’Dawgs dom­i­nate Millers­burg

Yoder, Scheib lead fo­cused Tri-Val­ley past strug­gling Millers­burg 61-6

The Republican Herald - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - by Doyle Di­etz Cor­re­spon­dent con­tact the writer: out­doors@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570-628-6010

HE­GINS — Many of the Tri-Val­ley foot­ball play­ers were an­tic­i­pat­ing this morn­ing’s open­ing of the statewide archery deer sea­son be­fore Fri­day’s Tri-Val­ley League game against vis­it­ing Millers­burg.

In no way, how­ever, were the Bull­dogs look­ing past an op­po­nent that had yet to win this sea­son.

They made that per­fectly clear by scor­ing on a 50-yard touch­down pass just 19 sec­onds into the game

Be­fore the half ended the Dawgs scored on two plays of 60-plus yards, and they fin­ished by not at­tempt­ing the con­ver­sion on their fi­nal two touch­downs in a 61-6 vic­tory.

Since be­ing frus­trated in a 7-0 loss at Ju­ni­ata, the Dawgs (4-2, 3-2 TVL) have come back to score 106 points the last two weeks in de­feat­ing Min­ersville and the In­di­ans (0-6, 0-6).

In build­ing a 42-6 half­time lead Fri­day, the Dawgs scored on three touch­down passes to­tal­ing 127 yards and on three touch­down runs to­tal­ing 84 yards.

Full­back Danny Scheib had a 66-yard touch­down run to make the score 28-3 in the sec­ond quar­ter on the first play af­ter the first of two 27-yard field goals by Lo­gan Trout­man.

Scheib had six car­ries for 106 yards in the game as the Dawgs had a 304 to mi­nus-17 rush­ing ad­van­tage.

Quar­ter­back Lo­gan Yoder com­pleted 8-of-8 passes for 266 yards — all in the first half.

Ash­ton Buchanan opened the scor­ing with a 50-yard re­cep­tion and capped the firsthalf scor­ing with a 60-yard re­cep­tion, fin­ish­ing with three re­cep­tions for 155 yards.

Cole Rother­mel scored on a 17-yard pass in the first quar­ter, and Ike Lu­cas scored on a 17-yard run as time ran out in the quar­ter. Lu­cas had a 63-yard re­cep­tion to the 1-yard line late in the half and ran for a touch­down on the next play.

Tri-Val­ley ran 41 plays for 570 yards and 17 first downs. Millers­burg net­ted 76 yards in 41 plays and seven first downs, turn­ing the ball over on a fum­ble and on two in­ter­cep­tions by Tyler McGrath.

“Ob­vi­ously, Millers­burg is go­ing through one of those down cy­cles that all of us ex­pe­ri­ence at a small school,” Tri-Val­ley coach Mike Ulicny said. “Still, we’ve got to take care of busi­ness and keep try­ing to get bet­ter for what lies ahead.

“Lo­gan did a real nice job throw­ing the ball, and Scheib had an­other out­stand­ing game run­ning the ball. We were able to play a lot of peo­ple, but I didn’t like that we made so many penal­ties (nine for 83 yards).

“De­fen­sively, we had some lapses, but were in con­trol. These are the kind of games that we hope will help us down the line.”

Down the line is a TVL game against archri­val Wil­liams Val­ley and per­haps a re­match with the Vik­ings in the Dis­trict 11 Class A fi­nal. Those games will be a much stiffer chal­lenge for the Dawgs, but they showed Fri­day they were not look­ing ahead.

‘Lo­gan did a real nice job throw­ing

the ball’ Mike Ulicny, tri-Val­ley head

coach

lo­gaN yoDeR

DaNNy scHeib

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