NAUGATUCK – Friday night the Tug Valley Panthers will take their three game winning streak on the road to face a rebuilding Sheldon Clark team.
The Panthers have been dominant in the first three games of the season. They pulled off an impressive second half rally against Van after the Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-point lead in the first quarter. The Panthers came back to score 34 unanswered points.
The Sheldon Clark Cardinals have been more of a wild-card match-up this early in the season. The Cardinals lost big to Paintsville and Pikeville but then turned around and beat Betsy Layne by 55 points. Under the direction of first year head coach Adam Turner, the Cardinals are an all-or-nothing team.
Tug Valley has won the first three games behind the help of a three headed monster which is made up of quarterback Tyler Conley, wide-out Jeremy Dillon and running back Corbin Oliver. Through three games the trio has accounted for 17 of the Panthers 19 touchdowns. Oliver has rushed for three touchdowns, Dillon has rushed for two touchdowns, and Conley has rushed for two touchdowns. Dillon has caught four of Conley’s six touchdown throws, Calvin Blankenship caught the other two and even one from Dillon.
The Tug Valley Panthers have no shortage of offensive weapons. On the defensive side of the ball they are stacked as well. Ike Starr leads the Panthers in tackles with 23, Noah Lucas has 20 tackles. The Panthers have five players with close to 20 tackles over the last three games.
The Panthers are currently sitting in eighth place in the WVSSAC football polls heading into week four of the schedule.
Sheldon Clark will have to move the ball up the field without the help of their star running back Brandon Butcher, who suffered an injury last week against Pikeville.
The game will be played at the Cardinals home turf. Kickoff is set for 7:30 this coming Friday.
(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)