NAUGATUCK — The Tug Valley High School football team will take their three-game winning streak on the road on Friday night to face a rebuilding Sheldon Clark (Ky.) team.
The Panthers, ranked No. 6 in the Class A, have been dominant in the first three games of the season. They pulled off an impressive second half rally against Van after the Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-point lead in the first quarter. The Panthers came back to score 34 unanswered points.
The Sheldon Clark Cardinals have been more of a wild-card matchup this early in the season. The Cardinals lost big to Paintsville and Pikeville but then turned around and beat Betsy Layne by 55 points. Under the direction of first-year head coach Adam Turner, the Cardinals are an all-or-nothing team.
Tug Valley has won the first three games behind the help of a three-headed monster which is made up of quarterback Tyler Conley, wide-out Jeremy Dillon and running back Corbin Oliver.
Through three games the trio has accounted for 17 of the Panthers 19 touchdowns. Oliver has rushed for three touchdowns, Dillon has rushed for two touchdowns, and Conley has ran for two touchdowns. Dillon has caught four of Conley’s six touchdown throws, Calvin Blankenship caught the other two and even one from Dillon.
On the defensive side of the ball Tug Valley is stacked as well.
Ike Starr leads the Panthers in tackles with 23 and Noah Lucas has 20 tackles. The Panthers have five players with close to 20 tackles over the last three games.
Sheldon Clark will have to move the ball up the field without the help of their star running back Brandon Butcher, who suffered an injury last week against Pikeville.
The game will be played at the Cardinals home turf.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)