NAUGATUCK – The Tug Valley Panthers are coming off of a tough loss at the hands of the Tolsia Rebels. Tug Valley had a lot of momentum heading into the game but couldn’t pull off a win on the road.
This week the Panthers will host Buffalo. The Bison are undefeated through four games and could bring some adversity to Tug Valley. Buffalo has a decent offense, they have a big offensive tackle who can really throw his weight around, and they have a shifty running back and a quick receiving core. Their quarterback has a good arm but is unpredictable.
The Panthers, of course, have a solid offensive balance; they pass as well as they run. Tyler Conley has been the glue holding the wild spinning offense together. Tug Valley relies on long passes and goal line running. Conley has thrown for eight touchdowns and 573-yards so far this season. Rushing touchdowns are evenly split between Corbin Oliver, Phillip Lucas and Jeremy Dillon, with Oliver leading the pack with 357-yards rushing. Calvin Blankenship owns the receiving statistics for the Panthers with 393-yards receiving and four reception touchdowns.
Although the Panthers have proved they can score they have made their way to mid-season with defensive pressure. They have seven players with over 20 cumulative tackles and have a multitude of players with sacks and forced fumbles. Ike Starr provides the greatest backfield pressure with nine total tackles for a loss of yardage. Dillon and Blankenship both have defensive touchdowns.
The Panthers are fundamentally sound on both sides of the ball and remain involved throughout the whole game.
Statistically these two teams match up very well. Buffalo has a record of 4-0, winning two games on the road and two games at home. The Bison have scored 174 points so far this season and only allowed 60 points against them. They rank 41st in the state.
Tug Valley has a record of 4-1, after losing only one game to Class 2A Tolsia. The Panthers have scored 189 points during the season and only allowed 87 points against them. The Panthers rank 30th in the state and 6th amongst Class A schools. If the weather stays the same the Panthers will get to test out their new field in muddy conditions.
(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)