NAUGATUCK – Tug Valley is in search of a playoff spot in Class A and can increase its chances this week with a win over Van.
The game will be homecoming for the Panthers at Bob Brewer Field at Naugatuck.
Tug Valley is rated No. 13 this week and hopes to bounce back from a loss last week at Class 2A Wyoming East.
“From here on out every game is big for us,” Coach Tony Clusky said. “I was proud of our team last week for fighting through adversity.”
Clusky said Van is supposed to have the services of their star running back this week. He has been out with an injury.
Van is led by tailbacks Draven Riffe, Logan Crouse and quarterback Brandon Elswick. Van has several returning starters on the offensive line and seven starters returned on defense. The Bulldogs are 1-5 this season, but Clusky warns his team not to take the Boone county team too lightly.
Tug Valley got senior Aaron Muncy back last week after he had to sit out a game because of a concussion. Justin Baisden has helped pick up the load for the Panthers. “Baisden stepped up and played well last week,” Clusky said.
Senior Mikey Newsome continues to play fantastic and juniors David Runyon and Jessie Mays are both having fine seasons for Tug Valley. Seniors Corey Dillon and Isaac Parsley have also had solid seasons.
The Panther’s young offensive line is growing up and has played well.
“We need to defend our home field,” Clusky said. “We want to put four quarters together in all aspects of the game.”
Clusky said his team looked great on offense last week, but had some lapses on defense.
“But, we didn’t quit and I was proud of them for playing till the clock hit 0:00,” Clusky concluded.