Southwest Valley 62, Tri-County 28
THORNBURG — The Southwest Valley era started with a bang Friday, as the Timberwolves jumped out to a 20-0 lead on their way to a 62-28 win over Tri-County.
The Timberwolves trekked 153 miles to play the first game in school history.
“It was great to go that far and come out with a W,” head coach Kent Bass said. “I think the kids were very anxious to get the season started. We knew we had an opportunity to come together and do some good things. To go 1-0 is a really good feeling.”
The Timberwolves gashed the Trojan defense to the tune of 515 rushing yards.
Zach Barton totaled 160 rushing yards, Jordan Stuart added 129 rushing yards, Tyler Bissell finished with 124 rushing yards and Gunner McCuen just missed the century mark, rushing for 85 yards.
Barton and Bissell each finished with three rushing touchdowns, while McCuen added another. McCuen also scored a touchdown on a kickoff return of 60 yards.
The offensive line set the tone early for the Timberwolves, allowing the backs to accumulate so much yardage.
“I was very pleased with how we controlled the line of scrimmage for the most part,” Bass said. “Our backs ran extremely hard, which is a great sign. I think they fed off each other. We were very close to having four backs up over 100 yards. We go nowhere in our offense without our line, and we executed pretty well.”
Bass said building a 20-0 lead was huge for his team Friday, as the team’s number one goal entering the game was to get out to a fast start.
“We needed to get out to a fast start,” he said. “That’s something we’ve never really done. We’re experienced enough with our senior leadership and we’ve got some kids who are playing some very aggressive football. To set the tone for the game and for the season was very, very important to us.”
On the defensive side of the ball, the Timberwolves were able to shut down Tri-County’s run game right from the very beginning.
“I think our defensive line and linebackers stopped the run early,” Bass said. “We figured they’d come out and try to have a nice, balanced attack, but we took the run right away. Unfortunately, our back end struggled at times. We had miscommunication on a few of them as far as what coverage we were in. But, I was very pleased with the speed we played at and how physical we were sideline to sideline.”
There’s little time to bask in the win, however; Southwest Valley goes straight into district play on Friday when Stanton visits for Southwest Valley’s first home game.
“That first district game will be a challenge,” Bass said. “They have some more experienced kids this year than they had last year, so we have to be ready to play. Every week in this district is going to be a new challenge, so it should be exciting.”
Southwest Valley 62, Tri-County 28
SWV 14 6 22 22 - 62
TC 0 6 14 8 - 28
SWV — Zach Barton 8 run (2 pt. failed), 7:46
SWV — Tyler Bissell 20 run (2 pt. conversion), 5:23
SWV — Jordan Stuart 2 run (2 pt. failed), 11:42
TC — Trenton Steinke 7 pass from Nick Watts (2 pt. failed), 7:12
SWV — Bissell 3 run (2 pt. failed), 9:32
TC — Steinke 10 pass from Watts (2 pt. failed), 7:01
SWV — Bissell 39 run (2 pt. failed), 6:13
TC — Steinke 10 pass from Watts (2 pt. conversion), 4:22
SWV — Kallan Schmelzer 12 pass from Stuart (2 pt. conversion), 2:40
SWV — Scott Vanderhoof safety, 11:44
SWV — Barton 7 run (2 pt. failed), 11:22
SWV — Barton 6 run (2 pt. conversion), 7:48
TC — Steinke 31 pass from Watts (2 pt. conversion), 6:12
SWV — Gunner McCuen 60 kick return (kick missed), 5:41
Rushing: SWV - Zach Barton 19-160, Jordan Stuart 7-129, Tyler Bissell 13-124, Gunner McCuen 12-85. TC - Nick Watts 11-61, Zach Kitzman 4-8, Jacob Bombei 7-3, Tyler Lally 2-1.
Passing: SWV - Jordan Stuart 4-8-0 for 26 yards. TC - Nick Watts 14-26-0 for 220 yards.
Receiving: SWV - Kallan Schmelzer 2-14, Zach Barton 1-6, Gunner McCuen 1-6. TC - Trenton Steinke 8-142, Zach Kitzman 1-23, Tyler Lally 2-10, Austin Blythe 1-10, Walter McKay 1-5, Josh Edmunson 1-3.
