Updated Fri, Nov 11, 2011 11:58 pm
With a win tonight, Tri-Valley would reach the regional finals, a place in the playoffs that the Scotties have never seen. By defeating the New Albany Eagles by a count of 24-7 tonight, the Scotties have set a date next week to play in the regional finals, a game which will be school history.
Even though they got out to a rough start defensively, tonight’s game was completely dominated by Tri-Valley. New Albany drove down the field to start the game and quarterback Zach Tomi would find their big play wide receiver Kevin Collins in the end zone to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead.
But the Scotties were able to respond right back. After a 59-yard pass from Nathan Strock to Matt Amicone, Austin Jones ran in a 3-yard touchdown. New Albany got a heavy dosage of Jones tonight as Tri-Valley handed him the rock 27 times as Jones ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns. From there it was all Tri-Valley.
On Tri-Valley’s next possession, Austin Jones carried the ball in along with a few defenders for his second score of the night to put Tri-Valley up 14-7. The Scotties defense tightened up the rest of the game, only allowing 150 total yards of offense for the Eagles.
To start the second half, Tri-Valley marched down the field with a 21 play, 10 minute drive and added a field goal, putting the Scotties ahead 17-7. Then Tri-Valley recovered an onside kick and the momentum was all theirs. But a Nathan Strock fumble gave the Eagles a glimmer of hope.
New Albany’s offense couldn’t get anything going which led to a Nathan Strock interception. He then led them down the field and finished things for himself with a 5-yard rushing touchdown to put Tri-Valley ahead 24-7.
This was all of the scoring that the Scotties would need as they dominated the New Albany Eagles. They advance to the regional finals next week when they will play the number one seed, Marion Franklin.