2017-09-08 / Sports

Vikings overwhelm Cavaliers


By Tim Gochnaur

Spring Valley’s recipe for gridiron success has been the same for years–a 


Spring Valley’s Jaylon Morris slips the tackle of Richland Northeast’s John Porter. 
Photo by James Witherspoon Spring Valley’s Jaylon Morris slips the tackle of Richland Northeast’s John Porter. Photo by James Witherspoon

punishing running game, throwing the ball just often enough to prove it can, and a stifling defense that puts the offense in good field position. The Vikings are 3- 0 on the 2017 campaign, averaging 42 points a game on offense, and the defense is surrendering about eight points.

The Vikings continued to polish their resume and refine their game plans with a 45-7 thrashing of the Richland Northeast Cavaliers at Parone Stadium Friday, September 1. Spring Valley also retains the Sword-and-Sabre Trophy, a prize that goes to the Spring Valley-Northeast winner, for the sixth year in a row.

Eleven different Vikings shared 44 rushes and rolled up 437 yards on the ground. Four different players ran for scores.

Quarterback Quincy Hill was one-for-two for 53 yards, a second quarter scoring bomb to Malik Wesley.

The Vikings held the Cavaliers to 116 yards on the ground on 29 carries, 110 yards in the air, and one touchdown with just minutes left in the game.

Marcus Simpson set the tone for the Vikings on the first play of the game with a 59-yard scoring run, followed by the first of six conversion kicks from Alex Herrera.

A Northeast punt late in the first stanza gave the Vikings the ball on their own 18-yard line. Anthony Wilson concluded the 13- play drive with a 25-yard scoring run.

Three plays later, the Vikings’ DJ Skelton intercepted Northeast quarterback Charles Simons to put the Vikings in business at the Cavs’ 32. Jaylon Morris dashed in two plays later for a six-yard touchdown.

The Vikings’ defense forced a Northeast punt on its next possession. Six plays later, a 53-yard pitch-and-catch from Hill to Malik Wesley gave the Vikings a 28-0 halftime lead.

Morris got his second score on a one-yard run with 4:53 left in the third quarter.

On Northeast’s next drive, the Vikings’ Skelton intercepted the Cavs’ Josh Boyd and returned the gift 50 yards to score. But a penalty negated the score and brought the ball back to the Cavs’ 37-yard line. Herrrera cashed in later with a 23-yard field goal for a 38-0 Spring Valley lead.


Richland Northeast’s Charles Simons attempts a pass against the Spring Valley defense. 
Photo by James Witherspoon Richland Northeast’s Charles Simons attempts a pass against the Spring Valley defense. Photo by James Witherspoon

A 55-yard punt from Northeast pinned the Vikings on their own 2-yard line early in the fourth quarter. Jacquez Terrell had two big plays in the 98-yard scoring drive, including a 63-yard gallop bringing the Vikings deep into enemy territory. He culminated the drive with a seven-yard run for a score.

Northeast finally got on the board on its next possession when Akim Munro ran in from 10 yards out and Selvin Recinos-Tejada kicked the extra point.

Spring Valley hosts Sumter Friday, September 8. Richland Northeast travels to Lower Richland.

Spring Valley 45,
Richland Northeast 7

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SV 7 21 10 7 45
RNE0007 7

First Quarter
SV: Marcus Simpson 59-yard run.
(Extra point was good)

Second Quarter
SV: Anthony Wilson 25-yard run.
(Extra point was good).
SV: Jaylon Morris 6-yard run.
(Extra point was good).
SV: Quincy Hill 53-yard pass to
Malik Wasley. (Extra point was
good).

Third Quarter
SV: Morris 1-yard run. (Extra point
was good missed).
SV: Alex Herrera 23-yard field
goal.

Fourth Quarter
SV: Jacquez Terrell 7-yard run.
(Extra point was good).
RNE: Akim Munro 10-yard run.
(Extra point was good).

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