No. 1 Spring Valley takes 42-0 halftime lead in mauling of Riverside
SPRING VALLEY — Class AAA No. 1 Spring Valley played its third Kanawha County team in as many weeks Friday and rolled to an easy 42-21 victory over Riverside.
The game got out of hand early for the Warriors (1-5) when Graeson Malashevich returned a 66-yard punt for a Spring Valley (7-0) touchdown following a three-and-out for Riverside on the game’s opening possession.
Malashevich returned another punt deep into Riverside territory after the next Warriors possession. Malashevich scored on an 8-yard pass from Will Adkins for a 14-0 lead.
The sledding for the Riverside offense was difficult all night. The Warriors did not have positive yardage until facing the Timberwolves’ second team in the fourth quarter.
Riverside’s first four turns on offense ended with punts. The Warriors didn’t gain a first down until a targeting penalty was called on Spring Valley. The Warriors’ drive stalled there.
Rushing attempts by Javonte’ Elzy, Caden Easterling and anyone else clad in a white jersey was snuffed out by Spring Valley’s defense.
By the midway point of the second quarter, Spring Valley coach Brad Dingess had pulled all of his starters - but even the reserves found success against Riverside.
Hank Hinchman, a sophomore quarterback, scored on a 5-yard run that set the halftime score at 42-0.
Spring Valley used 11 different ball carriers, including four quarterbacks, as the game wore on.
Riverside finally got on the board in the third quarter when defensive back Kain Ford recovered a Spring Valley fumble and returned it 65 yards for a score.
Easterling ripped off runs of 19 and 42 yards to give Riverside its first possession inside the Spring Valley 20-yard line. Elzy punched it in from 3 yards out for the score.
Elzy found Cody Blankenship with a 26-yard pass for the final score of the game.
RIVERSIDE 0 0 7 14 - 21
SPRING VALLEY 21 21 0 0 - 42
SV - Malashevich 66 punt return (Porter kick).
SV - Malashevich 8 pass from Adkins (Porter kick).
SV - Chafin 5 run (Porter kick).
SV - Ellis 26 pass from Malashevich (Porter kick).
SV - Howard 5 run (Porter kick).
SV - Hinchman 5 run (Porter kick).R - Ford 65 fumble return (Powell kick).
R - Ford 65 fumble recovery (Powell kick)
R - Elzy 3 run (Powell kick).
R - Blankenship 26 pass from Elzy (Powell kick).