HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Tug defense shuts down Phelps

Teddy Paynter

PHELPS — Tug Valley's defense made a statement early on in its matchup with Phelps.


The Panthers turned away the Hornets inside the 10-yard line on the first offensive series of the game and went on to score a 20-7 victory in a game played at Marty Casey Stadium on Sept. 15.


Tug Valley, now 3-1, used a balanced rushing attack to grab a 14-0 halftime lead.


Running back Noah Lucas ran 39 yards for a touchdown early in the second period and Nathan Muscat came in at quarterback and hit starter Jonathan Blankenship with a 16-yard scoring play. He then passed to Kyle Sturgell for the conversion.


Muscat completed four of five passes for 95 yards. Lucas rushed 10 times for 65 yards.


Running back Chris Ellis was a workhorse for the Panthers. He carried 10 times and finished 92 yards.


Phelps cut the deficit in half on Peyton Rife's three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Dylan New's PAT kick made it 14-7. Rife had nine carries for 32 yards.


Running back Dominic Francis rushed nine times for 59 yards to lead the Hornets, now 3-1.


Tug Valley pushed its lead to 20-7 on Blankenship's one-yard pass to Blake Dingess.


The Panthers will play at Tolsia tonight. Phelps is idle. The Hornets play at Fairview (2-2) on Sept. 29.




At Phelps




TV (3-1)….................................0 14 0 6 – 20


PH (3-1)….................................0 0 7 0 – 7




First Quarter


No scoring


Second Quarter


TV – Noah Lucas, 39-yard run (run failed)


TV – Jonathan Blankenship, 16-yard pass from Nathan Muscat (Kyle Sturgell pass from Nathan Muscat)


Third Quarter


PH – Peyton Rife, 3-yard run (Dylan New kick)


Fourth Quarter


TV – Blake Dingess, 1-yard pass from Jonathan Blankenship (kick failed)


Next up: Tug Valley (3-1) at Tolsia (1-3), Sept. 22; Phelps (3-1) at Fairview (2-2), Sept .29.