NAUGATUCK – The Tug Valley Panthers will play host to Meadow Bridge on Friday night, a school that is a perennial playoff contender in Class A in the Mountain State.
Meadow Bridge, like the Panthers, was not ranked in the Charleston Daily Mail Poll this week. They did receive one vote. The WVSSAC rankings are not out until week three. That determines the 16 playoff teams in each classification.
Meadow Bridge rolled over Van 56-20 last Friday night. Tug Valley defeated Sherman 20-6 last weekend.
“ I am happy to get the win last week, I thought we did the little things well to get that win,” head coach Tony Clusky said. “Still, we had too many fumbles. We need to play mistake free this week in order to have a chance against Meadow Bridge.”
“We must play ball control and be solid on special teams. They have a good back that rushed for like 475 yards last week against Van,” Clusky added. “Meadow Bridge is a fundamentally sound football team, and they are very well coached, so we will have to play well.”
“We expect a huge crowd at the game. It will be tabbed a blackout so hopefully every Panther fan will wear black,” Clusky concluded.
Last week David Runyon had 13 carries for rushing 67 yards and a TD. The senior also had three receptions for 40 yards and a score.
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Conley had 14 carries for 52 yards and he was 9-for-14 passing for 139 yards, two TDs and no interceptions.
Sophomore fullback Phillip Lucas had 30 yards on seven carries.
Defensively Jonathan Farley led Tug Valley with seven tackles, Runyon and Charlie Compton each had five, while Lucas, Conley and Corbin Oliver for four each.
Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.