Spring Valley routs Nitro
SPRING VALLEY -- Ryan George broke Spring Valley's career rushing record and the Timberwolves broke out Friday on Senior Night, rolling past the Nitro Wildcats, 62-7.
"I wanted to get it tonight at home," George said of the record, which is now 1,986 yards. "I didn't want to have to wait until next week."
The Class AAA No. 9 Timberwolves (6-3) finish their schedule at Winfield next week.
Head coach Brad Dingess said George is a special running back.
"He's not the flashiest guy in the world, but you don't ever seem to get a clean hit on him," Dingess said. "He's never arm-tackled or one guy brings him down. He's elusive, he runs north-south and he's just a good football player.
"It couldn't have happened to a better kid. He works his butt off."
At first it looked as though a different Spring Valley team was on the field, as two of the Timberwolves first three scores came on passes of 15 and 32 yards by sophomore quarterback Tyler Brown.
Dingess said he was trying to throw some wrinkles in early to see how his team executed in preparation for the playoffs.
"At some point in time, somebody's going to clog the hole on us," Dingess said, referring to Spring Valley's power running game. "We've got some kids who can throw and catch, we're just so daggone good at running the ball it's hard to get away from it."
Nitro (2-7) came out operating from the pistol formation, running draws and screens that were effective, but four first half turnovers allowed Spring Valley to build an insurmountable lead.
Spring Valley's four main backs -- George, Elijah Wellman, Billy Evans and Tyler Robertson -- amassed more than 300 yards rushing in the first half, and none saw action in the second frame.
It was Evans who led the pack, running eight times for 119 yards and a touchdown. George had 76 yards and a score, and Wellman had 91 yards and two TDs. Robertson was on the receiving end of Brown's 32-yard touchdown pass.
In all, 15 different players had rushing attempts for Spring Valley and the Timberwolves featured three different quarterbacks.
Even with the third-string in, Nitro couldn't slow Spring Valley down.
Freshman Joe Lucas broke off a 54-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Backup quarterback Jakob Frye took a knee on the point after touchdown.
"These young kids come out and bust their butts all week in practice just like the starters do," Dingess said. "When they get in the ball game they're just itching to get in there and do something. I'm just happy for those guys."
NITRO 0 0 7 0 -- 7
SPRING VALLEY 21 21 14 6 -- 62
SV -- Hughart 15 pass from Brown (Sam Brody kick).
SV -- Wellman 14 run (Brody kick).
SV -- Robertson 32 pass from Brown (Brody kick).
SV -- Wellman 4 run (Brody kick).
SV -- George 1 run (Kyle O'Neal kick).
SV -- Evans 1 run (O'Neal kick).
SV -- Eastham 16 run (O'Neal kick).
N -- Clark 12 run (Alex White kick).
SV -- Runyon 9 run (O'Neal kick).
SV -- Lucas 54 run (conversion failed).
Total yards 219 577
First downs 14 26
Rushes-yards 26-119 59-530
Comp-Att-Int 10-19-1 2-4-0
Passing yards 100 57
Penalties-Yds 1-5 6-50
Fumbles-Lost 4-3 1-0
RUSHING -- N: Underwood 15-91, Clark 2-14, Brown, 5-8; Moody, 4 -4; SV: Evans 8-119, Wellman, 8-91 George, 10-76, Lucas, 2-59, Eastham, 3-22, Jones, 3-19; Runyon, 3-29, Lucas, 3-15; Robertson, 4-19; Lagaman, 4-36; Brown, 2-21; Webb, 2-8; Page, 2-15; Ratcliff, 2-9; Frye, 1-1.
PASSING -- N: Moody 10-19-1, 100 yards. SV: Brown 2-4-0, 57 yards.
RECEIVING -- N: Jaggee, 2-18; Humphrey, 2-22; Clark, 3-40; Goins, 2-11; SV: Robertson, 1-32, Hughart, 1-15.