Highlights: Valley Christian blanks Wellsville in defensive EOAC battle

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Running back Cameron Davenport led the Eagles in their second half push for victory

CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – Following a very sloppy first half, the Valley Christian Eagles were able to gain some traction in the second half of their contest with the Wellsville Tigers to pull out a 19-0 victory. It was an important bounce-back win for the Eagles following their loss to Southern last week.

The win improves the Eagles to 6-2 on the season, 4-1 in the EOAC.  The Tigers drop to 3-4 overall, 3-3 in league play.

Both the Eagles and Tigers had scoring opportunities in the first half, but the Eagles fumbled into the endzone early in the second quarter, and the Tigers suffered two big negative plays just before halftime when they had reached the Eagles 12-yard line.

“We were really shooting ourselves in the foot.  Making mistakes and not for our defense.  They were hanging in there even though we were shooting ourselves on offense.  Really frustrating.  This was one of the most frustrating halves that I have ever experienced,” Eagles coach Andy Hake remarked.

“We lost our center early in the second quarter and we had two young kids in there battling their butts off for us.  We made mistakes and Valley Christian capitalized on them,” Tigers coach Robert Ramsey said.

The Tigers were also without their starting running back Isaiah Greathouse, adding to their depth issues.

“A lot of our kids played hard, and I’m proud of them.  When you’re in the red zone and you come up empty, it’s tough to win against a team like Valley Christian,” Ramsey said.

But the Eagles were able to put together a 75-yard drive on 13-plays with Cameron Davenport scoring on a 4-yard blast up the middle. The score came with 4:37 left in the third quarter.

Davenport would rush for 98 yards in the game on 12 carries while teammate Je’Sean Lindsey would rack up 66 yards to help the Eagles run for 215 yards in the game.

“It was a rough game, but we came out in the second half and handled business as a team,” Davenport remarked.  “The talk was for us to come together, to play hard and play as a team. Do what you have to do.”

The Tigers would spoil another golden opportunity early in the fourth quarter when they drove to the Eagles 5.  But a snap over quarterback Valen Krzyston head resulted in a turnover with 8:16 remaining in the game.

The Eagles would seal the game up late with two quick touchdowns.  The first was a 12-yard run by Tyree Washington with 2:13 left and the second was a 28-yard run by Jhordan Peete with only 1:26 remaining.

The Eagles’ defense would limit the Tigers to minus 25 yards rushing in the game, while only surrendering 82 yards through the air.  The Tigers Eddie Stock led the Tigers with 56 yards receiving on 4 receptions.

The Eagles will play at East Palestine next Friday to close the regular season.  The Tigers will host the Leetonia Bears to close the 2021 campaign.

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