NAUGATUCK – The Tug Valley High School football team will be traveling to Moorefield for the second round of playoff action on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers are fresh off of a big 38-28 opening round win over the Man Hillbilles.
The Tug Valley-Man rivalry has drawn some attention over the past few years and this year the Panthers got the win that counts.
Man defeated the Panthers in regular season play during a close overtime game that ended with a final score of 14-12. The Panthers were out for revenge in the opening round of the playoffs and got just that.
This second round may be slightly more difficult for the Panthers to overcome.
Moorefield has a long standing tradition of being a Class A football powerhouse.
Moorefield finished the regular season with a record of 9-1 and defeated some notable Class 2A schools. The only loss of the season was to East Hardy, which finished the season ranked No. 2.
Moorefield defeated Meadow Bridge in the opening round of the playoffs last week, 42-20.
“Moorefield is a very solid football team,” Tug Valley coach Tony Clusky said.
The good news is that the Panthers will be heading into the game with zero injuries to report.
The long drive will take a toll on the Panthers, but Clusky reported that the team will begin travelling on Friday morning and stop in Charleston for a practice before spending the night in Moorefield on Friday night.
The Panthers will need to utilize their high flying offense against a stout Yellowjacket defense.
The Moorefield defense has been tough on opponents all season. The defensive line is big and the defensive ends are just as big. The offense is quick and the Panthers will have their hands full against Moorefield.
The game will be played at Moorefield on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on WXCC 96.5 FM, WVOW 101.9 FM, and WFGH 90.7 FM.
(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)