The visitors scored two late TDs to have something to build on, but the contest was dominated by the Panthers.
Tug Valley rolled up 527 total yards of offense. In the rushing department they had 35 carries for 383 yards for an average of 10.9 yards per carry. In the passing category they were 6-of-10 for 144 yards for 24 yards per completion with one interception. The Panthers only had three penalties for 25 yards.
Individual rushing stats for Coach Tony Clusky’s team saw Oliver with nine carries for 109 yards and one TD, Phillip Lucas with eight carries for 88 yards and a TD, Elia two totes for 43 yards and a pair of TDs, Noah Lucas seven tries for 39 yards, Conley one carry for 32 yards and Dotson four attempts for 28 yards.
In the receiving department Calvin Blankenship had two receptions for 81 yards and one TD, Dillon two catches for 29 yards and two TDs, Phillip Lucas one reception for 25 yards and Jonathan Blankenship one reception for nine yards.
As for passing, Conley completed 5-of-9 for 71 yards, two TDs and one INT and Dillon was 1-of-1 for 73 yards and a TD.
On defense Ike Starr led TVHS with seven tackles, two tackles for loss and one forced fumble, Noah Lucas had six tackles, Elia five tackles and a fumble recovery, Conley five tackles, John Hall five stops, Oliver five tackles, Dillon four tackles, one fumble recovery and one defensive TD. Phillip Lucas had four stops and one QB sack. Several other players had tackles for Tug’s tough defense.
Tug Valley hits the road for the first time this week as they travel to Boone County to take on the 2-0 Van Bulldogs.
Score by quarters:
Meadow Br. (0-2) – 0 0 14 14 – 28
Tug Valley (2-0) – 26 8 14 16 – 64