Wolves storm past St. Albans, 60-6
SPRING VALLEY - It didn’t take long for Spring Valley to score its first points Friday night when the Class AAA No. 1 Timberwolves rolled to a 60-6 victory over St. Albans on Homecoming at the Wolves Den.
Spring Valley (7-0) turned to Graeson Malashevich to get the offense going and he responded with a 57-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage to take the 7-0 lead 19 seconds into the game.
That play set the prelude to a wild first quarter.
Spring Valley proved to be sloppy with the football fumbling three times -- losing two -- and tossing an interception. On the fumble the Timberwolves managed to recover. Quarterback Nate Ellis scooped up a ball that came loose as he dropped back to pass and scrambled 22 yards for a touchdown. That made the lead 14-0.
Will Adkins started the first two drives at QB for the Timberwolves and tossed the interception one play after Spring Valley had recovered a St. Albans fumble.
A St. Albans punt hit a Spring Valley player downfield blocking giving the Red Dragons another takeaway. Regardless of the breaks St. Albans (1-6) got, they were unable to move the ball against a Spring Valley starting defense that was in the Red Dragons’ backfield practically every play.
In St. Albans’ seven first half drives the Red Dragons punted six times and fumbled once. St. Albans had no first downs as of halftime.
The Red Dragons didn’t move the chains until QB Caden McCoy rushed for 13 yards on a second-and-12 with 7:30 to go in the third quarter.
McCoy’s touchdown with a running clock in the fourth quarter gave the Red Dragons their only points.
Malashevich’s TD on the game’s opening drive was the first of his three scores.
With 1:39 left in the opening quarter, the senior caught a 25-yard TD pass from Adkins that made the score 28-0 at that point. After a St. Albans punt pinned the Timberwolves down inside their own 1-yard-line, Malashevich took a handoff and went 99 yards for a score that would prove to be the final score of a shortened first half.
Following Adkins’ scoring pass to Malashevich, St. Albans lineman Jace Withrow collapsed on the field. The game was delayed until the freshman was removed from the field by a Ceredo Fire-Rescue ambulance.
St. Albans coaches and staff reported that Withrow suffered a concussion.
The first half was halted with 7:04 to play when St. Albans senior wide receiver Cayden Doub was injured on a screen pass and also removed by ambulance. There was no update on his condition but Doub was seen moving on the turf before being removed from the field.
Spring Valley played the second half with reserves and the fourth quarter.
The Timberwolves will be off next Friday before traveling to Point Pleasant on Oct. 26.
ST. ALBANS 0 0 0 6 -- 6
SPRING VALLEY 28 7 19 6 -- 60
SV -- Malashevich 57 run (Porter kick).
SV -- Ellis 22 run (Porter kick).
SV -- Howard 6 run (Porter kick).
SV -- Malashevich 25 pass from Adkins (Porter kick).
SV -- Malashevich 99 run (Porter kick).
SV -- Adams 1 run (Porter kick).
SV -- Hall 5 run (no try).
SV -- Christopher 33 run (no try).
SA -- McCoy 15 run (kick blocked).