By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer • firstname.lastname@example.org
MILLERSBURG — Williams Valley geared themselves up for the “Battle of the Valleys”, the matchup with Tri-Valley on Oct. 21 with a 39-13 victory over Millersburg at the Indians’ home field on Oct. 14.
The Vikings’, now 7-1 on the season, had the game in the mercy rule in the third quarter but Millersburg kept scrapping, scoring two touchdowns against the second stringers before time ran out.
After Millersburg put together a drive to start the game that went 40 yards, including a 25-yard carry by Cole Shomper, the drive stalled at the Williams Valley 30 where the Vikings took over on downs. All they needed was one play — give the ball to Dylan Rabuck.
Rabuck ran through the defense and was off to the races, 70 yards for a score in 15 seconds. The extra point was missed and Williams Valley led 6-0.
Millersburg went three-and-out on their next possession and Williams Valley struck again, this time with Allen Hand getting the score from one yard out. The team was set up the play before as Nick Savage had a 44-yard run to take Williams Valley to the Millersburg 1. With the extra point, The Vikings led 13-0 after one period.
Millersburg got some momentum in the second period when Caleb McCloskey intercepted a Williams Valley pass in the end zone, putting Millersburg on its own 20. The Indians went three-and-out and punted the ball away.
As the punt sailed into the air and landed away from Williams Valley, Millersburg players surrounded them to down the punt, but Devon Rabuck snatched the ball away from the circle and raced down the field untouched for the 80-yard punt return, making the score 19-0 after the blocked extra point.
The Vikings never let up with long drives to end the quarter, resulting in scores. First was an eight-play 46-yard drive that resulted in six points when Levi Engle scored on the quarterback keeper. Then after Kenneth Reed intercepted a Millersburg pass, Williams Valley took the last three first-half minutes off the clock with a six-play, 48-yard drive finished off by Brady Miller with the one-yard run, putting the Vikings up 33-0.
Williams Valley put the game in the mercy rule with the first drive of the third quarter, this one going nine plays and taking five minutes off the clock wth Engle finding Nick Ulsh from 18 yards out, putting the game away.
Millersburg wouldn’t quit, getting their scores in the fourth quarter with Cole Shomper scoring with a 28-yard run with 11:06 left in the game and then another drive that was capped with Caleb McCloskey scoring from two yards out to make the final score 39-13.
Williams Valley (7-1) travels to Hegins to take on the 7-1 Tri-Valley Bulldogs while Millersburg (0-8) travels to Pine Grove to meet the Cardinals.
Williams Valley — 13 20 6 0 — 39
Millersburg — 0 0 0 13 — 13
WV — Dy. Rabuck 70-yard run (kick failed)
WV — Savage 2-yard run (Weist kick)
WV — De. Rabuck 80-yard punt return (kick failed)
WV — Engle 1-yard run (Wolfgang pass from Engle)
WV — Miller 1-yard run (pass failed)
WV — Ulsh 18-yard pass from Engle (kick failed)
M — Shomper 29-yard run (Snyder kick)
M — McCloskey 3-yard run (kick failed)
FIRST DOWNS: WV-15, M-7
RUSHING: WV-37-215, M-29-132
PASSING: WV-5-9-1, M-1-7-2
PASSING YARDS: WV-62, M-(-4)
TOTAL YARDS: WV-277, M-128
PENALTIES: WV-5-40, M-1-5
RUSHING: Williams Valley — Dy. Rabuck 7-122, Savage 5-59, Miller 14-55, Hand 1-17, Lucas 4-0, Minnich 2-(-17), Engle 4-(-21). Millersburg — Shomper 20-115, Koppenhaver 2-26, McCloskey 2-10, Troutman 5-(-19).
PASSING: Williams Valley — Engle 5-9-1, 62 yards. Millersburg — Troutman 1-6-1, -4 yards.Shomper 0-1-1-1.
RECEIVING: Williams Valley — Hand 2-22, Ulsh 1-18, Reed 1-11, Wolfgang 1-11. Millersburg — Shomper 1-(-4).