Spring Valley beats Riverside
SPRING VALLEY -- The Spring Valley Timberwolves football team did what it was supposed to do Friday night, defeating Riverside, 35-3, at the Wolves Den.
But head coach Brad Dingess called out his squad after the game, calling the performance "lackluster" and likening the team's enthusiasm to a funeral.
"We went out and we executed and we made stops, but, to me, it was just kind of blah," Dingess said after the game.
Spring Valley (5-2) burst out of the gate with touchdowns on its first two possessions, the first a 14-yard run from fullback Colby Webb, the second a 14-yard designed run by quarterback Tyler Brown.
But the Timberwolves fizzled in the second quarter. In a game against a Riverside team (1-6) that Spring Valley expected to handle, the Wolves tried to experiment with the down-field passing game, as the team has had a history of being one-dimensional.
"I think we threw it more times in the first half then we have all year," Dingess said. "We had receivers running open, we just couldn't connect. Some were bad balls, some the receivers were running the wrong routes."
As Brown did start to string some completions together, Webb fumbled what would have been a 29-yard touchdown pass at the goal line, with Riverside recovering in the end zone for a touchback.
On its next series, the Timberwolves went three and out.
The Warriors only generated a field goal and a field goal attempt off the two stops. The Timberwolves worked the two-minute drill, and were moving the ball, but had to settle for a field goal attempt at the end of the half that went wide right. Spring Valley went into the intermission with a somewhat meager 14-3 lead after dominating the first half statistically.
"We just didn't come out with any fire to play tonight," Dingess said. "I think our defense did a good job to hold them out of the end zone, and it wasn't that we weren't moving the football, because we did. It just seemed to me we were going through the motions a lot."
The Wolves went back to the power run game in the second half, opening the third quarter with a near five-minute drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown run from Dylan Lageman. That was the only score of the third frame.
Early in the fourth quarter, Spring Valley tailback Bryer Brewer took a toss from Brown, then threw a 9-yard strike to Trevor Maynard for a touchdown.
The Timberwolves capped the scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run from Chase Lucas.
Riverside was held to one first down in the second half.
Spring Valley travels next week to Nitro, then closes out the regular season with back to back games at home hosting Cabell Midland and Hurricane respectively.
"We've put ourselves in a good position, but we can't look too far down the road. We have to face a Nitro team that can throw the ball around a lot and that's kind of our weak spot in the secondary," Dingess said.
"We just have to work to be better next week."
RIVERSIDE 0 3 0 0 -- 3
SPRING VALLEY 14 0 7 7 -- 35
SV -- Webb 14 run (O'Neal kick)
SV -- Brown 14 run (O'Neal kick)
R -- Chestnut 27 field goal
SV -- Lageman 3 run (O'Neal kick)
SV -- Maynard 9 pass from Brewer (O'Neal kick)
SV -- Lucas 4 run (O'Neal kick)
First downs: 5 27
Yards: 158 501
Rushes-yards: 32-161 45-367
Passes 1-8-0 9-17-0
Passing yards: minus 3 134
Penalties-yards: 6-60 1-10
Fumbles-lost: 1-0 1-0
RUSHING -- RIV: Jackson 20-127, Sigman 3-1, Hudnall 1-0, Booker 2-1, Mullins 4-21, Wilkinson 1-4, Steakley 1-7. SV: Lageman 11-52, Lucas 5-32, Webb 10-127, Brewer 2-36, Page 4-33, Brown 5-60, Frye 4-20, Ratcliff 1-3, Hale 4-22.
PASSING -- RIV: Sigman 1-8, minus 3. SV: Brown 8-16, 125 yards. Brewer 1-1, 9 yards, TD.
RECEIVING -- RIV: Jackson 1-(minus) 3. SV: Brewer 4-38, Webb 2-60, Maynard 3-36, TD.
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