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CAMPBELL — Week one of league play in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference featured a huge clash between two of the league’s top title contenders.
The Eagles battle saw the Valley Christian Eagles take an early advantage in the conference race with a 36-17 win over United at Knapick Field on Saturday night.
Valley’s win keeps them unbeaten this season at 4-0 on aggregate and 1-0 in the EOAC. United suffered their first defeat to fall to 3-1 and 0-1 in the league.
“From the start of being here last year until now, the kids have really bought into it,” said valley coach Andy Hake. “I can’t say enough about them (United), but it’s a great way to start the league 1-0. We have a lot of testing left (this season), and we’ll enjoy that one. here tonight and come back tomorrow.
The contest was a hard-hitting affair with Valley taking control of the contest in the second half with a 1-yard run from Ja’Sean Lindsey on the first possession of the second half to increase their advantage to 28-10 at the 8:05 mark of the third quarter.
“We just had to take more back and start working harder,” Lindsey commented on the conversations at halftime. “It’s a huge win for us. We can win the conference with this huge win. It was a big one.
“They played physical for 48 minutes” said United manager DJ Ogilvie. “They matched our physique tonight, and that was the difference.”
Then it was Valley’s defense that stole the show when junior Marquez Gibson picked up a fumble from United and ran 42 yards for a touchdown and increased the lead to 36-10 with 7:34 remaining in the third frame. The fumble return for a touchdown was Gibson’s second in the past two games.
United added a 32-yard touchdown pass from Luke Courtney to Hayden Castro on the first play of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to the final score of 36-17. United appeared to have scored second again later after an onside kick recovery and 25-yard run from Brock Rhodes, but officials ruled out the touchdown due to an illegal substitution infraction.
“I told them you wanted to have a program,” Hake says of his team. “It was a program game. If you want to have a program, you have to show up at the games in the program. We had guys who really wanted to show everyone that we had a program.
Valley scored on three of his first four possessions of the game as Jhordan Peete scored on a 1-yard dive at 8:18 of the first quarter, Jon’Trell Mixon added a 3-yard run with 9:22 remaining in the second quarter and an 8-yard run from Lindsey with just eight seconds left before halftime.
United scored on their opening possession, an impressive 12-play, 60-yard drive with Courtney connecting with Grant Knight on a 10-yard pass to take and a 7-6 early lead at 4:09 of the first. quarter.
United added a 30-yard field goal by Courtney with 3:59 left in the second quarter to make it 14-10 in favor of Valley Christian. That kick came at the end of another 10-game long drive.
“We are in good health” Ogilvie said with a laugh that the positives of the game for his Eagles. “We are healthy in a difficult and hard-fought physical game like this. Being healthy is key.
United will be looking to bounce back as they host the Leetonia Bears this Friday night. Valley will play at home again on Saturday night against Lisbon.
UNITED: 7- 3- 0-7–17
VC-Jhordan Peete 8 run (blocked kick)
U-Grant Knight 10 passes from Luke Courtney (Courtney kick)
VC-Jon’Trell Mixon Track 3 (Mixon Track)
U-Courtney 30 field goal
VC-Ja’Sean Lindsey Race 8 (Race Failure)
VC-Lindsey 1 course (Lindsey course)
VC-Marques Gibbs 42 back fumble
U-Hayden Castro 32 pass from Courtney (Courtney kick)
First attempts 15 14
Total meters 230,291
Ruling yards 112,226
Passing 118 65
Comp-Att-Int 12-24-1 5-11-1
Flat 1-34 1-30
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 12-86 7-47
PREVIOUS – United, Luke Courtney 14-65; Valley, Ja’Sean Lindsey 17-130, Jhordan Peete 12-70.
PASSING–United, Luke Courtney 12-24-2-1; Valley, Jhordan Peete 5-11-65-0-1.
RECEPTION – United, Grant Knight 5-40 Hayden Castro 2-27, Brock Rhodes 3-15; Vallee, Phillip Spradley 2-29, VeShun Gurley 2-19.
INTERCEPTIONS United, Brock Rhodes; Vallee, Tyler Adams.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES-Valley, Marquez Gibbs.