PDT Sports Contributor
CHILLICOTHE — The Valley Indians fell to the Grandview Heights Bobcats Saturday night by a score of 14-6. Valley fought hard all game but was unable to overcome a smothering pass defense and a Bobcat running game that was able to move the chains in the clutch.
Grandview Heights took the ball down the field on their first possession, going a total of 72 yards on a 12-play drive that ate much of the first quarter clock. Rhodes Jump took the ball in from the 4-yard line for the score. Rhodes and his brother, freshman Hudson Jump, accounted for almost 200 yards on the ground and carried the Bobcats offensively.
Valley managed to answer back in the second quarter after they had failed a field goal attempt late in the first. Blake Howard broke the only big play of the night for the Indians, breaking multiple tackles for a 41-yard gain. With the missed PAT that would put the game at a score of 7-6.
Grandview Heights continued to give the ball to the Jump brothers for the entirety of the evening. R. Jump had 25 carries and two rushing touchdowns as he found the end zone again late in the second quarter for another long, 15-lay drive down the field. The score was 14-6, and would stand as the final.
The Indians had some chances to get back into the game. Brian Rolfe pulled off a fake punt pass to Howard to give them a breath of life early in the third quarter. Two plays later Rolfe threw a bomb to Howard that bounced off his fingertips for an incompletion on the goal line. Valley’s defense held stiffly in the second half, limiting the rushing momentum and grabbing the first turnover of the game intercepting an errant pass by Quarterback Andre Readey
As Valley’s defense looked good, so too did the Grandview defense. They managed to shut down the Indian running attack in the fourth limiting Howard to just 9 yards in the second half after he totaled 97 through the first two quarters. The secondary looked fantastic for the Bobcats as well, as they kept Rolfe uncomfortable in the pocket and managed to pick him off twice in the fourth quarter.
“Offensively we couldn’t make things happen,” admitted Valley Coach Daren Crabtree. “They took away a lot of the things we wanted to do through the air. When you don’t finish drives, you drop balls, and make mistakes you aren’t going to win very many games against good teams. Grandview is a very good football team and their kids played well. Our kids fought until the end, we had some defensive stops and we managed to get the ball back a couple times and make some plays but they managed to pick us off and stop our drives.”
Crabtree thanked his seniors for their contributions.
“We didn’t come up here to lose,” said Crabtree. “But we knew someone had too. We have nothing to hang our heads about. It’s going to sting for a while but most losses do. This senior group has won at least one playoff game every year. They gave us great effort all year. We wanted to see our run continue, but you know what, the same team we beat last year by a touchdown came out and did the same thing to us. Those things are going to happen. Hopefully we can rebuild and see what we can do next year.”
The valley Indians finish their season at 9-2, with their only loss on the regular season coming to the SOC champion Wheelersburg Pirates. They reached at least the second round of the playoffs for each of the last four years.
Valley 0 6 0 0 6
Grandview Heights 7 7 0 0 14
Grandview Heights- R. Jump 4 yard rush. PAT good.
Valley- B. Howard 2 yard rush. PAT no good.
Grandview Heights- R. Jump 1 yard Rush. PAT good.
Valley: Howard 17 rushes 106 yards 1 TD, Basham 6 rushes 8 yards, Rolfe 9 rushes 60 yards; Grandview: R. Jump 25 rushes 109 yards 2 TDs, H. Jump 10 rushes 77 yards, Readey 11 rushes 18 yards, Cheney 5 carries 20 yards
Valley: Rofle 9/20 87 yards 2 INTs; Grandview: Readey 4/11 63 yards 1 INT
Valley: B. Howard 5 rec 43 yards, Whitt 1 rec 17 yards, D. Howard 3 rec 27 yards; Grandview: H Jump 1 rec 21 yards, H Holland 1 rec 12 yards, Cheney 1 rec 22 yards, Bair 1 rec 8 yards