Published Fri, Oct 21, 2011 11:45 pm Dateline
A chilly night and packed stadium set the stage for this MVL matchup between unbeaten Tri-Valley, and unbeaten Sheridan. The first quarter started out as a defensive battle on both sides of the ball before Tri-Valley’s Devin Moran had a big punt return to give the Scotties a burst of momentum. It was only four plays later before Tri-Valley’s Nathan Strock would take it himself up the middle for the first touchdown for the game. Tri-Valley would get the ball back in the second, and it was Nathan Strock to score for the second time giving Tri-Valley a 14-0 lead. Tri-Valley wasn’t done yet, Nathan Strock would throw two touchdown passes one to Austin Stevens and then to Austin Jones to end the half with the score 28-7 Tri-Valley.
Sheridan hoping to gain momentum from the halftime break came out into the third quarter putting together a consistent drive. Sheridan drove down within the Tri-Valley 5-yard line, but it was the Tri-Valley defense stepping up and recovering the fumble with 5:45 left in the third. The Scotties would run this drive into the fourth quarter where it was Matt Amicone that kicked a 44-yard field goal giving Tri-Valley a 31-7 lead. Tri-Valley would score once more, but deep in the fourth Sheridan proved there was no way they would give up. Sheridan’s Drew Van Winkle would run for a 61-yard touchdown, but it wouldn’t be enough as Tri-Valley ran out the clock to win with a final of 38-14.
Overall Tri-Valley had 25 first downs with 340 rushing yards, and 209 passing yards. Sheridan had 11 first downs, 239 rushing yards, but only 10 passing yards. With this win today Tri-Valley has guaranteed at least a share of the MVL title. Next week Tri-Valley will take on Philo, while Sheridan faces a must win situation at New Lexington.