By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer • firstname.lastname@example.org
MILLERSBURG – All things were clicking for Tri-Valley in their matchup with Millersburg on Sept. 30 as the Bulldogs left Indian Stadium with a 42-7 victory in Tri-Valley football action.
The biggest stat of the night was Millersburg having minus-3 yards offense for the entire game, despite putting seven points on the board. Compare that to the Bulldogs, who had 410 yards of offense on the night, 181 of that coming from the rushing attack of Danny Scheib.
It was Millersburg that struck first on the scoreboard in the matchup. After both teams exchanged possessions, Millersburg took advantage of the Tri-Valley mishandled punt, getting the ball on the Bulldog 44.
With a bit of trickery on the receiver from quarterback Aiden Harman to Cole Shomper who passed it to Matthew Koppenhaver for a 26-yard gain. From there, Shomper took the ball the rest of the way, scoring four plays later with a six-yard run that gave Millersburg a 7-0 lead.
Tri-Valley tied it up just like that with one play, as Danny Scheib barreled through the line and dashed 80 yards for the score, knotting the game a 7-7 after the first quarter.
The ‘Dawgs took the lead at the start of the second quarter, as Scheib once again found the end zone. This time, it was a six-yard run that put Tri-Valley up 13-7 after the extra point failed.
When Millersburg was held to a three-and-out,Tri-Valley again took over, this time from the Indian 37-yard line. This drive only took five plays to result in a score, with quarterback Logan Yoder scoring from the one on the keeper, set up by a 25-yard reception from Yoder to Jake Kroh the play before. After making the two-point conversion, Tri-Valley led 21-7.
The Bulldogs weren’t done scoring at that point, After Ashton Buchanan ran a Millersburg punt back to the Indians 30, Tri-Valley needed just two plays to find the end zone again. First Scheib ran 27 yards to set up Logan Yoder to find Dawson Schwalm for the three-yard score, putting Tri-Valley up 28-7 at the break.
With Tri-Valley getting the ball to start the second half, they exhibited a ball control offense with an 11-play, 65-yard drive that took five minutes off the clock. The big play of the drive came when Yoder found Nick Zeigmont for a 21-yard gain that put the Dawgs in Millersburg territory.
Tri-Valley went up 35-7 when Yoder threw his second score of the night, this time, an eight-yard strike to Jake Kroh.
The game went into the mercy rule on Tri-Valley’s next possession. The Bulldogs had their worst field position, starting from their own five-yard line. Five plays later, Yoder found his big pass target this season, Ashton Buchanan, scoring a 65-yard touchdown that made the final score 42-7.
The win put Tri-Valley at 5-1 for the season and 4-1 in the Tri-Valley League standing, still in the three-way tie for second place in the league with Williams Valley and Juniata with behind unbeaten Newport.
Tri-Valley next travels to Pine Grove to take on the 1-5 Cardinals while Millersburg (0-6) will travel to 1-5 East Juniata.
Tri-Valley — 7 21 14 0 — 42
Millersburg — 7 0 0 0 — 7
M — Shomper 6-yard run (Koppenhaver kick)
TV — Scheib 81-yard run (Stiely kick)
TV — Scheib 6-yard run (kick failed)
TV — Yoder 2-yard run (Rothermel pass from Yoder)
TV — Schwalm 3-yard pass from Yoder (Stiely kick)
TV — Kroh 8-yard pass from Yoder (Cole Harner kick)
TV — Buchanan 65-yard pass from Yoder (Co. Harner kick)
FIRST DOWNS: TV-12, M-2
RUSHING: TV-37-279, M-25-3
PASSING: TV-6-13-0, M-1-5-0
PASSING YARDS: TV-131, M- -5
TOTAL YARDS: TV-410, M- -2
PENALTIES: TV-7-60, M-2-10
RUSHING: Tri-Valley —Scheib 16-181, Schwalm 8-75, Yoder 1-2, Boltz 1-(-7), McGrath 3-(-1), Rothermel 1-2, Leedy 1-1, Ace 1-7, Ca. Harner 1-2, Spittle 2-10, Artz 1-3, Zerbe 1-4. Millersburg — Shomper 11-19, Koppenhaver 9-12, Harman 2-(-16), Cruz 1-0, McCloskey 1-1, Hunter 1-(-13).
PASSING: Tri-Valley — Yoder 6-12-0, 131 yards, Leedy 0-1-0. Millersburg —Shomper 0-3-0, Harman 1-1-0, -5 yards, Koppenhaver 0-1-0.
RECEIVING: Tri-Valley — Ziegmont 1-21, Buchanan 2-75, Schwalm 1-3, Kroh 2-32. Millersburg — Shomper 1-(-5).