Tri-Valley Makes Statement in Win Over Sheridan

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A late fourth quarter comeback run could not save the Sheridan Generals (5-3, 5-1) from the Tri-Valley Scotties (6-1, 6,-0) on Friday night as they fell 38-14.

Right from the start, running back Cody Collins was a rude guest in Thornville. He led Tri-Valley early in the first half with two touchdowns and 57 yards on 12 carries.

The Generals tried to respond late in the second quarter after Lane Householder grabbed a Scottie fumble on the Tri-Valley 23 yard-line. After advancing into the red zone, quarterback Dylan Dupler was unable to capitalize and the Generals turned the ball over on downs.

“We knew they were undefeated coming in and so we had to make a statement,” quarterback Tyler McGee said. “We just had to come play our game, and everything was going to be fine in the end.”

The Scottie defense did well to contain Sheridan’s Deryk Grosse and Dupler, including forcing Sheridan to go 3-and-out on each of its third quarter possessions.

Dupler had little luck through the air either. He completed only four out of nine passes for 25 yards, including throwing an interception to Matt Waller in the red zone to squander a scoring opportunity.

However, Dupler’s performance did not fall completely on his shoulders.

“We didn’t do a very good job of protecting (Dupler) tonight,” head coach Paul Culver said. “We just can’t get open and I don’t care who your quarterback is, if your receivers can’t get open, it’s not going to make a difference in the end.”

The Generals finally found the end zone twice in the fourth quarter. Trevor Davisson took the ball in from 62 yards out to cap off a 76-yard drive. Two minutes later, Nathaniel Schrider followed suit after scooping up Tri-Valley’s second fumble, running it in for a 59-yard touchdown, and cutting the deficit nearly in half, 31-14.

But Bryce Farmer quickly quelled the comeback attempt with a 49-yard touchdown to secure the win.

“They took charge of the game, and did the things they had to do to win and hats off to them,” Culver said.