Wolves blank Highlanders, 36-0
SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley passed its latest test.
Will Adkins completed 12 of 19 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns Friday night to lead the usually run-oriented Timberwolves to a 36-0 victory over Huntington High in the Class AAA high school football playoff quarterfinals at the Wolves Den.
The second-seeded Timberwolves (12-0) move to the semifinals to entertain the winner of Saturday’s game featuring Hedgesville at Capital. The semifinal showdown will be played either Friday or Saturday.
Spring Valley dominated, outgaining the No. 7 Highlanders 400 yards to 54. HHS rushed for minus-7
Graeson Malashevich of the Timberwolves caught seven passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. The versatile senior also ran for a score. Senior running back Owen Chafin carried 23 times for 127 yards and one touchdown.
Spring Valley kept Huntington High (8-4) off balance in the first half, running 16 times and throwing 15 passes. The balance resulted in 243 yards, 170 via the air.
The Highlanders meanwhile gained little in the first two quarters on their way to 37 total yards for the game. Spring Valley’s defensive front dominated, stuffing the HHS ground game and spoiling the return of Highlanders’ senior running back Ty Wilcoxon, who missed most of the season because of a fractured ankle.
After stopping Huntington High on the Highlanders initial drive, the Timberwolves went 68 yards in seven plays, with Malashevich running for a 5-yard touchdown to cap it. Zane Porter’s extra point gave Spring Valley a 7-0 lead.
Spring Valley boosted its lead to 14-0 on Will Adkins’ 20-yard touchdown pass to Malashevich with 9:10 left in the second quarter. The Highlanders appeared to have double coverage, but the defensive backs collided, leaving Malashevich open in the end zone.
Adkins and Malashevich teamed up again on a 16-yard scoring pass with just 11 seconds left before halftime to make it 21-0.
Any hopes Huntington High had of a second-half comeback dissipated with Spring Valley’s first drive of the third quarter. A five-play, 64-yard trek was capped by Adkins’ 1-yard jump pass to Tyrus Baumgardner. The extra point kick bounced off the upright, making the score 27-0.
The Timberwolves scored again on their next drive, which began with a 19-yard pass from Adkins to Parker Elmore and ended with five consecutive Chafin carries, including a 4-yard run for a touchdown to make it 34-0 with 5:20 left in the third quarter.
Spring Valley set the score with 4:57 left in the game when the Highlanders were called for holding in the end zone, resulting in a safety.