NAUGATUCK — The Tug Valley Panthers secured their spot in the postseason with an upset win over the Class AA Man Hillbillies on Friday night by a final score of 20-12 at Bob Brewer Stadium.
Junior athlete Caleb May intercepted a Man pass at the goal line to seal the win for the Panthers late in the 4th quarter. Man, who was 7-1 coming into the game, led Tug Valley 6-0 at halftime and 12-0 in the third quarter before giving up 20 unanswered points.
Quarterback Ethan Varney ran the ball 35 times for 150 yards and two scores on the night while also passing for 120 yards.
The Panthers, led by first year head coach Hady Ford, improved to 6-3 with the win and picked up enough bonus points that they are projected to move from outside of the WVSSAC Class A Playoffs into the top 16.
Tug Valley is expected to land anywhere from No. 8 to No. 13 when the final WVSSAC rankings come out after the final games of the regular season next weekend.
The Panthers will have a off week this coming Friday night in what is the final week of the regular season for high school football in West Virginia. They will be back in action the following week in the first round of the playoffs with the opponent and location to be determined by the final WVSSAC playoff ratings.
For the full story, stat report, and coaches comments from the Panthers 20-12 win over the Hillbillies pick up Wednesday's copy of the Williamson Daily News or read it online.