Valley puts clamps on East Allegheny
Valley was dominant on both sides of the ball Friday night as it rolled past East Allegheny, 47-12.
The Vikings (4-1, 4-1) had 402 total yards in the Allegheny Conference win, and held the Wildcats (2-3, 2-3) to 119 yards.
“Our defense has played great all year,” Valley coach Chad Walsh said. “We watched them on film and had a great week of practice. We knew we had to beat them on the line.”
The Vikings opened the game with a 68-yard scoring drive, capped by a 32-yard pass from Ty Matthews to Tyson Hill. The touchdown grab was one of five catches for Hill, totaling 108 yards.
East Allegheny put together its own impressive drive, going 54 yards in seven plays and tying the score at 6-6. Praise Gainer swept around right end for an 8-yard touchdown run.
It appeared Valley might have some trouble with the Wildcats' hurry-up, no-huddle offense. But that wasn't the case: The Vikings only allowed 2 yards the rest of the half.
Devin Houser ended a 10-play, 62-yard Valley drive when he swept right for a 4-yard touchdown run, making the score 13-6 after one quarter.
After forcing a Wildcats punt, Matthews capped an 83-yard drive by hitting D'Aundre Johnson for a 17-yard touchdown and a 20-6 lead.
Matthews completed 11 of 15 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns. Matthews also rushed for 50 yards on nine carries.
“This was probably Ty's best game of the year,” Walsh said. “He made all the right plays all night.”
Johnson caught his second touchdown, a 5-yard grab, early in the third quarter to put the Vikings up 27-6 after three quarters.
Valley's defense put the game away when Milo Davis picked up an East Allegheny fumble and returned it for a touchdown and a 40-6 lead.
The mercy rule was in effect for most of the fourth quarter.
Vikings running back Jordan King led the Vikings with 66 yards on 15 carries. The team's leading rusher, Demetrius Houser, didn't play for unspecified reasons.
Running back Taizjon Brown led the Wildcats with 62 yards on 17 carries.
R.A. Monti is a freelance writer.