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Wolves wallop Redskins

Oct. 20, 2012 @ 12:25 AM

HURRICANE -- Spring Valley generated its offense in typical fashion with a punishing ground game.

On defense, the Timberwolves found a way to contain Hurricane's potent spread attack -- led by quarterback Austin Hensley and wide receiver Koi Turner -- and rolled to a 55-27 win Friday night at Redskin Stadium.

Spring Valley's young, but massive offensive front sprang two backs for 200-yard nights. Elijah Wellman ran for 237 on 23 carries to go over 1,000 for the season and scored four times. Ryan George scooted for 200 on 17 attempts and had three touchdowns. Overall, the Timberwolves (5-3) racked up 636 yards against a team that allowed 159.7 per game.

On defense, the Timberwolves limited Hensley to 14 of 22 for 143 yards with one interception. The junior had pilied up 1,605 yards and 18 passing TDs entering the game. Turner, who had 43 receptions for 592 yards, had just one catch for 10. He was blanked in the first half when Spring Valley opened a 21-0 lead against the No. 7 team in Class AAA.

"Wow," offensive guard Matt Fulller said when he learned about all the yards he helped the backs generate.

"We carried out our assignments, opened the holes and the backs did their job."

This was Spring Valley's fourth game against a top 10 Class AAA squad. The No. 12 Timberwolves had lost to No. 1 Cabell Midland, No. 3 Huntington High and No. 4 George Washington.

"We're getting better up front," Timberwolves coach Brad Dingess said of the offensive line. "The kids are growing. They were young to start out."

Spring Valley returns to action next Friday against Nitro at home. Hurricane (5-3) is home against Logan.

More often than not, Hurricane had seven or eight players in the box. Thus Wellman and George each got to the second level quickly on their TD runs. Wellman went for 14, 6, 24 and 19 yards, the fourth putting the visitors over 50 for the first time this season. George sprinted 11, 53 and 22 yards on his scores. Tyler Robertson added a 53-yard TD romp.

"We had our assignments down," George said. "The guys up front blocked so well and we ran hard. To win here is big for us."

On the flip side, the Timberwolves unveiled a plan to slow down Hensley and Turner. They had good coverage underneath the whole night and surprised the Redskins with pressure on occasion.

"We had answers," George said. "It was big to take Turner out of the game."

Wellman, who got the call to run several times in the wildcat formation, said the effort on both sides of the ball came at the right time as the Timberwolves try to climb in the ratings.

"It's huge. We had to win no matter what," said Wellman, who's committed to West Virginia. The 6-foot-2, 2323-pound senior also made his presence felt from his linebacker position.

"Get to the ball. Make plays," he said.

SPRING VALLEY 14 7 21 13 -- 55

HURRICANE 0 0 21 6 -- 27

First Quarter

SV -- Wellman 14 run (Brody kick), 9:54.

SV -- George 11 run (Brody kick), 1:32.

Second Quarter

SV -- Wellman 6 run (Brody kick), 8:10.

Third Quarter

SV -- George 53 run (Brody kick), 8:18.

H -- Hensley 1 run (Molina kick), 6:09.

SV -- Wellman 24 run (Brody kick), 4:21.

H -- Pate 91 kickoff return (Molina kick), 4:03.

SV -- Robertson 53 run (Brody kick), 3:50.

H -- Handley 23 pass from Hensley (Molina kick), :22.

Fourth Quarter

SV -- George 22 run (Brody kick), 11:23.

SV -- Wellman 19 run (kick failed), 5:42.

H -- Lucas 8 run (pass failed), 2:10.


First downs 19 20

Total Net Yards 647 298

Rushes-yards 54-636 38-155

Passing 11 143

Comp-Att-Int 1-5-0 14-22-1

Fumbles-Lost 4-1 1-1

Penalties-Yards 13-100 4-45


RUSHING -- SV: Brown 5-68, Wellman 23-237, George 17-200, Robertson 5-89, Jones 2-21, Evans 1-24, Page 1-minus 3. Hurr: Hensley 14-3, Handley 3-2, Pate 6-53, Hurd 4-18, Francis 3-11, Tinsley 3-22, Lucas 3-29, Grant 2-17.

PASSING -- SV: Brown 0-3-0; Wellman 1-2-0, 11. Hurr: Hensley 14-22-1, 143.

RECEIVING -- SV: Webb 1-11. Hurr: Turner 1-10, Handley 3-28, Pate 6-65, Cooper 1-7, Wolford 1-11, Molina 2-22.