Inclement weather would be the only thing that could stop the Portsmouth West Senators Friday night as the cruised to a 29-6 victory of the Valley Indians on homecoming night. The Senators defense would establish themselves early as they forced a three and out by the Indians on their very first drive. The Senators offense would look to keep the ball rolling as they took over their first possession of the game. Running back Garrett Hurd would continue his great year as he would lead the West rushing attack. Hurd capped off the 65 yard drive by the Senators with an 18 yard touchdown run that would put the West on the board 7-0 with 5:31 to go in the first quarter.
Senators head coach Ben Johnson loved seeing his team get out and set the tempo early, “I was really proud of the way our guys got going early in this game. As it turns out, it was good that we did so since we got shortened and we were able to get that significant lead early that determined the outcome.”
Valley would come right back with a huge 72 yard touchdown pass from Andrew Shope to senior wide out Tanner Spradlin. Valley would miss the extra point and with 5:17 to go in the first, Portsmouth West would lead 7-6.
The excitement from such a huge play would be short lived, however, as the Senators would continue to dominate on the offensive side. Behind some costly facemask penalties by Valley, Garrett Hurd would have his second rushing touchdown of the night to put West up 13-6 after the missed extra point.
The Senators defense would force a huge turnover to begin the second quarter as Joey Cyrus would pick off Shope’s pass to set his team up with great field position on their first drive of the second quarter.
Hurd would continue his dominance as he ran the ball into the end zone from 11 yards out to give the Senators the 21-6 lead after a successful two point conversion put an end to the 65 yard drive. Hurd would have another great game on the ground as he rushed the ball 22 times for 135 yards and three touchdowns.
Senators Coach Johnson would expect nothing less from his star running back, “He is an outstanding talent. Our offensive line does an outstanding job in front of him, but he runs hard, and he gets a lot of yards after contact. I’m glad he’s on my team.”
The West defense would stop the Valley offense in their tracks around midfield and force a turnover on downs. Valley struggled to gain anything on offense throughout the game. Valley head coach Darren Crabtree would lament his team’s unfocused play coming into the game, “The mental preparation this week in practice was bad. Our focus was not very good before the game and West came out and completely dominated the game.”
West quarterback Dylan Bradford would get in on the action as he would score the final points of the night on a 23 yard touchdown run that put the Senators up 29-6 going into halftime. Bradford rushed for 57 yards and a score to go along with 35 yards through the air. After a few lightning delays, the game would eventually be called due to inclement weather.
West will travel to Waverly next week to face the 6-1 Tigers who are coming off the 49-0 drumming they took Friday night at the hands of the Wheelersburg Pirates.
The Valley Indians will return home to Lucasville next Friday night as they will host Belpre, kickoff for that game is set for 7:00 p.m.
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