LEADING RUSHER: Shelby Valley's Dalton Meade (4) takes the handoff from quarterback Samuel Stanley (1) during the Wildcats' district loss to Prestonsburg. Giving chase on the play is Blackcat defender Bradley Jarrell (65).
Medical Leader│Photo by TEDDY PAYNTER

Blackcats turn over Valley

Teddy Paynter

ROBINSON CREEK — Prestonsburg took advantage of Shelby Valley turnovers and the Blackcats went on to beat the Wildcats, 34-17, in a district showdown at Teco Field on Oct. 6.


Running back Ethan Varney rushed 21 times for 155 yards and a pair of scores as the Blackcats improved to 4-3 overall and took command of the district.


Quarterback Drake Nunnery added 51 yards and a touchdown on just two carries while Ryne Slone rushed eight times for 40 yards.


Valley's one-two rushing attack of Seth Johnson and Dalton Meade combined for 330 yards. Meade carried 28 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns while Johnson rushed 32 times for 163 yards.


Meade's 15-yard run with 7 minutes, 29 seconds left in the first quarter gave Valley its only lead of 7-0. Valentin Lammich booted the PAT kick.


The Blackcats scored 22 points in the second period to take a 15-point, halftime lead.


Varney scored on a five-yard run with 8:19 to go and Nunnery's conversion pass to Slone put Prestonsburg ahead for good at 8-7.


Nunnery's 48-yard run with 1:44 left and Varney's conversion run pushed the lead to 16-7. Varney added a five-yard run with 48 seconds remaining to make it 22-7.


Meade scored on a 14-yard run with 9:28 to play in the third period to pull the Wildcats to within 22-14.


It didn't take Prestonsburg long to respond.


Brayden Slone took the ensuing kickoff and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown.


Valley's Lammich booted a 29-yard field goal to bring the Wildcats to within 28-17 after three quarters.


Ryne Slone's 14-yard run with 4:53 left sealed the win.


Prestonsburg will host East Ridge (4-3) tonight while Shelby Valley (3-4) welcomes Leslie County (4-4)




At Robinson Creek




PB (4-3)…...........................0 22 6 6 – 34


SV (3-4).........................….7 0 10 0 – 17




First Quarter


SV – Dalton Meade, 15-yard run (Valentin Lammich kick), 7:29


Second Quarter


PB – Ethan Varney, 5-yard run (Ryne Slone pass from Drake Nunnery), 8:19


PB – Drake Nunnery, 48-yard run (Ethan Varney run), 1:44


PB – Ethan Varney, 5-yard run (Ryne Slone run), :48


Third Quarter


SV – Dalton Meade, 14-yard run (Valentin Lammich kick), 9:28


PB – Brayden Slone, 80-yard kickoff return (run failed), 9:16


SV – Valentin Lammich, 29-yard field goal, 2:52


Fourth Quarter


PB – Ryne Slone, 14-yard run (pass failed), 4:53


Next up: Prestonsburg (4-3) vs. East Ridge (4-3); Shelby Valley (3-4) vs. Leslie County (4-4S), Oct. 13.