Vikings vanquish River Valley, 41-13

By Paul Boggs -

McARTHUR, Ohio — Different things just seem to happen on Friday the 13th.

For the River Valley High School football team, it took until that particular date for the Raiders to lose to Vinton County as a member of the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division.

That’s because the Vikings, on the strength of both the arm and legs of quarterback Naylan Yates, vanquished visiting River Valley 41-13 in a TVC Ohio tilt on Friday night.

The Vikings stormed out to a 20-0 lead only 21 seconds into the second quarter, then tacked on 21 more points to answer the Raiders’ only touchdown through the first three periods.

For Yates, he threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two more, including a 68-yard sprint on the final play of the first half to balloon Vinton County’s lead to 34-6.

In the third quarter, with 7:36 showing, Jayden Spires scored from 11 yards out to make it 41-6, as Eli Downs delivered good on his fifth extra-point kick.

The Raiders recorded their other touchdown only 26 seconds into the fourth stanza, when Patrick Brown ran in from two yards out and Colton Gilmore made the extra point.

However, River Valley allowed 486 total yards, as Yates burned them for 205 rushing yards on 21 attempts, while completing 13-of-21 passes for 182.

The loss left the Raiders at 3-5 — and 1-4 in the TVC Ohio.

This is River Valley’s fourth season in the conference, but the first win for Vinton County over the Silver and Black in that same span.

Before Friday night, the Vikings had been the only club to have not defeated the Raiders since RVHS joined the TVC Ohio in 2014.

The Vikings evened their record to 4-4 — and 2-2 in the league.

In leaping out to the 20-0 advantage, Yates completed touchdown passes to Lincoln Hayes in the first quarter of nine and 16 yards.

The second occurred with only eight seconds left in the period, as Downs drilled the first of his five consecutive extra points.

But just 29 seconds later, Vinton County scored again, with Yates connecting with Nevan Yates for a 34-yard strike.

The Raiders got within two touchdowns only three minutes and 52 seconds later at the 8:47 mark, when Cole Young plunged in from four yards away to make it 20-6.

But Naylan Yates, prior to his 68-yard burst, punched in his first rushing TD — a 12-yarder — with two-and-a-half minutes left before halftime.

Spires added 17 carries for 91 yards, as Hayes had four receptions for 60 yards, while Hunter Nichols notched five for 53.

The Vikings grounded the Raiders to only 79 rushing yards on 24 attempts, as Brown boasted 47 yards on a dozen tries, while Young went for 31 on 11 totes.

While Brown did complete 12 of his 27 passes for 134 yards, including five to Dustin Barber for 75 yards, he did throw three interceptions.

The Raiders return home, and return to TVC Ohio Division action, next Friday night against Athens.

By Paul Boggs

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106