Valley downs Yough to win 3rd in a row
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Valley junior running back Demetrius Houser turned heads with four long touchdown plays, while Yough attracted double-takes with costly and unusual mistakes in the kicking game.
Houser rushed for 190 yards, including touchdowns of 70, 54 and 44 yards, on 12 carries and returned a blocked punt 45 yards for another score as Valley continued its resurgence by blowing past Yough, 40-28, Friday night in a Class AA nonconference matchup.
Valley (4-2), which spent the previous two years in Class AAA and entered the season on a 22-game losing streak, notched its third victory in a row.
The Vikings are in the chase for a WPIAL playoff berth out of the Allegheny Conference.
Yough (2-4) fell behind, 20-0, in the first quarter and dropped its fourth consecutive game.
“This pushed us forward,” Houser said. “We're working to get a home playoff game. We just have to keep working and try to do this every day one day a time.”
Valley senior running back Jaden Walker, who switched between fullback and tailback with Houser, contributed 53 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, and senior Kevin Frame added a 30-yard score on a botched punt by Yough.
“We've been stressing, ‘Stay up and get one win at a time,' ” Valley coach Chad Walsh said. “We've really been working on running the football. That's been our calling card so far this season.”
Yough junior quarterback Tyler Donahue completed 10 of 30 for 105 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for an 18-yard score, but most of that came late in the game.
Valley held a comfortable 33-7 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Yough suffered from problems in the kicking game.
Near the end of the first quarter, Valley freshman D'Aundre Johnson partially blocked a punt. The ball traveled about five yards past the line of scrimmage before Houser grabbed it and broke loose for a touchdown.
Johnson also threw a block on the last defender who had a chance to catch Houser. That gave Valley a 20-0 lead.
Late in the second quarter with Valley leading, 27-7, Yough tried a 25-yard field goal.
The kick was blocked, and Houser started what looked like a promising return.
But the referee inadvertently whistled the play over soon after the block, nullifying the return.
Yough's troubles continued, however, when Donahue's punt hit a blocking back a few feet in front of him, popped up, was caught by Frame and returned for a touchdown with 41.8 seconds left before halftime. The Vikings took a 27-7 lead to the locker room.
Paul Kogut is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com 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.
- Ex-teammates say Kessel unfairly criticized
- Pirates notebook: Taillon headed for surgery, Richard traded
- New Penguin Kessel’s shot is what makes him special
- Jewish congregations dwindling, forced to mull viability of worship sites
- Early turnout strong for Pittsburgh’s Fourth of July festivities
- Russian winger Plotnikov could join Penguins in August
- Bethel trio of siblings celebrate 150 years of marriage
- Floating homes offer ‘affordable’ option in San Francisco area
- Pirates can’t overcome long rain delay, Indians in interleague setback
- America’s path to freedom reflected in region’s numerous historic sites
- Gorman: Barnstorming tour bigger than baseball