Tri-Valley football first-year coach Cam West saw his Scotties bounce back from last week’s Sheridan loss in a big way on Friday night, Oct. 2, using a big second half to defeat John Glenn 41-13.
The victory gave the Scotties some needed momentum after their stinging Sheridan loss, and catapults them into the postseason with a 5-1 record as they await a visit to Jack Anderson Stadium from Columbus Centennial on Friday, Oct. 9 in their OHSAA state playoff opener.
The John Glenn game was played at Jack Anderson Stadium but designated a ‘home’ game for the Muskies, who are without a home field this season due to the renovation of Muskingum College’s McConagha Stadium in New Concord. The maroon-and-white defeated the Dawgs last season in Dresden on a last-minute field goal.
This year’s edition of the annual TV vs JG contest was a nip and tuck affair for the first two quarters, as a pair of Scottie first-half scores were answered by end-zone visits from the Muskies as well, with a missed Muskie PAT the only difference, as the Scotties hit the halftime break up 14-13.
Aidan Fritter’s first-quarter four-yard scoring pass to Luke Lyall, and another short touchdown toss to Luke Hill in the second quarter, accounted for the Scotties first-half points, capped by Coleson McCullough’s pair of point after touchdown kicks. John Glenn got an early second-quarter score on a Noah Wellmeir seven-yard end zone visit, then a Wellmeir to Colt Emerson pass and catch for their first half points.
The second half was all Tri-Valley, as the Scottie offense and defense dominated play the final two quarters. Fritter hooked up with Jalen Goins-Chandler on an entertaining 56-yard touchdown pass, catch and run play, then Jordan Pantaleo’s 29-yard run to paydirt saw the black and gold take a 27-13 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Scotties slammed the door shut on the Muskies in the fourth period, getting two more rushing touchdowns from the speedy Pantaleo (37 and nine yards), as a pair of McCullough PATs accounted for the final 41-13 score.
The Scottie offense racked up 531 total yards on the Muskies (303 on the ground and 228 through the air) and were led by QB Aidan Fritter, who hit on 17 of his 24 attempted passes for 228 yards and three scores, while rushing for 97 yards on 20 carries. Jordan Pantaleo had a big night as well for the winners, rushing for 133 yards on 13 carries with three scores, while sturdy Blake Sands added 73 yards on 14 totes of the pigskin.
TV’s Alex Williams led Scottie receivers with six grabs for 65 yards, followed by Jalen Goins-Chandler’s three catches for 105 yards and a score, and a pair of receptions each from Dalton Hazen and Luke Hill. Blake Sands led the Tri-Valley defense as their top tackler, followed by fellow defenders Seth Schneider, Luke Lyall, Hansel Holmes, Caden King, Drew Burkhart, Zach Baker, Jalen Goins-Chandler, CJ Kinneer, and Aaron Frueh.
Friday night’s playoff opener vs. Columbus Centennial will be played in Dresden, at TVHS’s Jack Anderson Stadium. The Centennial Stars sport a small 30-man roster, and just a 0-3 record, due to the late start to the 2020 season that Columbus City Schools got due to the COVID-19 virus. But don’t let those numbers fool you, says Scottie head coach Cam West. “They’re big, and athletic, and have some good running backs; they like to run the ball,” says Coach West. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.