Timberwolves show offensive balance in 62-21 victory
But if the Timberwolves wanted to prove that they could sling the ball around some to balance its punishing ground attack, then Friday’s performance certainly got that point across.
Senior quarterback Will Adkins completed 9 of 13 passes for 302 yards and five touchdowns as the Timberwolves looked right at home settled into an aerial battle against George Washington and quarterback Grant Wells in an eventual 62-21 win for Spring Valley.
Buoyed by that air assault, Class AAA No. 5 Spring Valley churned up 508 total yards
The first half was highlighted by big mistakes and even bigger scoring plays
The teams combined to turn the ball over five times in the opening 24 minutes, but nine touchdowns were scored with seven coming from 20 yards or more and six from at least 41 yards.
Surprisingly, the Timberwolves, normally known for a ground-and-pound, time-consuming, methodical attack, were responsible for scores of 44, 65, 48 and 74 yards in the opening two quarters.
Adkins, a transfer from Ashland listed at 6-foot-5, 233 pounds, tossed for four first-half scores with Graeson Malashevich on the receiving end of three of them.
The teams combined to score 48 points in the second quarter with GW (2-3) scoring twice to momentarily cut the Timberwolves’ lead to one score after Spring Valley built a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
But Spring Valley was far too explosive and by the time Owen Chafin sprinted 74 yards with 1:41 until halftime to cap a wild second quarter, the Timberwolves were ahead comfortably at 41-21.
That 20-point lead grew larger on the second play from scrimmage, a 56-yard touchdown throw from Adkins to who else, Malashevich and from there, Spring Valley settled back into its ball-hogging ways and ground down any fight GW’s defense might have still had.
A running clock was instituted in the fourth quarter and after GW punted on the first play, Spring Valley bled all but 2:13 away.
Malashevich finished with four receptions, for 178 yards and all four went for touchdowns.
Nathan Ellis, Spring Valley’s other quarterback who started Friday night’s game under center, also hauled in a touchdown pass from 48 yards out in the first half.
Chafin led the Timberwolves (5-0) on the ground, racking up 153 yards and two
touchdowns on 11 carries.
Isaac Howard rushed just five times for 20 yards but did register a pair of scores on the ground.
Wells did his fair share of damage for GW as well, hitting on 21 of 35 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns, but he was also intercepted three times.
Wells also led the Patriots in rushing with 71 yards on nine carries and a scocre.
Running back Aidan Johnson was limited to just 25 yards on three carries but hauled in a team-best eight receptions for 76 yards.