RIPLEY - Before the season started, Spring Valley felt it had a pretty good football team.
Yet, three games into the 2013 campaign the Timberwolves stood at 1-2. It should be noted that the two defeats had come at the hands of Huntington and South Charleston, who are considered by most to be excellent squads.
One thing is for certain: Spring Valley looked to be a pretty good football team on Friday night at Ripley’s Memorial Stadium.
The Timberwolves jumped on top of the homestanding Vikings, 28-0, after one period of play and never looked back in cruising to a 75-14 win.
It was yet another frustrating evening for the Vikings, who dropped to 0-4. Ripley has lost two games this season that they were in a position to win. The other two losses were games in which the Vikings simply were never in it from the outset. Friday was one of those games.
“It was real rough,” said first-year head coach David Tennant, who watched his team lose four fumbles and throw a couple of interceptions.
Tyler Brown threw a 20-yard pass to Tyler Robertson in the opening quarter to give SV a lead it wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way. Colby Webb then scored back-to-back TDs from eight and 21 yards out. Brown would later add an 8-yard TD run for the Timberwolves before the first 12 minutes of play had expired.
A glimmer of hope for the Vikings came early on in the second quarter when junior quarterback Trevor Tucker and senior wide receiver Kade Harrison hooked up on a 52-yard TD pass. Easton Berry added the extra point to make the count 28-7 at the 11:48 mark.
Any thoughts from Ripley edging its way back into the game were dashed as the Timberwolves went on to score 28 more points before halftime.
Ripley’s only other score came at the 3:10 mark of the third quarter when Tucker scored from 10 yards out. Berry nailed his second extra point of the game to make it a 56-14 score.
Spring Valley closed out the scoring with 19 additional points in the final period.
The Timberwolves racked up 688 yards of total offense, with 583 coming on the ground. Cameron Lucas led the way with 118 and had a TD, Brown had 99 and scored twice while Brent Runyon finished with 94 and produced a TD. Webb had 58 yards and two scores. Jakob Frye rushed for 57 yards and scored two times. Skylar Ratliff had 51 yards and a TD. Dylan Lagman scored once and rushed for 42. Brown was 5-of-6 for 105 yards in the passing department.
Tucker threw for 91 yards in the game, completing 7-of-21 passes while suffering the two interceptions in the contest.
Page 2 of 2 - Harrison and Cody Harris were his top receivers with three catches each. Harrison’s grabs totaled 69 yards while Harris chalked up 21 yards. The only other catch was made by Gabe Hamrick for one yard.
Tucker also led the Vikings in rushing with 86 yards on 12 carries.
Besides the Viking QB, Chance Ranson amassed 54 yards on six carries (he also had one pass attempt that fell incomplete). Hamrick had eight carries for 22 yards, Jarvis five for 19 and Caleb Jennings one for 11.
“You watch the film and our offensive line played really well,” said Tennant. “We fumbled the ball and we had dropped passes. We just need to make plays and finish plays.”
Harrison had six kick returns for 79 yards. Ryan Stutler had one for 17, Ranson one for 13 and Nathan Tucker one for six yards.
Ripley had 283 yards of total offense in the game.
Ripley’s defensive was led by Nathan Tucker, who collected 11 tackles on the night. Harrison followed with nine while Jarvis came up with seven stops.
Bradley Knotts was credited with five tackles, Harris had four while Stutler, Drew Harpold, Zach DeFrank, Jordan Ramsey, Logan Buckalew and Freddy Roush each had three. Ranson, Brandon Tolley, Dakota Sayre and Luke Hall each came up with two. Hambrick and Nolan Holley recorded one stop.
Caleb Jennings averaged 25.3 on six punts with his long of the night going 44.
NOTEBOOK – Spring Valley now leads the series with Ripley, 4-1…Prior to the game former Ripley High assistant coach Mike Reed was inducted into the Viking Football Hall of Fame. Reed was a fixture in Viking football from 1978-2002. He started out as the freshmen coach and recorded back-to-back unbeaten seasons to earn the State Junior High Coach of the Year Award. He was later the architect of some fine Ripley defenses, including some playoff teams…Tennant is hoping to get senior standout Preston Martin back in the next few weeks. Martin has been missing due to a knee injury he sustained in a state championship wrestling match last February.