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