Cavaliers' huge third quarter sinks Vikings
The Richland Northeast Cavaliers scored 27 points in the third quarter and just about every way possible en route to a 43- 0 victory against their rival, the Spring Valley Vikings, at Harry Parone Stadium Friday, August 29. Spring Valley 0 Richland Northeast 43
Due to the fact the Cavaliers and Vikings are now in separate regions, the rival game, which is usually reserved for the final regular season contest of the year, was played on the opening week. That may have led to a shaky start for both teams.
The Cavaliers fumbled on the second play of the game, but the Vikings returned the favor three plays later when Joe Cunningham's pass was intercepted by Trey Thompson.
The Cavaliers then drove to the Spring Valley 14- yard line, but Gee Gee Greene was stopped on a fourth- and- four run giving the ball back to the Vikings.
A holding call backed the Vikings to their own five- yard line. Then on third- and- 15, Cunningham scrambled in the end zone and as he tried to avoid pressure from Richland Northeast linebacker Harrison Oxendine, he tossed up a pass that defensive lineman Dontrail McDaniel intercepted and scooted in the end zone to give the Cavaliers a 6- 0 lead.
The Vikings recovered another Richland Northeast fumble to start the second quarter, but failed to convert at the Cavalier 33- yard line. Quarterback Kersean Wilson drove Richland Northeast to the Spring Valley 27- yard line, but a penalty and a sack pushed the Cavaliers back to the 39- yard line. On fourth- and- 21, Wilson executed a perfect pooch punt from shotgun, and the Vikings fumbled it, giving Richland Northeast a first- and- goal from the five yard line. Greene punched it in and Richland Northeast led 13- 0 at halftime.
The Cavaliers stopped the Vikings on their opening possession of the second half, then marched 46 yards in a little over a minute. Cavalier receiver Rickey Gunn ran a reverse that netted 39 yards and set Richland Northeast up with a first- and- goal from the ten- yard line. Wilson finished the drive with a 10- yard touchdown run to put the Cavaliers up 19- 0.
The Vikings then drove to the Richland Northeast 26- yard line, but the drive stalled out. Richland Northeast responded with an 11- play, 73- yard drive. Darius Wright ran five straight times for 23 yards and a touchdown to end the drive and put the Cavaliers up 33- 0.
Things got worse and worse for the Vikings as they stepped out of bounds at their own five yard line on the ensuing kickoff. Four plays later, Kenny Upshaw returned the Viking punt 35 yards for another Cavalier touchdown putting the route at 40- 0 to end the third quarter.
Richland Northeast added a Daniel Passament field goal at the 6:36 mark of the fourth quarter to end the scoring.
Wilson rushed 12 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Greene added 86 yards and a touchdown on 16 rushes. The Cavalier defense held Spring Valley to 129 total yards of offense and forced five turnovers. Michael Darbey had five tackles.
Spring Valley's Fred Williams finished with 11.5 tackles.