Second year Tri-Valley gridiron coach Kevin Fell and his Scottie football team have put last Friday’s disappointing 27-17 loss to Philo behind them, and are looking to get back on the winning track this Friday night, October 4, with a road trip to Perry County to face the New Lexington Panthers, at venerable Jim Rockwell Stadium.
The Scotties will be looking to stop a New Lexington offense that was on fire last week, in a game that produced some staggering numbers in the Panther’s unbelievable 82-60 win over non-league opponent Coshocton. (The Redskins – along with River View and Meadowbrook, will be joining the Muskingum Valley League next season). In the NL vs CHS contest, the two offenses combined for an eye-popping 1,300 total yards and even more incredible 18 touchdowns!
In the Philo defeat, the Scotties spotted the visiting Electrics a pair of early scores, and never recovered, handing Philo it’s first victory over Tri-Valley since the 2004 season.
(TVHS football faithful with long memories may recall the 2004 season – when then first-year coach Justin Buttermore’s Scotties started the season 3-0, but left Sam Hatfield Stadium in Duncan Falls saddled with their first loss after a Week 4, 10-6 setback, in a game that was played on a Saturday night, after heavy rains flooded the PHS gridiron and made it unplayable.)
In last Friday night’s TV vs Philo encounter, the Electrics struck first – and quickly. On the Scottie’s first possession, PHS defensive end Colt Perkins stripped the football out of Scottie QB Aiden Fritter’s grasp, and rumbled down to the one-yard line, where Philo QB Hunter Adolph scored to give the visitors a quick 7-0 lead.
Philo added to their lead towards the end of the first period, on another short scoring run – this one a Casey Munyan one-yard dart for a 14-0 advantage over the stunned Scotties as an even more shocked Jack Anderson Stadium crowd looked on in disbelief.
The Scottie offense finally got untracked in the second quarter, driving down to Philo’s 13-yard line, before settling for a 35-yard Kaden Bay field goal.
Philo added to their 14-3 advantage on the ensuing drive, getting a 39-yard field goal from Colton Stotts for a 17-3 lead at 9:42 of the second stanza.
But that lead was short-lived, as junior speedster Blake Sands gathered in the ensuing PHS kick-off at his own 18-yard line and sprinted right up the middle of the field for an entertaining 82-yard kick-off return that – after a Kaden Bay PAT – saw the home team pull to within a touchdown at 17-10.
But that was as close as the Dawgs would get the rest of the contest, as Philo would get a confidence-boosting score with just one second left in the first half – a 31-yard Colton Stotts – taking a 20-10 lead and a boat-load of momentum with them into the halftime lockerroom.
Another short scoring run from Casey Munyan – this one at 3:27 of the third quarter – gave the visitors a 27-10 advantage.
Tri-Valley’s lone second-half score came at 6:10 of the fourth quarter, a one-yard Jordan Pantaleo end zone burst, with Kaden Bay’s perfect PAT closing out scoring in the contest. With the loss, the Scotties slip to 3-2 overall, and 2-1 in Muskingum Valley League play. Philo improved to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in conference action.
Philo outgained the Scotties in total yards – 324 to 188. Tri-Valley’s Blake Sands led Scottie rushers with 93 yards on 19 carries, while Jordan Pantaleo finished with 76 yards on 13 totes of the pigskin. Hunter Adolph led the winners with 117 yards on 20 carries, with Casey Munyan close behind with 84 yards on 18 carries. TV’s Morgan Williamson punted four times for a hefty 45-yard average.