Updated Sat, Oct 19, 2013 4:58 pm
On a chilly night in Thornville, the Tri-Valley offense started to heat up.
The Scotties, led by junior quarterback Brock Fargus, defeated the Sheridan Generals 55-19 and remained unbeaten in MVL play, bringing their conference win streak to 24 games.
Tri-Valley wasted no time in lighting up the scoreboard at Culver Stadium. Fargus accounted for all three first quarter touchdowns, doing much of the damage with his legs.
Fargus scampered for two rushing touchdowns in the opening stanza on his way to 255 first half rushing yards. The signal caller also added a 12-yard TD pass to senior wideout Thomas Thacker early in the game. After 12 minutes, the Scotties had dominated a 21-0 lead.
Soon-to-be hall of fame head coach Paul Culver and the Generals did not go away quietly in the middle quarters. Sheridan outscored Tri-Valley 19-12 in quarters two and three.
The scoring spurt included a 65-yard touchdown run by Ethan Snider on the opening play of the second half and two touchdown strikes from Luke Fox to Justin Snyder. Unfortunately for the Generals, those were the only points they were able to produce for the night.
The difference in the game came from Tri-Valley’s potent offensive attack in the first and final quarters. During that timespan, the Scotties outscored the Generals 41-0.
With a possible playoff bid looming, the Scotties understand they must be more aggressive at all times.
Tri-Valley head coach Justin Buttermore knows that his team must be able to put together a complete game with tilts against Maysville and Philo in the coming weeks.
“We got to put together four quarters of football and we got to be mentally tougher in the second half,” Buttermore said. “We have to play through being tired and we haven’t really found a way to do that yet.”
The Scottie defense was able to contain a well-seasoned Sheridan running game, which allowed Fargus to control the tempo of the game and run the fast-paced Scottie offense to near perfection.
The field general for the Scotties knows that his expanding role as a leader will be crucial for his team heading into the remaining weeks of the regular season and possibly the playoffs.
“This year started off and we didn’t really have any clear leaders,” Fargus said. “I’m trying to take the role as quarterback.”
Fargus echoed the concerns of his head coach about the Scotties lack of consistent play throughout an entire game.
“Tonight we had a great first half, but we let people drive on us in the second half,” he said. “We just can’t do that. We can’t beat great teams with one half of football.”
Quarterback Luke Fox and running back, Chase Heath combined for 434 total yards to lead the Generals’ offense.
Daniel “Bubby” Scott rushed for 39 yards and two touchdowns to help the Scotties’ offensive effort, and receivers Hunter Mohler and Thomas Thacker each hauled in a touchdown pass.
The Scotties (6-2, 6-0 MVL) will look to extend their conference win streak to 25 games Friday, Oct. 25 at Maysville (6-2, 5-2).
The Generals (5-3, 4-2) will look to get back on the winning track at home against Crooksville (4-4, 3-3).