Cougars defeat Bulldogs, 36-3

MILL CREEK – The Bulldogs of Tygarts Valley High fell to the visiting fourth-ranked Cougars of East Hardy Friday night by a final of 36-3.

The home team kept it close into the second quarter but could not keep up with the Cougars’ passing attack.

After both teams had drives stall, East Hardy took possession after an Owen Arbogast interception at the TV 48-yard line. The Cougars moved the ball downfield, and with 5:27 on the first-quarter clock, East Hardy’s Cole Collier hit Tyler Murphy in stride from 30 yards out for the game’s first score. The two-point conversion failed.

The Bulldogs registered their field goal in the second quarter when they started a drive on their own 29-yard line and were immediately aided by a 15 yard face-mask penalty. Derrick Villarico had a left sweep of 22 yards down to the East Hardy 11-yard line but TV could get no further and the Bulldogs settled for three.

The visitors scored again with 1:38 to play in the half on a 24 yard pass from Collier to Dakota Zirkle. This was set up when a Bulldog punt was blocked by East Hardy’s Jake Sager. The two-point conversion was good and the score at the half was 14-3.

The Cougars scored on their first two possession of the second half.

The first occurred on a 29-yard pass from Collier to Tyler Smith. Collier later added a short run.

East Hardy tacked on another touchdown and two-point conversion with 5:44 left in the game on a Collier to Smith combination.

For the game, Collier was 14 for 26 passing for 248 yards, and Sager rushed six times for 106 yards.

Tygarts Valley will return to action Thursday at Gilmer County.