No. 2 Cougars pull away from Bulldogs, 30-14
TV’s Gibson scores pair of defensive touchdowns in loss
BAKER — Damian Iman rushed for 108 yards and a score as Class A, No. 2 rated East Hardy defeated Tygarts Valley 30-14 Friday night in non-conference action at Cougar Stadium.
The Cougars, who remained perfect on the season with a 4-0 mark, took advantage of an early Bulldog turnover in the contest and opened the scoring when Iman broke free for a 14-yard touchdown run at the 8:10 mark of the first quarter.
East Hardy extended the advantage to 12-0 just before the half when Mason Miller completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Mario Combs with 2:17 remaining in the second quarter.
After forcing a punt from Tygarts Valley (2-2) on its opening possession of the second half, the Cougars pushed the deficit to 18-0 when Miller rumbled in for a 2-yard score at the 8:03 mark.
East Hardy pushed the lead to 24-0 with 1:50 left in the third quarter when Miller scampered in for another touchdown, this time from 11-yards out.
The Bulldogs got on the board early in the fourth quarter and cut the deficit to 24-7 when Garrett Gibson intercepted a Miller pass and cruised in for a 26-yard touchdown with 10:07 left to play. It was Gibson’s fourth interception of the season.
The Cougars sealed the victory, however, with 3:27 remaining in the game when Damien Dellinger ran in for a 2-yard score to make it 30-7. Dellinger helped his own cause by breaking loose for a 45-yard run on the scoring drive.
The Bulldogs ended the scoring in the contest late in regulation when Gibson struck again for Tygarts Valley by picking up a fumble and sprinting in for a 65-yard touchdown.
Miller finished with 86 yards on the ground for East Hardy and completed 4 of 16 passes for an additional 45 yards.
Gibson also led the Bulldogs’ offense by finishing with 73 yards rushing. Nate Hulver, who had an interception in the game, added 35 yards on the ground.
Tygarts Valley will return to action next Friday when they host Clay-Battelle for homecoming.
East Hardy is off next Friday and will return to action on Oct. 1 when it entertains Pocahontas County.