2018-09-07 / Sports

Spring Valley dispatches Brookland-Cayce

By Tim Gochnaur


Brookland-Cayce’s Jo Pradbrusi tries to make a catch with one hand while Spring Valley’s Marquel Brown makes a diving attempt. 
Photo by Jim Marczesky Brookland-Cayce’s Jo Pradbrusi tries to make a catch with one hand while Spring Valley’s Marquel Brown makes a diving attempt. Photo by Jim Marczesky Spring Valley quarterback Alex Herrera threw two touchdowns to Malik Wesley and kicked seven extra points in leading the Vikings to a 49-35 win over the Brookland-Cayce Bearcats Friday night, August 31 at Harry Parone Stadium on the Spring Valley campus.

“Yeah, I think we were a little embarrassed after last week’s performance,” Spring Valley head coach Robin Bacon said. “But Brookland-Cayce is a really good football team. They are very well coached and have a lot of good athletes. This is a good win for our program. I was really proud of the effort and the way our guys played tonight.”

The Vikings made an early statement with two first quarter scores on their first two drives. Running back Anthony Wilson punched in from three yards out to cap a 58-yard drive. Herrera added the first of his PAT kicks for a 7- 0 lead.


Spring Valley’s Isaiah Miller breaks away from the grip of Brookland- Cayce’s Dez Moore. 
Photo by Jim Marczsky Spring Valley’s Isaiah Miller breaks away from the grip of Brookland- Cayce’s Dez Moore. Photo by Jim Marczsky The Vikings forced another Bearcats’ punt, and five plays later, Herrera played pitch-and-catch with Wesley from nine yards out for the Vikings’ second score.

The Bearcats answered with a six-play, 67- yard drive, as Will Way scored on a 9–yard run and Caleb Hunnicutt added the first of his five conversion kicks.

The Vikings then went three-for-three on scoring drives in the first quarter, grinding up 53 yards in five plays and 1:24, as Skylar Mack crossed the goal line from six yards as time ran out in the quarter.

In the second quarter, Viking running back Isaiah Miller found a clear path to the end zone from 18 yards out, his first of two scores on the night. Miller would finish the game with 11 carries for 98 yards, and the Vikings would roll up 355 yards for the game on 38 carries.

The Bearcats fought back on an eight-play, 80- yard drive, capped off with quarterback Reed Charpia sneaking in from the 1- yard line.

The Spring Valley ground machine rumbled to life again, starting at its own 27-yard line. Runs by Herrera, TJ Wise, Adrian Ross, Skylar Mack, and Miller brought the Vikings to the Bearcats’ 13-yard line. Miller finished the drive with his second rushing touchdown, as the Vikings took a 35-14 lead into halftime.

The Bearcats’ Keon Middleton snared some momentum with an interception in the third quarter. Seven plays and 51 yards later, it was Charpiato Joe-Pradubsri on an 18- yard scoring pass with 8:09 left in the third quarter.

On the ensuing possession, the Vikings scored five plays later when Herrera found Wesley from 36 yards out, giving Spring Valley a 42-21 lead.

Brookland- Cayce answered with its most impressive drive of the game, a 13-play, 80-yard expedition culminating in a Charpia-to-Paul-Edwards touchdown pass from 11 yards with 14 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Vikings got their final score early in the fourth quarter on a 21-yard run by Ross with 9:05 left in the game.

The Bearcats cut into the deficit with an 84-yard drive that ended with a 14- yard pass from Charpia to Malachi Brown.

“He is a competitor and is going to keep trying hard,” Charpia said of his quarterback’s performance. “I know it hurts to lose because this team really feels like they can win all the time, but sometimes you learn more in a loss than you do in a win. We got out of here with no injuries, and we are going to get ready for Irmo next week.”

Herrera completed 5- of-9 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed the ball three times for 14 yards. Miller rushed 14 times for 98 yards and three touchdowns. Wesley caught five passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

For the Bearcats, Charpia was 26-for-41 for 324 yards and three touchdowns. Will Way rushed 16 times for 58 yards and a touchdown. Pradubsri led the receivers with seven catches for 77 yards and a touchdown.

“We made some mistakes, but our kids hang together and never gave up,” Charpia said. “We did not do a very good job of stopping them. We have stopped that offense before, but right now we have to fix some things. I always tell the kids if the other team doesn’t score more than 21 or 28, we are probably going to win.”

The Bearcats, now 2- 1 on the season, host the Irmo Yellow Jackets Friday, September 7.

That evening, Spring Valley, 1-1, will host Richland Northeast.

Spring Valley 49,
Brookland-Cayce 35

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First Quarter
SV: Anthony Wilson 3-yard run.
(Extra point was good).
SV: Alex Herrera 9-yard pass to
Malik Wesley. (Extra point was
good).
BC: Will Way 9-yard run. (Extra
point was good).
SV: Skylar Mack 6-yard run.
(Extra point was good).

Second Quarter
SV: Isaiah Miller 18-yard run.
(Extra point was good).
BC: Reed Charpia 1-yard run.
(Extra point was good).
SV: Miller 13-yard run. (Extra
point was good).

Third Quarter:
BC: Charpia 18-yard pass to Joe
Pradubsri. (Extra point was good).
SV: Herrera 36-yard pass to
Wesley. (Extra point was good).

Fourth Quarter
BC: Charpia 11-yard pass to Paul
Edwards. (Extra point was good).
SV: Adrain Ross 21-yard run.
(Extra point was good).
BC: Charpia 14-yard pass to
Malachi Brown. (Extra point was
good).

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