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Tri-Valley heads into full-swing conference play with a win over Morgan

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DRESDEN, Ohio (WOUB) — The battle of two 4-1 teams was the buzz in Dresden, Ohio tonight as the Morgan Raiders made the trip up to take on the Tri Valley Scotties on homecoming night. The Scotties defended their home turf well, however, torching the Raiders pass defense early and never looking back. They won this one 42-21. 

In a first half that saw a lot of scoring, there were also a lot of offensive miscues from both teams. It started not even four minutes into the game with a Drake Slaboden interception. This gave the Scotties great field position as they drove down the field with ease allowing quarterback Max Lyall to throw touchdown number one on the night to Ashton Sensibaugh, putting them up 7-0. 

On the ensuing possession, Morgan was answering to the touchdown scored against them strongly. However, it didn’t last long as Aden Weaver coughed the football up into the hands of the Scotties’ defense. 

The Raiders defense didn’t let this affect them in the slightest. They went out and got the football right back on a fumble recovery of their own. With that fumble, the total turnover count hit three in the first quarter alone.

The Raiders would go on to conduct a very well executed drive that was capped off by Carson Copeland driving his way up the middle for a one-yard touchdown. The extra point was blocked, and that was all the Scotties needed for a huge momentum swing. They wasted no time in scoring off a 32-yard passing touchdown from Lyall to Sensibaugh once again to put them up 14-6.

After forcing the first three and out of the game with just about seven minutes left in the half, the Tri Valley offense went right back to work. A methodical drive that lasted over five minutes saw Jayden Walker find the end zone for the first time. That put Lyall’s touchdown counter at three in the first half alone.

The Scotties would take their 21-6 lead into halftime and continue to execute well offensively in the second half. 

Tri Valley improves to 5-1 and will look to keep its momentum from this game going next week as they take on Riverview, while Morgan falls to 4-2 and will look to bounce back next week against the New Lexington Panthers.