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Scotties Roll Maysville, Win Eighth Consecutive MVL Title

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The Tri-Valley Scotties have been ruling the Muskingum Valley Conference for the past several seasons and had a chance to continue their dominance on senior night against Maysville.

In what was his last game at Jack Anderson Stadium senior Quarterback Luke Fargus looked to leave his mark on that field one last time.

After already connecting with Carson Simpkins, another senior on the team, in the first quarter for his first passing touchdown Fargus looked to add on to his total in the second quarter. The Scotties faced a fourth and 23 on Maysville’s 29 yard line, and coach Kevin Fell elected to keep the offense out on the field. Fargus dropped back to throw and found his receiver Aiden Fritter at the five yard line who dragged two defenders into the end zone for the touchdown to go into halftime with a 21-0 lead.

The Scotties defense would preserve the shutout in the second half which helped Tri-Valley to a 28-0 victory over the Panthers.

Tri-Valley (9-1, 7-1) needed a win to keep the hopes of going back to the playoffs alive, as well as getting a share of the MVL title with the Sheridan Generals. Tri-Valley’s defense continued to dominate like it had all season as they picked up their fourth shutout of the season and held teams on average to just 8.6 points per game. Maysville (5-5, 4-4) could not get any offense going against the tough Scotties defense as they only accumulated 150 yards of total offense and couldn’t manage to get on the scoreboard.

With the rainy conditions, Tri-Valley kept the ball on the ground early in the first quarter.

On their second drive of the game Jordan Pantaleo was handed the ball five times for 42 yards and capped off the drive with a 27 yard touchdown run to give the Scotties a 7-0 lead.

After the defense picked up a stop the Scotties offense looked to put more points up on the board. The Scotties went on a six play 41 yard drive that ended with Luke Fargus finding Carson Simpkins wide open in the end zone to take a 14-0 lead.

Maysville tried to get back into the game after falling behind 21-0. On their first drive of the second half the Panthers were relying on Caden Mercer to try and give them a spark. Mercer had seven carries on this drive and took the offense inside Tri-Valley’s red zone. He finished the night with 79 yards on the ground. The drive would stall out though as on fourth down Kaden Hall’s pass would fall incomplete and the Scotties would keep the shutout intact.

Blake Sands would add a two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and the Scotties defense would continue its dominance and they would go on to win 28-0.

The Scotties would end the season as MVL champs for an eight-consecutive season. According to Joe Eitel the Scotties will finish as the seventh seed in region seven and they will have to travel to Barberton who finished the season undefeated at 10-0.

Make sure you tune into Gridiron Glory at 11:30 pm on Friday nights to get continued MVL coverage going into week 11.