Valley’s Dalton Meade takes the handoff from Sam Stanley at East Ridge.

Big second half lifts Valley

Teddy Paynter

LICK CREEK — Shelby Valley running back Seth Johnson scored a touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half to ignite 28 unanswered points, leading the Wildcats to a 42-12 win over East Ridge in a game played at the Reservation on Oct. 20.


The Warriors, now 4-5, kept the football away from the Wildcats (5-4) for much of the opening half.


Johnson finished with 179 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries while Clay Morgan and Dalton Meade each rushed for 48 yards and a pair of scores.


East Ridge was led by Mickey Thompson's 91 yards and one touchdown on 12 rushes while Zach Ramey finished with 65 yards on 14 carries.


Shelby Valley extended its seven-point halftime lead to 28 during a five-minute span in the third quarter.


Morgan ran 47 yards for a touchdown with 6 minutes 42 seconds left to push the Wildcats up 14-0. Meade followed with a four-yard run with 3:54 left and Johnson raced 41 yards with 1:29 remaining to extend the lead to 28-0.


Thompson's 54-yard run with 10:39 left to play put East Ridge on the board, cutting the deficit to 28-6.


Valley came right back as Morgan scored on a two-yard run with 8:24 remaining to make it 35-6. Meade added an 11-yard TD run with 6:14 on the clock to push the Wildcats up 42-6.


East Ridge running back C.J. Branham ran 31 yards with 2:13 left to close out the scoring.


Both teams are back in action tonight as Shelby Valley plays at Boyd County (0-9) and East Ridge journeys to Knott County Central (5-4).




At Lick Creek




SV (5-4)…...........................0 7 21 14 – 42


ER (4-5)…...........................0 0 0 12 – 12




First Quarter


No scoring


Second Quarter


SV – Seth Johnson, 57-yard run (Valentin Lammich kick), :15


Third Quarter


SV – Clay Morgan, 47-yard run (Valentin Lammich kick), 6:42


SV – Dalton Meade, 4-yard run (Valentin Lammich kick), 3:54


SV – Seth Johnson, 41-yard run (Valentin Lammich kick), 1:29


Fourth Quarter


ER – Mickey Thompson, 54-yard run (pass failed), 10:39


SV – Clay Morgan, 2-yard run (Valentin Lammich kick), 8:24


SV – Dalton Meade, 11-yard run (Valentin Lammich kick), 6:14


ER – C.J. Branham, 31-yard run (pass failed), 2:13


Next up: Shelby Valley (5-4) at Boyd County (0-9); East Ridge (4-5) at Knott County Central (5-4), Oct. 27.