Highland has no answer for River Valley
Saturday, September 14th
CALEDONIA — Highland’s defense has had trouble stopping opponents rushing games this season, but it was their own ground problems that caused most of the damage in River Valley’s 40-7 victory on Friday.
The Scots (2-1) gave up 372 yards on the ground, but fumbled the ball away three times in the first half alone. They were the first lost fumbles of the year for Highland, and the Vikings (3-0) scored on all of them.
Those fumbles also contributed to the lack of a running game, as Highland gained only 157 total yards, far below their average of 370 rushing yards and 400 total yards through the first two games. In the first half, the Scots were outgained 235-38 in rushing and 256-89 overall.
After the first fumble, River Valley’s Gage Stuckman scored on a 40-yard run two plays later. Stuckman scored on a 1-yard run on the team’s next possession, and after another fumble, Viking QB Matt Green tossed a 16-yard TD pass for a 19-0 lead after one.
The third fumble of the half led to a 6-yard TD run for Stuckman, and a conversion run left River Valley up, 27-0. Highland finally scored on a 16-play drive, which eventually reached the Viking 2-yard line on fourth down. James Cochran was called upon, and plunged in for the score with 1:27 to play which cut the deficit to 27-7.
That wasn’t the end of the scoring, however, as the Scots gave up a big play to end the half. River Valley’s Efren Silva took off from his own 22-yard line and raced 78 yards for a 33-7 lead at the break.
The Vikings then used their running game to hold the lead in the second half, and got a final touchdown on Green’s 21-yard run.
Highland will begin Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference play at home on Friday, hosting Buckeye Valley at 7 p.m.
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