2018-10-05 / Sports

Irmo sinks Spring Valley

By Tim Gochnaur

Irmo’s John Ragin Jr. runs in the open field against Spring Valley. 
Photo by Jim Marczesky Irmo’s John Ragin Jr. runs in the open field against Spring Valley. Photo by Jim Marczesky Irmo quarterback John Ragin led an 80-yard drive in the last 3:23 of the game, capped off with a 22- yard touchdown pass to OD Dollison with 14 seconds to go, as the Yellow Jackets sunk the Spring Valley Vikings 31-28 in a Region 4-5A football clash Friday night, September 28 at Harry Parone Stadium.

On the first possession of the game, Irmo cornerback Edward Grigsby intercepted a pass and returned it 52 yards for a score. The extra point gave Irmo a 7-0 lead.

Two plays into the second quarter, the Yelllow Jackets’ Oka Emmanwori picked up a Viking fumble and raced 33 yards for six. Angel Camarena added the conversion kick for a 14-0 lead.

The Viking ground attack began to gain traction on the next drive, as Anthony Wilson galloped in from 17 yards out for the Vikings’ first score, capping a 66-yard drive. The ever-present Emmanwori broke through to block the conversion kick for the Jackets as the score stood at 14-6 in favor of Irmo.

Spring Valley’s Adrian Ross bursts through a hole against the Irmo defense. 
Photo by Jim Marczesky Spring Valley’s Adrian Ross bursts through a hole against the Irmo defense. Photo by Jim Marczesky The Yellow Jackets could not move on their next possession, and a short punt gave the Vikings the ball at the Irmo 45. Seven plays later, Wilson trotted across the goal line again, this time from 32 yards. The 2-point conversion pass failed.

Irmo took the ensuing kickoff at its own 20, and then the circus began with three fumbles on the next four plays–Irmo to Spring Valley, back to Irmo on the next play, and back to Spring Valley two plays later. Alex Herrera hit a 32- yard field goal with 36 seconds left to give the Vikings a 15-14 lead headed to halftime.

The Jackets began a 12-play drive midway in the third quarter, starting at their own 18 before the drive died 5:23 later at the Vikings’ 7-yard line. Camarena punched through a 25-yard field goal with 3:11 in the quarter to give Irmo the lead.

Every possession led to a score in the fourth quarter. Adrian Ross scored from three yards for the Vikings, Herrera added the PAT, and the Vikings led 22- 17 with 10:54 left in the game.

The running of Ragin and Dollison brought the Jackets from their own 20 to first and goal at the Vikings’ two. Dollison ran in from there, and Camarena added the PAT kick.

To break the monotony of Spring Valley’s “six yards and a cloud of dust” ground game–Viking rushers carried the mail 53 times for 341 yards–Coach Robin Bacon is occasionally prone to reach in the bag of tricks. It happened when TJ Wise took the pitch, ran right, and threw a halfback option to a wide-open Malik Wesley, a 42-yard scoring strike, capped with a Herrera conversion kick, giving the Vikings a 28-24 lead. That set the stage for the Ragin–Dollison last minute heroics that gave Irmo the win.

Irmo improves to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the region. The Yellow Jackets visit Blythewood on October 5. Spring Valley falls to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in Region 4-5A. The Vikings have a date on the road with the Lugoff-Elgin Blue Demons Friday, October 5.

Irmo 31,
Spring Valley 28

          1  2  3  4  Final
Ir       7 7 3 14 31
SV    0 15 0 13 28

First Quarter
I: Edward Grigsby 52-yard interception return. (Extra point was

Second Quarter
I: Oka Emmanwori 33-yard fumble
return. (Extra point was good).
SV: Anthony Wilson 17-yard run.
(Extra point was no good).
SV: Wilson 32-yard run. (2-point
conversion was no good).
SV: Alex Herrera 32-yard field

Third Quarter:
I: Angel Camarena 25-yard field

Fourth Quarter
SV: Adrian Ross 3-yard run. (2-
point conversion was no good).
I: OD Dollison 2-yard run. (Extra
point was good).
SV: TJ Wise 42-yard pass to
Malik Wesley. (Extra point was
I: John Ragin 22-yard pass to OD
Dollison 2-yard run. (Extra point
was good).

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