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Bulldogs best Mountain Lions

The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley Tygarts Valley’s Daniel White fights for yardage against Tucker County Friday night at Bulldog Field in Mill Creek. The Bulldogs claimed a 34-6 victory.

MILL CREEK — Jace Swecker had 118 yards total offense and scored two touchdowns to help lead Tygarts Valley to a 34-6 win over Tucker County Friday night in both teams’ season opener at Bulldog Field.

The Bulldogs (1-0) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the contest when Daniel White scored the first of his two touchdowns on the night when he scampered in for a 2-yard score at the 9:36 mark of the second quarter.

Tygarts Valley extended the deficit to 13-0 just before the half when White hit paydirt again from 12 yards out with 1:27 left before intermission.

The Bulldogs wasted little time lighting the scoreboard to start the second half as Caden Boggs returned the opening kickoff 77 yards to make it a 20-0 advantage for the hosts.

With 43 seconds left in the third Tygarts Valley pushed its lead to 27-0 when quarterback Josh Bright connected with Swecker for a 25-yard touchdown pass.

The Mountain Lions finally got on the board with 5:31 left in regulation when Maddox Anderson caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Trenton Wilfong, making it 27-6 after a failed point-after.

The Bulldogs capped off the scoring in the contest on the ensuing drive when Bright connected with Swecker again, this time on a 13-yard touchdown with 4:04 remaining in the contest.

“Overall I was pretty happy with the way we played,” said Tygarts Valley coach Rodney Bright. “We were a little sloppy early on and the field being a mess had a lot to do with that. But we did what we needed to do. I was pleased with the way our line played on both sides of the ball.”

Bright had a solid night behind center for Tygarts Valley, completing 8-of-12 passes for 128 yards and a pair of scores. Swecker finished with three catches for 84 yards and had two rushed for 34 yards.

Boggs led the Bulldogs’ ground attack with 63 yards on 12 carries. White finished with 31 rushing yards and Bright ran for 27.

Wilfong led Tucker County with 70 yards passing and 43 yards on the ground. He completed 5-of-11 passes. Jeremey Liller added 34 yards rushing for the Mountain Lions (0-1), who will entertain Pocahontas County next Friday.

Tygarts Valley will remain home the same evening when they play host to Webster County. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. kickoffs.

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