Wildcats’ defense dominant in win over ValleyPublished 10:46am Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Benjamin Russell coach Danny Horn said that the Wildcats would need to establish the run while shutting down Valley’s ground game in order to better their chances of victory.
In BRHS’ 48-7 walloping of Valley, that’s exactly what happened thanks to the ‘Cats ability to take advantage of a short field.
The Wildcats (3-1, 3-0 in region) started things off by forcing a three and out on defense.
Despite coming up empty handed on their opening drive – Collin Sharpe pushed a 21-yard field goal wide – the Wildcats were able to assert themselves on the ground thanks to the legs of LaBrenikin Johnson and Bryant Horn.
Starting at the Rams’ 39-yard line, the Wildcats needed five plays – all runs – to score. The game’s opening touchdown came when B. Horn slashed up the middle for a 14-yard scoring run with 20 seconds left in the first quarter.
Valley (2-2, 2-1 in region) lost yardage on their next three plays, and a short punt set up BRHS at the Rams’ 40-yard line.
B. Horn was able to keep the drive alive with a 32-yard pitch and catch to LaJarett Ford, who was able to outjump a defender for the ball.
After an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Valley put Benjamin Russell on the 3-yard line, Johnson punched it in for the touchdown and after the extra point, the game was 14-0 in favor of BRHS with 9:13 left in the second quarter.
Valley continued to struggle offensively, and Benjamin Russell continued to move the ball down the field, irregardless of the distance.
B. Horn capped the Wildcats’ next drive – a seven-play, 93-yard drive – with a 28-yard scramble that made the game 21-0 with 3:39 left in the second quarter.
Sharpe nailed a 41-yard field goal later on to send the Wildcats into the intermission up 24-0.
The Wildcats opened up the third with a drive that resulted in a successful 39-yard field goal.
Valley then took over, but a false start penalty was followed by a fumbled snap, which BRHS’ Tae Robinson pounced on to set the Wildcats up at the Rams’ 14-yard line.
Three plays later, B. Horn found Dra Graham out of the backfield for a 8-yard touchdown toss, making the score 34-0 Wildcats.
The Wildcats’ Diorte Russell ended the Rams’ next drive with an interception, and Ellis Holloway later scored from three yards out to increase the Wildcats lead to 41.
The Rams finally got onto the board when Frankie Hutchinson hauled in a 55-yard pass for a touchdown, but the Wildcats answered when backup quarterback Tyre Gray hit Kenan Strong on a slant that Strong took 25 yards to paydirt.
Despite the margin of victory, D. Horn felt the team wasn’t consistent to start the game.
“The first half, I didn’t think we executed well,” D. Horn said. “We had a lot of missed assignments, and people just didn’t do what they were supposed to do. In the second half, I thought we played a lot better.”
D. Horn added that he was impressed with the defense’s performance.
“We did a good job of stopping the run,” he said. “Other than giving up a couple of big passes, I think we’ve played good defense all year long. I think they’re starting to gel.”