By Dave Helmick
PARSONS – The Wildcats Middle School Football team hosted Moorefield Middle for the PVL Conference Championship on Wednesday October 30th. The game was deadlocked at 8-8 after 4 quarters of play and Tucker Valley got the victory in the 3rd overtime by the final score of 22-14.
Moorefield won the coin toss and elected to receive the kick to start the game. The Yellowjackets offense moved the ball down the field and the 13 play drive was capped off on a 32 yard touchdown run. The 2 point conversion was good to make the score 8-0 Moorefield with 52 seconds left in the first quarter.
The first quarter ended with the score 8-0 Moorefield.
Tucker Valley failed to move the ball on offense and the Wildcats were forced to punt the ball back to Moorefield at the beginning of the second quarter. The visitors then went to work on offense as they take the ball down inside Tucker Valley territory. Moorefield then fumbled the ball and Tucker Valley’s Maddox Anderson recovered the ball at the Wildcat 35 yard line.
Tucker Valley then found their rhythm on offense as they marched the ball down the field. The scoring drive was capped off on a 28 yard touchdown pass from Ethan Rosenau to Ashton Lycliter. The 2 point conversion was good to tied the score at 8-8 with 2:54 left in the second quarter. Moorefield then drove the ball into Wildcats territory, but the Yellowjackets fumble the ball back to Tucker Valley again. The Wildcats got the ball at their own 32, but the clock expires to make the halftime score 8-8.
The Wildcats received the kick to start the third quarter. Tucker Valley were unable to sustain the drive and they punted the ball back to Moorefield. The Yellowjackets then drove the ball down to the Tucker Valley 32 before they fumbled the ball again with 25 seconds left in the third. The score remained 8-8 at the end of three quarters. Both teams failed to put sustain drives in the fourth quarter as the fourth quarter expired with the score the same 8-8 as they head to overtime.
The coin toss to start overtime was won by Moorefield and the visitors choose to go on defense first. Tucker Valley then took the field on offense and the Wildcats went to work.
Maddox Anderson then scored on an 18 yard touchdown run for Tucker Valley and the 2 point conversion failed to make the score 14-8 Wildcats. Moorefield then took the ball in the first overtime and the Yellowjackets answered on a 4 yard touchdown run. The 2 point conversion failed to keep the score at 14-14 and force a second overtime. In the second overtime Moorefield would go on offense first. The Tucker Valley defense then forced another Moorefield fumble and the Wildcats recovered to stop Yellowjackets. Tucker Valley then went on offense to try to win the game with a score. The Wildcats could not move the ball and the Moorefield defense held to force a third overtime as the score remained 14-14. Tucker Valley got the ball on offense first in the third overtime and went to work. The home team then scored on an Ashton Lycliter 1 yard touchdown run. The 2 point conversion was good on a pass from Ethan Rosenau to Garrett Wilfong to make the score 22-14 Tucker Valley.
Moorefield then went on offense with a chance to tie the game. The Yellowjackets then drove the ball down inside the Tucker Valley 5 yard line. Moorefield then were faced with a fourth and goal at the 2 yard line, but the Tucker Valley defense stopped the Yellowjackets to get the win in 3 overtimes. The win would give Tucker Valley the PVL Championship by the final score of 22-14.
Tucker Valley finished the season with a 8-1 record on the season and they were crowned the 2019 PVL Football Champions after the game. For more info visit TuckerCountySports.Com.