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The Cardinals amassed nearly 350 yards’ total offense in the contest. Running back Ryan Heim once again led the way, rushing for 152 yards and four touchdowns in the rout.
Tri-Valley actually was in the game early. Talented junior quarterback Hunter Harner scored on a seven-yard run midway through the second quarter to even the game at 7-7. It was the last time the ’Dawgs wouldn’t be playing from behind.
Pine Grove immediately responded with two more touchdowns before Tri-Valley’s Jaden Buchanan scored on a 10-yard throw from Harner. The Cardinals scored once more before the half to head into the locker room with a 28-14 lead.
Tri-Valley couldn’t score again, while the Cards scored three more times in the second half to cement the blowout and their first league championship since 2005, when it was called the Twin Valley Conference.
The ’Dawgs compiled only 162 yards’ total offense in the game. Harner finished just three-for-eight through the air for 10 yards and the score to Buchanan. He also added 58 rushing yards and a score on 19 carries.
Tri-Valley hopes to end the regular season on a high note Friday, Nov. 1 in Mandata against Line Mountain. Game time is 7 p.m.
Williams Valley 30, Newport 6. Williams Valley’s offense was outgained 214 yards to 165 yards by Newport, but two touchdowns from the defense and another from special teams helped the Vikes secure a convincing 24-point homecoming night victory over the visiting Buffaloes Oct. 25.
Backup quarterback Nick Rodichok accounted for the Vikings’ only two offensive touchdowns of the game. Rodichok, a six-foot 160-pound sophomore, is filling in temporarily for regular starter Stephen Sedesse.
Rodichok first connected with bruising fullback Trevor Whelski for a 69-yard scoring strike in the first quarter to give Williams Valley an early lead. He threw his second touchdown pass of the game late in the third quarter to wideout Tim Schorr, a 55-yard completion that was the final Viking score of the game.
Rodichok finished the game eight-for-16 for 197 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Schorr caught four of those passes for 108 yards and a score.
Running back Cole Barnhardt had an unusually quiet night for the Vikings, running the ball nine times for minus-one yard. He also caught two passes for just 18 yards.
Between Rodichok’s scoring passes, the Viking defense and special teams scored a handful of touchdowns. Whelski followed his 69-yard touchdown reception with a 70-yard interception return for a score in the second quarter.
Just minutes later, Steven Vega intercepted the Newport quarterback and returned the ball 53 yards for a score of his own. Matt Miller completed the non-offensive scoring trifecta when he returned an onside kick 49 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
The Vikes close out the regular season Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at East Juniata.
Millersburg 41, East Juniata 6. Millersburg fell behind the visiting Tigers 6-0 before rattling off 41 unanswered points en route to a convincing homecoming victory Oct. 25. The Indians were led by freshman quarterback Christian Wingard, who had the best game of his brief career.
Wingard led an Indian attack that outgained the Tigers 484 yards to 155. He finished the game seven-for-12 through the air for 280 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. The young signal caller also added 58 rushing yards on 12 carries.
Wideout Austin Lehman was Wingard’s favorite target. Lehman caught three passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Mark Simpkins caught two Wingard passes for 90 yards and a score; and Alex Frederick caught one pass for 64 yards and a score.
Cole Shomper was the Indians’ leading rusher, gaining 53 yards and scoring one touchdown on eight carries. Connor Keim added another 36 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
Millersburg ends the season Nov. 1 in a 7 p.m. road game against neighboring rival Upper Dauphin Area, a team that is angling for a berth in the District 3, Class A playoffs.
Juniata 51, Halifax 19. It looked as if Halifax might have a shot at its first victory of the season early in its game against host Juniata Oct. 25, but the Indians scored 36 unanswered points between the second and third quarters to dash the Wildcats’ hopes.
Jake Paul scored Halifax’s first touchdown on a four-yard run early in the second quarter to tie the game at seven. Paul finished with 22 rushing yards on two carries. He also had one reception for 81 yards.
Running back Eric Johnston led the Wildcats in rushing, gaining 53 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. Johnston scored on runs of 20 and 13 yards in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
Halifax quarterback Mason Erdman was six-for-17 through the air for 138 yards and two interceptions. Kyle Johnson was the Wildcats’ leading receiver, catching five Erdman passes for 109 yards.
Halifax will try to avoid a winless season in this week’s finale at home against Newport. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.