PDT Sports Writer
LUCASVILLE — Nate Arnett entered his junior season in 2012 with enormous shoes to fill as a state offensive player of the year had left for graduation
Fast forward one year later, the Valley senior running back made one of his final home moments memorable Friday night as he finished with 185 yards of total offense and four total touchdowns while the Indians held West to 97 yards of total offense — all rushing — in a 42-0 SOC II win over the Senators.
“This year, people know who he is coming in and people are trying to game-plan to stop him,” Valley coach Darren Crabtree said. “He’s just breaking tackles and running hard. When we do get some big holes up there, he’s able to establish even longer runs and it’s a fun thing to watch when it all comes together.”
The Indians didn’t take long to get on the board. In fact, it took 1:20 before Arnett bounced the third play from scrimmage 52 yards to pay dirt. Bryan Rolfe tried to extend the lead to 14-0 on Valley’s next drive but fumbled on the goal line and West’s John Berry appeared with the pigskin.
However, Arnett did punch his second score of the quarter on the next drive with a 23-yard scamper.
Alex Loop marched into the end zone on a 15-yard run and Rolfe found Arnett out of the backfield on a swing pass for a 64-yard touchdown to send the Indians into the locker room with a 28-0 lead.
Arnett’s final tally of the night came with 7:42 left in the third on a 4-yard plunge. Brice Jordan tacked on an 11-yard scoring run with 7:10 in the contest to end the scoring.
“They were a lot better, that’s the best football team that we’ve played and there’s no doubt about that,” West coach Merril Triplett said. “A super defense, they run to the ball hard and we could get nothing going so we just kept giving the ball back to them.”
Valley finished with four sacks on the evening as the Senators could not advance beyond the Indian 32. With back-to-back shutouts to start conference play, Crabtree feels his club is on a great level defensively.
“I think it says volumes about how well they’re playing on that side of the ball,” Crabtree said. “…We’ve not given up a ton of points as far as our varsity defense and they’re getting better, we’re making plays. We don’t change a lot of things, we allow our kids to line up and run to the football and not have to think, it’s why we’re playing well.”
Offensively, the only thing that was an issue on the night were fumbles. Valley coughed the ball up four times but recovered on three occasions.
West will go back to the drawing board and look to even up its regular season record next week when the Senators host Waverly, which lost 54-0 at Wheelersburg.
“We’re going to go back to work,” Triplett said. “We didn’t match up well with (the Indians) and they were very well-coached and played a good clean game. They just whipped us.”
Valley will close out its home portion of the 2013 regular season next week against Northwest. The Mohawks fell 60-7 at Minford.
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W 0 0 0
V 14 14 7
V — Arnett 52 run (Romanello kick) 10:40
V — Arnett 23 run (Romanello kick) 2:02
V — Loop 15 run (Romanello kick) 8:09
V — Arnett 64 pass from Rolfe (Romanello kick) 2:12
V — Arnett 4 run (Romanello kick) 7:42
V — Jordan 11 run (Romanello kick) 7:10
First Downs 8 11
Rush Att.-Yds. 38-97 41-271
Pass Att.-Comp.-Int. 9-0-1 13-6-0
Pass Yds. 0 113
Total Yds. 97 384
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-1
Turnovers 2 1
Penalties-Yds. 5-53 5-40
Punts-Avg. 8-29.5 2-30
RUSHING: W — Bricker 12-38, Hurd 5-24, Jo. Howell 3-10, Koons 4-7, Ji. Howell 2-6, Irwin 0-2; V — 15-113, Loop 6-98, Jordan 7-35, Howard 6-24, C. Miller 1-7, Shope 1-3, Rolfe 5-(10).
PASSING: W — Irwin 0-9-1 0; V — Rolfe 6-13-0 113.
RECEIVING: W — None; V — Arnett 2-72, Jordan 1-22, Clark-Holbrook 1-9, Shope 1-7, Dunn 1-5.
Records — West 3-4 (1-1); Valley 7-0 (2-0).