Tri-Valley Shuts Out Morgan

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After Friday’s victory, it has been five years.

The five years is not the last time Morgan beat Tri-Valley, it is the last time Morgan scored against Tri-Valley.

And Tri-Valley’s 48-0 victory over Morgan on Friday keeps the streak intact.

Morgan’s opening drive encapsulated the way the game would go for the Raiders.

Punting from deep in their territory, the snap went about six feet over the punter’s head and rolled into the end zone. The punter picked it up and ran to the 9-yard line before being tackled well before the first down marker.

Tri-Valley’s first play was a sweep to the left by running back Cody Collins, who was able to walk into the end zone.

Two other times the Scotties relied on Collins to finish a drive and score, one from 5 yards and the other from 6 yards out.

He would finish the game with nine carries, 44 yards and three touchdowns.

Midway through the second quarter, Tri-Valley running back Caleb Craig shed multiple would-be tacklers on his way to a 29-yard touchdown run. But the score would not have been possible without excellent downfield blocking by wide receiver Dow Cameron, who stayed locked in with the defensive back allowing Craig to cut behind him and dive for the pylon for the score.

The touchdown gave the Scotties a 21-0 lead.

The Raiders could not stop Tri-Valley’s offense in the first half. Missed tackles, out-of-position defenders and constant unfavorable field possession for Raiders defense would all contribute to the blowout.

And when you thought it could not get any worse, it did.

Following a Tri-Valley touchdown pass from Andrew Newsome to Chase Dinan with 29 seconds left in the second quarter, Morgan would take a touchback.

Already down 35 points, perhaps a kneel down to just end the quarter would suffice, instead Morgan handed the ball off and the running back fumbled. Tri-

Valley recovered on Morgan’s 12-yard line. Next play, Chase Kendrick would take the handoff and ran it in for the score to end the half, and essentially the game as well.

The Scotties dominated, as they have the last 11 years, in all aspects of the game as they push their record to 2-0 and the Morgan Raiders drop to 0-2.

Next week, Tri-Valley will play MVL opponent Crooksville and Morgan plays New Lexington.