Valley Handles Cameron, 35-13
PINE GROVE – Cameron dug it a hole last week and managed to get out of it with a victory.
This week not so much for the Dragons, as Valley built a 20-7 halftime lead and cruised to a 35-13 victory.
The Lumberjacks dominated the line of scrimmage, finishing with 256 rushing yards led by quarterback Trey Streets with 121, compared to 9 yards rushing for Cameron.
“Give a lot of credit to Valley,” Cameron coach Scott Holt said. “On a small-school level, one player can make a big difference. Trey Streets was pretty much that difference. We opened more doors than we could close this week and that is a lesson. You can’t be a comeback team every week.
“Trey is right up there with the best quarterbacks we are going to see all season. He kills you with the things you can’t prepare for. We tried to keep as many people around him as possible and he still got loose. What the answer is to stopping him, I don’t know, and I am glad we don’t have to see him again.”
Streets and the Lumberjacks drew first blood as the senior took a draw to the end zone from 1 yard out to up 6-0 with 4:06 remaining in the first quarter.
On Cameron’s next drive Alex Midcap picked off Colby Brown and the Lumberjacks capitalized by scoring three plays later. Streets found Tucker Cain for a 52-yard touchdown pass to make the score 12-0 with 1:15 remaining in the first.
Streets finished with three rushing touchdowns to go along with one passing touchdown. He had 100 yards through the air while Cain had four catches for 69 yards.
“Trey has to be one of the best athletes in the state of West Virginia in any class,” Valley coach Shane Highley said. “He just does what he does. Every play he could break it and that is a nice thing to have.”
Cameron responded on the next drive by scoring on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Travis Mickey with 7:56 remaining in the first half to make it 12-7. The Dragons were aided by several Valley penalties on the drive and a fumble by the Lumberjacks on a Cameron punt. Valley fumbled the ball four times while recovering two of those finished with 13 penalties totaling 108 yards.
Being 2-0 feels pretty good but we have to clean up the mental mistakes,” Highley said. “The mistakes will drive a coach crazy. Like jumping offsides and bad penalties. We have to clean those things up and that is what we will be working on in our bye week. Overall pleased with the effort and we just have to keep playing. If we could play a mistake-free game I would love to see what happens.”
To end the first half Streets ran in from 10 yards out for his second rushing touchdown and completed a 2-point conversion pass to Cain as the Lumberjacks found themselves up 20-7 at the break.
Valley got on the board to begin the second half when Streets scored a 7-yard run and once again completed a 2-point conversion pass, this time to Dylan Irvin and the Lumberjacks went up 28-7 with 4:22 left in the third quarter.
Cameron had a golden opportunity to get back in things as it had a first-and-goal from Valley’s 9-yard line to being the fourth quarter, but failed to score. Brown was sacked twice and then threw an interception into the hands of Joey Preat. Valley got to Brown numerous times and finished with eight sacks.
Mathew Throckmorton scored three plays after the interception on a 91-yard touchdown run and Valley took a 35-7 lead with 9:12 remaining. Throckmorton finished with 115 yards rushing on 10 carries.
After the kickoff, Cameron scored quickly as Brown found Robert Miliken on a 35-yard connection to make the score 35-13 with 8:06 remaining in the game. Brown finished with 137 yards through the air while Miliken caught two balls for 44 yards.