By Don Dopf. Pictures by Angie Bumgarner
In spite of having no scheduled games of their own, the Tri-Valley Junior Varsity boys have gotten in on their fair share of playing time this season. Taking over mid to late third quarter in nearly every varsity game so far this year, this squad is racking up some serious experience.
Council’s varsity forfeit Friday offered up a great full-game opportunity for the JV boys and they responded with a convincing 36-22 victory over the Lumberjacks on Council’s field.
A 16-point third quarter blew open a slim 6-point Titan lead at halftime and Council’s 8-point advantage in the final quarter was too little, too late, and Tri-Valley notched the win.
Graysan Brown turned in a stellar performance, rushing for 125 yards and three touchdowns, and hauled in a Jarret Mink pass for a two-point conversion. Supplementing Grayson’s ground game were Jarret Mink with 41 yards, Hunter Clinton with 36, and Orion Southwick with 34.
Jarret Mink rushed for one touchdown and connected on three of seven pass attempts for 101 more yards of offense, which included a touchdown throw to Michael Carpenter and an extra-point conversion to Graysan Brown. Carpenter ended the evening as the top receiver with 79 yards while Orion Southwick caught for 19. Southwick also rushed for a two-point conversion.
Hunter Clinton was unstoppable on defense, leading all tacklers with 13, an assist, and two sacks. Orion Southwick and Michael Carpenter backed him up with nine each while Joseph Rodgers had seven, which included two sacks and a pass tip. Tyrel Barnett chipped in with six tackles and an assist.
Coach Johnson says, “It was nice to see our JVs finally get a game of their own to play. They made the most of it by playing inspired football; especially in the second half.”
Next Friday evening the Titans will face their strongest opponent so far this season when they take on Salmon River in their final regular-season road game. The Savages clubbed Garden Valley 46-14 Friday night and they’ll be looking to spoil Tri-Valley’s perfect season.
Game time is 7:00 p.m. and the Titans can use all the support from home they can get. Dress warm!!