Burrell dominates rival Valley
TribLIVE Sports Videos
One thing became evident to Valley on Friday night: A return to Class AA after two winless years in Class AAA doesn't guarantee victories – or even close games.
Burrell rolled over Valley, 41-6, in a Class AA Allegheny Conference clash between neighbors and longtime rivals in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Buccaneer Stadium.
Burrell (2-0, 1-0), ranked No. 8 in Class AA, grabbed a 34-0 lead by late in the third quarter and cruised to the finish line in its conference opener.
The contest marked the 33rd consecutive year the rivals have played. Valley leads the all-time series, 19-14, but Burrell has won four in a row against the Vikings for the first time.
Burrell senior running back Cole Bush (6-2, 220) bowled over and brushed off numerous Valley defenders, as he rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns and stood out at linebacker.
“Cole is a team player,” Burrell coach Kevin Horwatt said. “He knows it's not just Cole Bush, and it's not just the offensive line. It's everyone working in practice to make us better.”
A week after breaking a 22-game losing streak, Valley (1-1, 1-1) struggled against an experienced Burrell team that tied for third place in the conference last season.
“We tried to preach that we have to stop the run, but we weren't able to do that too well,” Valley coach Chad Walsh said.
“And execution. We were letting blitzes through on the quarterback. You can't make mistakes against a team like that.”
Burrell's 6-foot, 225-pound senior tight end Matt Hess, who converted from center during the offseason, made a highlight catch in the first quarter. Hess pulled in a pass after it was tipped by Valley defensive back Kevin Frame and raced for a 55-yard touchdown to give the Bucs a 13-0 lead.
“This is our biggest rivalry game all season, especially since we're in the same conference again,” Hess said. “They brought it the first couple of series (in the game), but we were able to put it to them eventually.”
Valley couldn't find its groove. Burrell limited the Vikings to 140 yards rushing and 48 yards passing.
Valley junior quarterback Ty Matthews broke the shutout with a 9-yard touchdown run with 3:20 left in the third quarter.
Paul Kogut is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-224-2696.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Burnett writing incredible final chapter
- Man wanted on rape, attempted homicide charges in Beaver County arrested in Fla.
- Crazy Mocha owner likes comfort, says shrewd decisions foster growth
- Alvarez’s walk-off single lifts Pirates over Padres
- Living Treasures animal park plans upset Liberty residents
- Pirates notebook: Four players selected for All-Star Game
- Woman charged with leaving young boys in hot car at Zelienople bar
- Torn thumb ligament puts Pirates’ Harrison on 15-day disabled list
- Fire destroys unoccupied Fayette home
- Plum school board berated for pulling back on new school
- Pair charged with prostitution-related offenses in South Greensburg