Tackles (solo-assists): SWV - Zach Barton (8-5), Keegan Longabaugh (7-4), Scott Vanderhoof (6-5), Gunner McCuen (7-0), Tyler Bissell (3-0), Kallan Schmelzer (2-2), Clint Mullen (3-0), Nick Spring (2-0), Jordan Stuart (2-0), Garrett Seals (3-1).
Glidden-Ralston 41, Murray 32
MURRAY — Murray spotted Glidden-Ralston a 28-0 lead in the first quarter, fought back to make it a 35-32 game with just over six minutes and change remaining, before falling 41-32.
The loss snapped a 16-game home winning streak for the Mustangs.
“I think as the season goes along, we’re going to see Glidden being one of the top teams in their district,” Murray head coach Keith Shields said. “They’re a real quality team to play in a Zero Week game. I think both teams will continue to improve.”
The Mustangs looked to be on their way to scoring early, moving the ball inside the 15-yardline, but on a fourth-and-one, committed a false start penalty, and then failed to convert on fourth down, coming away with zero points.
Glidden-Ralston then reeled off 28 straight points before Andrew Rider returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown to close it to 28-7 at half.
Murray kept the run going, scoring two more defensive touchdowns to open the second half — a 27-yard interception return by Sam Rockhold and a 3-yard fumble return by Matt Barnes.
“I really felt good about our defense all night,” Shields said. “We blew a couple of pass coverages, but those are things we can fix. Our effort and play on defense, especially against the run was great all night.”
A Seth Nerness 1-yard touchdown run with 6:39 left in the game cut the lead to 35-32.
But, Glidden-Ralston converted a fourth-and-26 into a 28-yard touchdown with 1:43 remaining to put the game on ice, as Jake Bruggeman took a pass out of the backfield and broke a tackle at the 5-yardline and scampered into the endzone.
“I think if our kids would have come out and played a team we would have had an opportunity to blow out, we might not have learned as much about ourselves as we did Friday night,” Shields said. “I think it showed a lot about our kids, the effort they put in as far as continuing to compete down 28-0.”
Murray takes on Mormon Trail on Friday.
Glidden-Ralston 41, Murray 32
G-R 28 0 7 6 - 41
Murray 0 7 19 6 - 32
GR — Christopher Brown 16 run (Evan Arellano kick), 8:26
GR — Jake Bruggeman 3 run (Arellano kick), 5:37
GR — Bruggeman 24 pass from Aaron Rodriguez (Arellano kick), 4:40
GR — Bruggeman 50 pass from Rodriguez (Arellano kick), 1:26
M — Andrew Rider 70 interception return (Brandon Short kick), 6:25
M — Sam Rockhold 27 interception return (Short kick), 8:05
M — Matt Barnes 3 fumble return (PAT failed), 7:05
GR — Bruggeman 43 run (Arellano kick), 3:14
M — Rider 56 pass from Barnes (kick failed), :51
M — Seth Nerness 1 run (pass failed), 6:39
GR — Bruggeman 28 pass from Wesley Reever (kick failed), 1:43
Rushing: GR - Jake Bruggeman 17-75, Christopher Brand 15-59, Adam Ewoldt 8-23. M - Andrew Rider 16-65, Matt Barnes 12-40, Seth Nerness 7-18, Sam Rockhold 1-2, Scott Funke 1-0.
Passing: GR - Aaron Rodriguez 3-10-2 for 102 yards, Wesley Reever 3-7-1 for 78 yards. M - Matt Barnes 4-14-3 for 71 yards.
Receiving: GR - Jake Bruggeman 3-102, Adam Ewoldt 2-29, Dan Ertz 128, Brady Danner 1-21. M - Andrew Rider 1-56, Sam Rockhold 1-8, Seth Nerness 2-7.
Tackles (solo-assists): M - Andrew Rider (3-4), Sam Rockhold (3-6), Matt Barnes (5-6), George Barber (5-7), Seth Nerness (5-2), Scott Funke (3-1), Jack Jones (3-3), Dylan Callstrom (2-4).