Sun Val­ley finds Ohio rather in­hos­pitable in loss

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - Times staff re­port

MASSILLON, OHIO >> It didn’t take Sun Val­ley long to find out why Massillon Wash­ing­ton High is ranked fourth in Ohio and No. 60 na­tion­ally by Max­preps.com.

The Tigers scored 56 points in the sec­ond quar­ter alone in what be­came a

101-6 drub­bing of the Van­guards Fri­day night at Paul Brown Tiger Sta­dium.

The night­mar­ish loss set county records for most points al­lowed in a game and the largest mar­gin of de­feat. The records were pre­vi­ously held by Lans­downe’s 84-0 win over Swarth­more High in 1922.

How­ever, it did not come close to break­ing the state record in ei­ther cat­e­gory. St. Clair still holds that mark for a 194-0 loss to Ta­maqua in

1915, ac­cord­ing to Max­preps. The un­de­feated Tigers

(8-0), on the other hand, set pro­gram records for most points in a game, in a half

(73) and the largest mar­gin of vic­tory. The win topped a 94-0 tri­umph over Akron North in 1922.

“They’re top-notch, the high­est level of high school foot­ball pro­gram and we’re not,” Sun Val­ley coach Greg “Bubba” Bernhardt told The In­de­pen­dent news­pa­per in Massillon. “We lose our three best skill play­ers in the first (half). We’ve got

37 kids in uni­form. We’re in a tough spot. We ba­si­cally had to hang on. What are you go­ing to do?”

A week af­ter he be­came the lead­ing rusher in school his­tory, se­nior run­ning back Jamir Thomas set the pro­gram record for rush­ing touch­downs in a ca­reer. Thomas scored three times to raise his ca­reer to­tal to 48. He fin­ished with

167 yards on seven car­ries. It was one of three school marks set or tied on the night.

Tyree Browles ran the sec­ond-half kick­off back for a touch­down. It was the third kick­off re­turn for a TD of his ca­reer to break the school record that stood since 1922. Kicker Alex Bauer also tied the pro­gram record for points in a game by a kicker (16) that also was set in 1922.

De­spite hav­ing a sixminute ad­van­tage in time of pos­ses­sion in the first quar­ter, Sun Val­ley trailed

17-0 at the end of the pe­riod. And then it all went south for the Van­guards.

The Tigers scored four touch­downs in a span of 4 min­utes, 27 se­conds to blow the game open. Three TDs came in a 61-sec­ond burst.

Thomas got it started with a 46-yard run to set the pro­gram record for rush­ing TDs in a ca­reer. Tre’von Mor­gan, who re­ceived of­fers from Vir­ginia and Mis­sis­sippi ear­lier in the week, ac­cord­ing to Twit­ter, re­turned a punt

55 yards for a score. Kyshad Mack took an in­ter­cep­tion to the house and Mor­gan raced 72 yards with a pass from Ai­dan Long­well.

That was only the be­gin­ning. Wash­ing­ton scored four more times to take a

73-6 lead into the locker room. The Tigers re­turned a punt and two in­ter­cep­tions for touch­downs.

Julz Kelly pro­vided the only high­light for the Van­guards when he took an An­thony El­lis pass 81 yards for a touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter. The touch­down, though, was costly. Kelly re­port­edly was in­jured on the play.

Kelly fin­ished with 134 yards of to­tal of­fense. He ran the ball eight times for

48 yards and caught two passes for 86 yards. El­lis fin­ished 11-for-28 for 218 yards.

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