Wheelersburg Rolls Valley

Zach Conner - PDT Sports Contributor

WHEELERSBURG- The Wheelersburg Pirates rolled over the Valley Indians 42-0 this Friday at their home field.

Pirates head man Rob Woodward credited their offense to a balanced attack.

“I thought we did a great job distributing the football around, we were really trying to mix some different guys in out there in situations to get some guys some time out there on the field.”

The Pirates established a solid rushing attack early. They scored their first touchdown on a 6-yard rush by Taylor Doerr with 9:32 left in the first quarter. Eight minutes later, Xander Carmichael punched in a long 32-yard touchdown run to close out the first quarter 14-0 Wheelersburg.

In the second quarter, Keaton Newsome made his presence felt with his first of two touchdowns from 4-yards out. He got his second in the third, and finished the night with 133 yards on the ground. Dominic Rayes added 36 yards on three rushes as well.

A steady attack of short passes from quarterback Mack Dyer kept the offense open for bigger players and a steady rushing attack. Dyers completed passes to five different receivers for a total of 117 yards. Tanner Holden had two receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown, and Cole Lowery had 30 yards to lead the receivers.

The Indians were led by Junior JT Ward, who rushed for 75 yards on 24 rush attempts. He was the leader on the offensive side of the ball, until he was unfortunately taken off the field with an injury at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Once he left the game, the offense was clearly affected for Valley. Andrew Shope had some open receptions brought back by penalties, and finished 4-for-11 for 42 yards. The Indians suffered some big hits and were stalled by the balance on both sides of the ball for Wheelersburg.

Zach Conner

PDT Sports Contributor