Updated Fri, Oct 25, 2013 11:54 pm
The Tri-Valley Scotties are in playoff mode.
The visiting Scotties overcame a sloppy first half and dominated the fourth quarter in a spoiling of the Maysville Panthers’ Senior Night by a score of 42-27.
For the second straight game, the Scotties took the opening kickoff and drove right down the field for the first score of the game. Quarterback, Brock Fargus continued his stellar running game, capping off the opening drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to put his team up, 7-0.
Maysville got on the board after Fargus fumbled in his own red zone, allowing Maysville to have a very short field. The Panthers capitalized when senior running back C.J. Harris outran the Scottie defense to the pylon from the five yard line, tying the game, 7-7.
The cold weather conditions created some problems for the skill position players for both teams, as catchable balls and open receivers were missed throughout the first quarter. The first quarter ended at a 7-7 stalemate.
The Panthers figured things out in the middle quarters and appeared to have the Scotties’ 24-game league winning streak on the ropes.
The Maysville defense recorded three takeaways in the first half, which was crucial to keeping the lead. Tanner Stottsberry recovered a muffed punt fumble and then capitalized on his recovery by catching a 27-yard touchdown pass on a halfback pass from Harris, putting the Panthers ahead, 14-7.
After Panther defensive back Cameron Hartman intercepted a Fargus pass, Harris continued his stellar game with a 1-yard touchdown run that put his Panthers up, 21-7.
Tri-Valley’s quick-strike offense kept them in the game before the half with a 6-yard touchdown run by Daniel “Bubby” Scott, set up by a 64-yard pass that got the Scotties into the red zone.
The turning point in the game came when former Maysville Panther Logan Bash returned a kickoff for a touchdown for Tri-Valley. This came immediately after Maysville’s Chase Roberts had put the Panthers up, 27-14. The Bash return brought the score to 27-21. Bash led the comeback against his former team, scoring two consecutive touchdowns to put his new squad ahead.
The Scotties continued their fourth quarter dominance this week, outscoring the Panthers, 21-0, in the final stanza.
The Scotties started the final quarter with a touchdown run by Bash. The Scotties then turned to Scott, who added to the lead with his second rushing touchdown of the night. The scoring concluded when senior Slade Luburgh returned an interception for a touchdown.
Tri-Valley (7-2) will play for its 26th straight league win and an outright MVL title next week when they host Philo (8-1).
Maysville (6-3) will look to rebound and earn a playoff spot in the final week of the regular season when they travel to Claymont (6-3) to play a tough Mustang squad.