Wolves overcome early errors then wear down Black Eagles
SOUTH CHARLESTON — There wasn’t a lot to do at halftime in terms of adjustments for Spring Valley coach Brad Dingess and his staff.
Most of what the Timberwolves were doing was working — when Spring Valley wasn’t working against itself that is.
So, holding just a 13-7 lead at halftime, the Timberwolves cut down some of the miscues that plagued them in the first half, and, eventually, its ball-hogging rushing attack wore down a game South Charleston defense in a 42-14 decision for visiting Spring Valley on Friday night.
Statistically, Spring Valley enjoyed its normal gorging on the ground, racking up 366 rushing yards with five Timberwolves rushing for at least 50 yards, led by Owen Chafin’s 78 on 14 carries.
But hidden in the grand totals were a bevy of mistakes that hurt Spring Valley early including three first-half fumbles. The Timberwolves were also penalized 14 times for 146 yards.
In many ways, it was a characteristic opening half for the ball-hogging Spring Valley offense.
The Timberwolves rolled up a 17:41 to 6:19 advantage in time of possession and rolled up 216 yards, all on the ground, compared to 30 total yards for South Charleston.
But the positives were equaled by some unusual mistakes for Spring Valley (4-0).
Each of the Timberwolves’ three featured backs — Graeson Malashevich, Isaac Howard and Chafin — fumbled once in the first half with Chafin’s coming on the second play from scrimmage.
South Charleston’s Romeo Dunham recovered and returned the ball to the Spring Valley 28-yard line and five plays later, Jayden Johnson punched into the end zone from a yard out to give the Black Eagles (0-4) an early 7-0 advantage.
That would be about it for offensive highlights for SC though despite being handed several golden opportunities.
Howard fumbled on the South Charleston 34 on the ensuing drive but SC was limited to a three-and-out.
That’s when the Timberwolves went on one of their long, signature marches, this one spanning 13 plays and 52 yards capped by a one-yard scoring plunge from Howard to tie things up at 7.
The Timberwolves took the lead with 3:10 left in the second quarter on a 14-play, 78-yard drive with Malashevich diving in from one yard out to provide the finishing touch.
In the second half, Spring Valley scored on four of its five drives with Luke Christopher scoring on touchdown runs of 3 and 12 yards, Chafin getting in from 7 yards and Brodie Brumfield scoring on a 1-yard dive.
Johnson scored South Charleston’s second-half touchdown on a run of 2 yards and finished with 41 yards on 16 carries to lead a Black Eagles’ offense that mustered just 70 total yards.