NAUGATUCK – The Tug Valley Panthers will be traveling to Moorefield for the second round of playoff action on Saturday.
The Panthers are fresh off of a big opening round win against the Man Hillbilles with a final score of 38-28. The Panthers and Hillbillie rivalry has drawn some attention over the past few years and this year the Panthers got the win that counts. Man defeated the Panthers in regular season play during a close overtime game that ended with a final score of 14-12. The Panthers were out for revenge in the opening round of the playoffs and got just that.
This second round may be slightly more difficult for the Panthers to overcome. Moorefield has a long standing tradition of being a Class A football powerhouse. Moorefield finished the regular season with a record of 9-1 and defeated some notable Class 2A schools. The only loss of the season was to East hardy who finished the season ranked No.2. Moorefield defeated Meadow Bridge in the opening round of the playoffs with a final score of 42-20.
Head Coach Tony Clusky said, “Moorefield is a very solid football team.” The good news is that the Panthers will be heading into the game with zero injuries to report. The long drive will take a toll on the Panthers, but Clusky reported that the team will begin travelling on Friday morning and stop in Charleston for a practice before spending the night in Moorefield on Friday night.
The Panthers will need to utilize their high flying offense against a stout Yellowjacket defense. The Morrefield defense has been tough on opponents all season, the defensive line is big and the defensive ends are just as big. The offense is quick and the panthers will have their hands full against Moorefield.
The game will be played at Moorefield on Saturday Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on 96.5 FM WXCC, 101.9 FM WVOX, and 90.7FM WFGH.
(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)