NAUGATUCK – Tug Valley defeated Clay County 16-8 on Saturday night and moved up in the Class A rankings to get a better seed in the playoffs.
The field at Bob Brewer Stadium was muddy and the temperatures were cool for the final regular season game of the year.
Aaron Muncy, a senior running back, scored both of Tug Valley’s touchdowns. He rushed for 132 yards on 23 carries.
Clay County took the lead with 6:47 left in the first quarter as Jordan Lucas scored on a 10-yard run. Tyler Stewart hit Ricky Wiseman for the 2-piont conversion as the visiting Panthers took an 8-0 lead.
At the end of the opening quarter, Muncy got his first TD of the night on a 56 yard run. Mikey Newsome hit Corey Dillon for the 2-point conversion pass to tie the game at 8-8.
Neither team scored in the second quarter, so they headed into the dressing room knotted up at 8-8.
Tug Valley took the lead with 5:31 remaining in the third quarter as Muncy broke through for a 9-yard TD dash. Newsome connected with Muncy for the 2-point conversion to give the home team a 16-8 lead.
That was the final score of the game, but it was just enough for the Panthers of Tug Valley to win and improve to 8-2 on the season.
Tug Valley had 175 yards of total offense in the game dominated by the defenses. They rushed for 150 yards and had 25 via the pass. Newsome was 3-for-7 for 25 yards. TVHS only had three penalties for 25 yards.
Corey Dillon caught two passes for 18 yards, while Muncy had a catch for seven yards.
Tug Valley’s defense held Clay County to 172 total yards and one TD.
Defensively Isaac Parsley had 12 tackles, while Tyler Conley had 11 to lead TVHS. Jonathan Farley had seven stops, while Muncy and Thomas Baisden each had six. Josh Cassell had five and Aaron Copley had a fumble recovery for Coach Tony Clusky.
The game was originally scheduled for Friday night, but was moved to Saturday because Clay County (5-5) still had power outages from last week’s blizzard. Plus, it gave the field at Naugatuck a little more time to dry out.
The Panther’s went into the game ranked No. 15 in Single-A. The win moved them up to No. 13 and assured the school a playoff spot. Clay County came in ranked No. 14 in Double-A, and the loss dropped them to No. 16. However, they will still make the playoffs.
The victory over Clay County gave Tug Valley Double-A bonus points.
Tug Valley will make the long trek to the northern panhandle to take on the Blue Dons of Madonna (No. 4, 9-1) in Weirton on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
Score by quarters:
CCHS … 8 0 0 0 – 8
TVHS … 8 0 8 0 – 16