Offenses carry day in Valley victory over Yough
Valley can be glad style points don't count as it makes the stretch run toward the playoffs.
In a wild, nonconference shootout, Valley outlasted Yough, 46-32, on Friday night at Valley Memorial Stadium.
“We didn't play our normal defensive game. We were in a daze there for a while. It was kind of sloppy,” Valley coach Chad Walsh said. “Offensively, where we were, I can't complain. We'll take it.”
From the outset, Class A No. 9 Valley (5-1) looked to be in control, easily scoring two early touchdowns — on just 10 plays — for a 13-0 lead.
Both scores came on a pair of 5-yard runs from senior quarterback Ty Matthews.
Matthews had just six rushes for 29 yards but added another score later in the game.
“(Matthews is) a player. That's why he's in there. That's why he's playing quarterback or us. He's smart, and every week he gets a little bit better,” Walsh said. “With the running backs that we have, he is a nice added weapon because teams kind of forget about him back there.”
Yough (2-4) wasted little time in responding, proving it was capable of big plays of its own.
Sophomore running back Eric Borkovich caught a pass out of the backfield from senior quarterback Tyler Donahue, taking it 41 yards for a score.
A missed extra point cut the lead to 13-6.
“Third game in a row that we started slow and get ourselves in a hole,” Yough coach Mark Crovak said. “Our offense can play with anybody. Defensively, we're around the ball, but we can't tackle anybody.”
Valley extended its lead to 19-6 with 15 seconds left in the first quarter with an 11-yard run from sophomore running back Jordan King.
One play was all Yough needed to close the gap again.
Junior running back Clayton Waldron took the first play after the ensuing kickoff 48 yards to the end zone as time expired, cutting the deficit to 19-12.
“Clay is a special athlete,” Crovak said. “He's playing both sides for us. Offensively, he really stepped up.”
Waldron scored two more times while amassing 150 yards on 18 carries. He also caught six passes for 57 yards.
Donahue completed 12-of-21 passes for 153 yards and two scores.
Both scores went to Borkovich, who had 84 yards on five catches.
Both teams traded scores in the second quarter for a 26-18 halftime lead for Valley.
“The (offensive) line was out blocking,” Walsh said. “The kids were hitting the holes.”
Valley rushed for 248 yards, with seven players carrying the ball.
Neither team was able to get much going in the second half. Both teams combined for 17 penalties in the half, including flags on five consecutive snaps.
In the second half, the Houser cousins, Demetrius and Devin, each found the end zone. Demetrius from 9 yards out, and Devin from the 1.
Yough scored two touchdowns — one a 21-yard strike from Donahue to Borkovich, to cap off a penalty-riddled drive, and a 2-yard run by Waldron with less than three minutes remaining in the game.
Dave Yohe is a freelance writer.