MILL CREEK - Ronnie Nicholas ran for 184 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Tygarts Valley past Pendleton County 30-6 Wednesday night in middle school football action at Bulldog Field.
The Bulldogs (1-0) jumped out to an early lead when Caleb Riggleman returned a punt 64 yards with 5:46 left in the first quarter. Thomas Tenney ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
Nicholas scored the first of his three touchdowns in the contest when he broke free for a 71-yard score with 2:04 remaining in the opening stanza. The two-point conversion failed and Tygarts Valley led 14-0
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Tygarts Valley Middle School’s Ronnie Nicholas, right, looks to pick up some yards as teammate Zac McCauley delivers a block Wednesday night in the Bulldogs’ season-opening 30-6 win over Pendleton County at Bulldog Field. Tygarts Valley will travel to Belington next Wednesday.
Pendleton County (0-2) got on the scoreboard when Luke Cooper found his brother, Trey Cooper, for a 31-yard touchdown reception with 7:52 left in the half. The point after failed and the Bulldogs held to a 14-6 lead.
Tygarts Valley pushed the deficit to 22-6 when Nicholas found the end zone again, this time from 35 yards out with 3:20 left in the half. Marcus Reynolds ran in the two-point conversion.
Nicholas capped off the scoring for the Bulldogs when he scored his last touchdown of the game on a 4-yard scamper with 2:02 left in the third quarter. Another Reynolds two-point conversion made it 30-6.
Tenney added 38 yards rushing on the ground for the Bulldogs.
Reynolds and Jerad Taylor had six tackles each, while Darrell Martin chipped in with five stops for the Bulldogs.
Nicholas chipped in with four tackles, while Jace Stanley had a blocked punt for Tygarts Valley. Taylor, Martin and Hunter Davis had sacks.
Luke Cooper had 39 yards rushing and 31 yards passing for Pendleton County. Trey Cooper followed with 18 yards rushing.
Pendleton County will travel to Tucker Valley next Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest.
Tygarts Valley visits Belington the same night. Kickoff for that contest is slated for 7 p.m. at Philip Barbour High School.