Raiders shut down Rockets, 15-0

By Bryan Walters - [email protected]

WELLSTON, Ohio — No overtime needed this year.

After dropping a 33-32 heartbreaker to visiting Wellston one year ago, the River Valley football team made sure things weren’t nearly as close this time around as the Raiders pitched their third shutout of the season Friday night following a 15-0 victory in a Week 6 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division contest at C.H. Jones Field in Jackson County.

The visiting Raiders (5-1, 2-1 TVC Ohio) found themselves in a dog fight from the opening kick, as both teams showed early on that scoring points would not be easy to come by. In fact, both defenses were so stingy that neither squad managed over 200 yards of total offense on the night.

RVHS, however, came up with the first breakthrough in the scoring column late in the second quarter. Mark Wray capped a 10-play, 79-yard drive with a 2-yard run at the 3:57 mark of the second quarter, giving the Silver and Black a 7-0 halftime advantage.

The score remained that way through the third quarter and didn’t change until the 7:20 mark of the fourth. Jacob Dovenbarger managed to take down WHS quarterback Braydon Womeldorf in the Wellston end zone, which resulted in a safety and a 9-0 Raider lead.

River Valley hammered the nail in the coffin with 2:43 left in regulation after Justin Arrowood plunged in from one yard out, capping a 9-play, 38-yard drive for a 15-0 advantage.

It was just the third TVC Ohio win in River Valley’s history and also served as the first time that the Raiders were able to defeat Wellston in four head-to-head meetings. It’s also the first time that WHS (3-3, 0-2) have lost back-to-back games this fall.

RVHS finished the night with a 175-149 edge in total offense, but the Golden Rockets ended up controlling the ground game. The hosts rushed 47 times for 137 yards, while the Raiders had 120 yards on 41 attempts.

The guests were plus-1 in turnover differential and were flagged only three times for 31 yards, compared to 10 penalties and 70 yards for the Blue and Gold.

Arrowood led the Raiders with 105 yards on 25 carries, followed by Wray with 15 yards on 10 attempts. Dayton Hardway completed 5-of-7 passes for 55 yards, while Kirk Morrow led the wideouts with four catches for 59 yards.

Nick Cox paced WHS with 81 rushing yards on 12 carries, followed by Travis Jayjohn with 37 yards on five totes. Womeldorf was 2-of-4 passing for 12 yards, with Forrest Hale leading the host receivers with one catch for seven yards.

The Raiders — who have now matched last season’s win total — return to action Friday when they host Alexander in a pivotal TVC Ohio contest at 7:30 p.m.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters

[email protected]