Tri-Valley’s Defense Shuts Down New Lexington

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Tri-Valley’s (4-1, 3-0) defense shut it down Friday night, stifling New Lexington’s (2-3, 2-2) offense en route to a 35-0 win.

The Scotties were at their best tonight, forcing three turnovers and five three-and-outs. The first turnover came in the form of a forced fumble, which led to a 66-yard Colin Slaboden fumble return to the house, putting Tri-Valley up 15-0 with 4:30 to play in the first.

Tri-Valley’s defense kept New Lexington in check all evening, containing the Panther offense to its own territory for the majority of the night. New Lexington running back Andrew Spicer was limited to just 64 total yards.

Tyler McGee finished with only 97 yards of total offense, but was pulled before the half to give backups Logan Nezbeth and Andrew Newsom repetitions.

Newsom was able to make good use of his limited time, leading the Scotties on a long touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. On the drive, Newsom had runs of 17 and eight yards and led the offense all the way to the one-yard line where Graham Schaumleffel punched it in.

New Lexington will look to get back on track against Coshocton while Tri-Valley will face West Muskingum.