Tucker pulls away from TV
MILL CREEK — Tucker County used a strong second half to post a 35-14 win over Tygarts Valley Friday night at Bulldog Field.
The Mountain Lions, who are now 2-0 on the season, led 14-6 at the intermission before outscoring the Bulldogs, 21-8, in the second half.
Tucker County jumped out to a 14-0 in the first quarter on touchdown runs by Cole Rapp and quarterback Liam Hood.
On the Mountain Lions’ first possession of the night, a 35-yard screen pass from Hood to Rapp set up a 5-yard score from Rapp with 9:05 left in the first canto.
After forcing a TV punt, Tucker County then drove 65 yards, with Hood capping the drive with a 10-yard scamper to extend the lead to 14-0 after Ben Callaway’s second conversion kick of the opening frame.
The Mountain Lions threatened to strike again late in the quarter but William Walden scooped up a fumble inside the 10-yard line and returned it to midfield.
Facing a third-and-15, Daniel White broke free for a 49-yard scamper for the Bulldogs’ initial first down of the evening.
White led all rushers in the night with 150 yards on the ground.
Sophomore quarterback Josh Bright then found Caden Boggs for a 6-yard score, cutting the deficit to 14-6 after the failed conversion.
Hood added a 2-yard run and also threw a touchdown pass to Callaway in the second half as Tucker County took control.
Tygarts Valley added a score with just three seconds left when Bright hit Brent Daniels for an 11-yard score.
Rapp led Tucker County on the ground with 80 yards on 14 totes, while Hunter Collar added 65.
Hood rushed for 40 yards and completed 8 of 11 passes for an additional 185 yards.
Rapp was his top target with four receptions for 113 yards.
Callaway and Jeff Snyder added two grabs each.
Bright completed 5 of 13 passes for 52 yards. Boggs and Elijah Scott had two receptions each.
Tygarts Valley will remain home on Friday to battle Webster County, while the Mountain Lions visit Northern (Md.) on the same evening.