South Charleston takes down Timberwolves
SPRING VALLEY — For a moment, it looked as though Spring Valley had South Charleston right where it wanted. Then the Black Eagles outscored the Timberwolves, 28-8, in the second half en route to a 43-30 football thumping that left Spring Valley gasping for breath Friday night.
The Timberwolves (1-2) had the ball for more than 18 minutes in the first half, compared to South
Charleston’s 5:43. The power run game was clicking, and Chase Lucas’ pick of Black Eagles’ quarterback Kentre Grier with two minutes remaining in the second quarter seemed to set the Wolves up nicely for the second half.
But the Black Eagles simply gutted Spring Valley in the second frame, running the hurry-up, spread offense to near perfection while grinding down the Timberwolves defense.
“I don’t know that we necessarily wore them down,” South Charleston head coach Donnie Mays said. “Running our system is about getting to the line quick to get mismatches in certain situations and taking advantage of that, which we were able to do in the second half.”
Spring Valley just couldn’t get South Charleston off the field in the second half, and if Mays wasn’t saying it, Timberwolves head coach Brad Dingess was. His team was tired.
“They just kept the ball away from us in the second half, ran the spread and wore us down,” Dingess said.
The situation wasn’t helped when Grier realized he could roll out any time he wanted and either throw the ball or take off down the field. Grier ran for two scores in the second half and threw for one in the first.
Three times the ball was snapped over his head, and the quarterback was able to scoop it up and either throw for a first down or run for positive yardage.
“So many times in the second half the defense had to make a play and we just didn’t do it,” Dingess said.
While Grier’s poise when things went wrong was admirable, Mays said the team has to work on ball security.
“There’s no one back there in the shotgun with him except that official, and he’s not going to help him out,” Mays said. “But that goes to what a smart and confident player Grier is.”
Mays said the throw/run option roll outs in the second half were Grier’s decisions.
“That’s on him,” he said. “We talk on the sidelines about what he sees and he makes the call out there if he’s going to take it out of the pocket.”
South Charleston (2-1) scored in less than two minutes on the opening possession of the second half, and broke Spring Valley’s back with a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run by Adrian Cunningham that created a two-touchdown lead at 36-22. With Spring Valley’s offense not built for the quick strike, South Charleston had the upper hand.
Lemione Richmond added the final dagger going into the end zone untouched with just more than three minutes to go.
Tyler Robertson had dominated on offense for Spring Valley in the first half, running for 72 yards and three touchdowns.
But the Black Eagles stacked the box with all 11 of their defensive players and practically dared the Timberwolves to pass in the second half.
“We were daring them to pass in the first half, too,” Mays said. “They just didn’t have to. They ran over us.”
Spring Valley scored with about 10 seconds left on the clock when Skylar Ratcliff, normally a guard, ran the ball in. Ratcliff also converted a two-point run to set the final score.
SOUTH CHARLESTON 7 8 14 14 — 43
SPRING VALLEY 14 8 0 8 — 30
SV — Robertson 11 run (O’Neal kick).
SC — Crozier 34 pass from Grier (Gordon kick).
SV — Robertson 3 run (O’Neal kick).
SC — Cunningham 6 run (Crozier pass from Grier).
SV — Robertson 1 run (Robertson run).
SC — Grier 3 run (Hampton pass from Grier).
SC — Grier 2 run (Pass failed).
SC — Cunningham 3 run (Gordon kick).
SC — Richmond 1 run (Gordon kick).
SV — Ratcliff 5 run (Ratcliff run).
First downs 18 19
Total yards 385 307
Rushes-Yards 36-250 55-296
Comp-Att-Int 15-25-1 1-2-1
Passing Yards 145 11
Penalties-Yds 5-25 5-50
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 0-0
RUSHING — SC: Cunningham 18-99, Grier 12-102, Richmond 3-41, Hampton 1-11, Richardson 1-5. SV: Robertson 14-95; Lageman 18-128, Webb 9-40, Page 3-5, Brown 5-11, Frye 1-25, Ratcliff 1-5.
PASSING — SC: Grier 15-25-1, 145 yards. SV: Brown 1-2-1, 11 yards.
RECEIVING — SC: Forrest 6-34, Crozier 4-45, Hampton 3-34, Cunningham 1-4, Moore 1-5. SV: Napier 1-11.