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Bulldogs blank Highlanders to move to 2-0 on the season

The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley Tygarts Valley’s Josh Bright attempts to break free from a Webster County defender after making an interception Friday night at Bulldog Field in Mill Creek. The Bulldogs captured a 59-0 win over the Highlanders.

MILL CREEK — Josh Bright accounted for 222 yards total offense and four scores as Tygarts Valley rolled to a 59-0 win over Webster County Friday night at Bulldog Field.

After holding the Highlanders (0-2) to a three-and-out on the opening drive of the game, the Bulldogs (2-0) scored on their second offensive play of the contest when Josh Bright connected with Caden Boggs for a 46-yard touchdown at the 9:07 mark.

Tygarts Valley pushed the lead to 14-0 in its next drive when Daniel White took the ball in the end zone from 1-yard out. White bobbled the ball while crossing the stripe but was able to fall on the pigskin for the score.

With 5:13 remaining in the second quarter, the Bulldogs pushed the lead to 21-0 when Bright and Boggs hooked again for another score, this time from 24 yards out. Bright helped set up the scoring drive after intercepting a pass from Webster County’s Isaiah Mathes.

Tygarts Valley struck paydirt once again just before the half when White rumbled in for a 20-yard touchdown with 1:32 left in the second quarter.

A Highlander fumble on the first play of their ensuing drive gave the ball back to the Bulldogs, who wasted little time lighting the scoreboard again as Bright took the first-down play in for a 40-yard score, pushing the lead 34-0.

Webster County coughed up the ball again on its first play of the ensuing drive. But this time it was the Bulldog defense putting up the points as a Conner Bell fumble was scooped up by Paden Haney, who raced in for a 24-yard touchdown that made it 41-0 with 48 seconds to go in the half.

Not much changed after intermission as the quick-strike theme continued for Tygarts Valley in the second half. On the very first play of the third quarter, Bright threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Aiden Row that extended the margin to 48-0 and ended the night for most of the Bulldogs’ first teamers.

Kicker Liam Depp forced the Highlanders to start deep in their own end with strong kickoffs the entire night. And after Row’s touchdown catch, another deep kick pinned Webster County on the 1-yard line for its ensuing drive. One play later, the lead was pushed to 50-0 when a gang of Tygarts Valley defenders blanketed a Webster ball carrier in the end zone for a safety.

The Bulldogs’ offensive scoring was capped off late in the fourth quarter when Walker George rushed in for a 35-yard touchdown with 4:20 to play.

On the ensuing drive for the visitors, John Sutton wrapped up a Highlander runner in the end zone that gave the Bulldogs another two points and their second safety of the game.

Bright finished 5-of-8 through the air for 182 yards and added 40 yards on the ground. George finished with 53 yards rushing for Tygarts Valley, while Row had two receptions for 94 yards. Boggs also had a pair of catches for 70 yards and backup quarterback Luke Bright completed 4-of-7 passes for 58 yards.

Webster County was limited to just 94 yards total offense in the contest. Bell had 100 yards rushing, but the Highlanders were 0-of-3 passing on the night.

The Bulldogs will travel to Valley Wetzel next Friday evening.

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