Panthers hope to bounce back this week after loss to Tide

By Kyle Lovern - [email protected] - and John Conley - [email protected]

Tug Valley Panthers

SETH – The Sherman Tide scored in the last second of the game to defeat Tug Valley 25-20 in the season opener for both squads this past Friday night at the SHS Field in Boone County.

Neither team scored in the first quarter and they headed into the second frame knotted at 0-0.

Tug Valley took a 6-0 lead with 3:44 remaining in the first half as Dawson Elia scored on a 5-yard TD run. The conversion failed, but the Panthers took a 6-0 lead heading into the dressing room at halftime.

Tug Valley extended its lead at the 10:33 mark of the third quarter as Noah Lucas scampered in on an 11-yard touchdown run. Levi Davis squeezed in for the conversion to make it 14-0.

The home team, Sherman, finally got on the scoreboard at the 2:30 mark of the third quarter as Bailey Kirk got lose and raced 63 yards for a TD run. The extra point kick was good cutting the Panther’s lead to 14-7 heading into the final quarter.

Sherman scored with 11:49 left in the fourth quarter as Bailey Kirk connected with Tyler Pettry on a 56-yard pass. The extra point kick was blocked, so the Panthers held onto the lead at 14-13.

Tug Valley built on its lead with 8:59 left in the game when Elia got free for a 19-yard TD run. The conversion run failed, but the Panthers still held a 20-13 advantage heading into the final minutes of the game.

The Tide scored again with 8:44 left in the contest as Benjamin Salmon followed his blockers and raced downfield for an 80-yard kick return. The conversion kick was no good, so Tug Valley held on to a one point lead, 20-19.

The home fans left happy as Sherman marched downfield and scored as the final seconds ticked off the clock. Kirk dove in on a 1-yard run to give the Tide a 25-20 victory.

Tug Valley rushed 45 times for 260 yards. The Panthers only completed one pass for five yards. Their total offense was 265 yards for the game.

Sherman had 34 carries for 211 yards and they were 5-of-9 passing for 112 yards. Their total offense came out to 333 yards for the game. The Tide had eight penalties for 75 yards.

Dawson Elia led Tug Valley with 21 carries for 94 yards and a pair of TDs. Noah Lucas had 15 carries for 79 yards and a score. Chandler Pack had four carries for 49 yards, while Levi Davis had five carries for 38 yards.

Elia led the Tug Valley defense with seven tackles, two tackles for loss.

Kirk and Pettry led the Sherman offense, however no final stats were available for the Tide.

Sherman (1-0) travels to Calhoun County this Friday. Tug Valley (0-1) will make the long trip to Meadow Bridge this week.

Mingo Central 58,

Wyoming East 13

NEW RICHMOND — The first play from scrimmage told the story in Mingo Central’s season-opening win at Wyoming East on Friday night.

Quarterback Jeremy Dillon found Drew Hatfield open for a long scoring pass as Class AA No. 5 Mingo Central went on to thump the Warriors, 58-13 in the season opener for both teams.

“They’re big and fast,” said East coach Donald Jewell. “They’re ranked for a reason.”

The Miners were effective through the air and on the ground as they controlled the contest from the start.

It looked like Central would score its second TD of the night on its second play from scrimmage when Dillon connected on a 58-yard toss to Tyler Grimmett. But it was waived off by a penalty, one of three Miners scores erased by flags.

The Warriors made a game of it for a while, driving 50 yards for a score in the first quarter using a short passing game the running of senior quarterback Hunter Hall.

Hall had an 11-yard run and a 13-yard pass to Zach Raye to move the sticks to the MC 26.

After Hall was sacked, he ran the ball to the Miners 16.

East picked up a first down at the 5 on Hall’s pass to Jake Cannady.

Two plays later, Hall ran it in from two yards to give East its only lead of the night. James Snuffer kicked the extra point to make it 7-6.

Central put together a five-play, 65-yard drive in the second period, capped by Dillon’s 44-yard touchdown run. Corey Miller’s extra point kick gave MC a 13-7 lead.

On the Miners next possession, it was second and long when Lee Chafin broke to the outside and went 74 yards for six.

“I thought we did a pretty good job on the run up the middle, but when they went to the ends, they were too fast,” Jewell remarked.

East botched a punt attempt a short time later, snapping the ball over the kicker’s head, to give Central the ball on the Warriors six. Senior fullback Joe Hunt powered his way in from the two to push the lead to 27-7 with 5:41 showing.

The Warriors blitzed when Central was stuck deep in its own territory and forced a fumble recovered by Raye.

That gave East the ball at the three, and Hall carried it in from there.

Central started the next drive 82 yards from the goal line with 62 ticks left.

Turns out they didn’t need any more time than that.

The Miners picked up a crucial first down on fourth and eight.

Later, Hatfield stayed in bounds for a touchdown catch on the sideline as time expired.

David Buchanan had the two-point conversion as MCHS took a 35-13 lead into the dressing room.

East’s Hall suffered what was probably a season-ending arm injury on the play, Jewell reported.

“I liked the effort,” Hall said. “We came out in the third quarter and drove about a quarter of the length of the field with a freshman quarterback.”

The Warriors eventually had to punt, and another bad snap went over the punter’s head. Snuffer threw the ball to the end zone for a safety. It was 37-13.

Central got the ball on the East 41 on the free kick.

Dillon ran left 10 yards for a TD as the lead ballooned to 45-13.

The Miners recovered a Warrior fumble at the East 6-yard line to set up the next score.

Dillon threw a short pass to Hatfield with 3:06 left on the clock.

With Central leading by 39 heading into the final quarter, the SSAC’s new mercy rule went into effect. If a team leads by 35 or more when the fourth period begins, the clock runs continuously unless there is a score, an injury or a time out.

East’s top running back, Uriah Adkins, suffered a concussion in the second half.

On offense, Hatfield had three receptions for 132 yards and three TDs. He also had 80 yard kickoff return and a 45-yard TD catch called back because of pentalties.

Dillon was 6-of-12 passing for 180 yards and four TD passes. He also rushed for 67 yards and a pair of TDs.

Joey Hunt had nine rushes for 47 tards and a TD. Freshman Dougie Dillon had two rushes for 71 yards and one TD, while Dalton Sheppard had two catches for yards and a score.

Central will host Tolsia this week in a rematch of a last year’s Class AA state semifinal. The Rebels defeated the Miners in the regular season and in the playoffs last season. Tolsia has dropped down to Single A this year after the reclassification. They defeated county rival Wayne last week.

East travels to Westside for the annual Battle for the Coal Shovel.

Tolsia 26,

Wayne 8

GLENHAYES — The Tolsia Rebels defeated county rival Wayne 26-8 in their season opener this past Friday night at Wilts Salmons Athletic Facility.

Brian Campbell scored all four Rebel touchdowns, including three in the fourth quarter, as Tolsia opened up with a big win.

The score was close and a defensive slugfest through the first three quarters. The Rebels led just 6-2 heading into the fourth quarter, after Campbell scored on an 11-yard touchdown on the fourth play from scrimmage.

Wayne scored when a punt snap rolled through the end zone for a safety in the second quarter.

The Pioneers managed just 65 yards of offense in the first half, including a mere 24 yards on 18 rushing attempts.

Tolsia, which has beaten Wayne in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1996 and 1997, plays at Mingo Central this Friday. The Rebels defeated the Miners in the regular season and in the Class AA playoffs last season. Tolsia is now in Class A.

Wayne travels to Sissonville this Friday for a Cardinal Conference game.

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By Kyle Lovern

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and John Conley

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