Dayton Oakwood edges Germantown Valley View 21-14 in SWBL opener

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Oakwood 21, Valley View 14

The last time Dayton Oakwood beat Germantown Valley View, before last season’s 17-7 win, none of the players on the Lumberjacks roster were born. Now, Oakwood suddenly has a two-game winning streak over the Spartans. Quarterback A.J. Lewis scored two TDs and running back Chris Hardy added the game winner as host Oakwood topped Valley View 21-14 at Mack Hummon Stadium in the Southwestern Buckeye League opener Friday. Matt Natali has more.



OAKWOOD – The last time Dayton Oakwood beat Germantown Valley View, before last season’s 17-7 win, none of the players on the Lumberjacks roster were born. Now, Oakwood suddenly has a two-game winning streak over the Spartans.

Quarterback A.J. Lewis scored two tocuhdowns and running back Chris Hardy added the game winner as host Oakwood topped Valley View 21-14 at Mack Hummon Stadium in the Southwestern Buckeye League opener Friday.

Oakwood (4-0, 1-0) shut out Valley View (3-1, 0-1) in the second half after trailing 14-7 at the break and edged the Spartans 272-186 in total offensive yards.

“I give our kids a lot of credit,” Oakwood head coach Paul Stone said. “We have seven kids playing both ways and I was worried about the conditioning factor (in this game) but when push came to shove we kept the ball out of their offense’s hands at the end.

“I thought the game had a lot of up’s and down’s, especially early on. Our defense gave them a short field and hung in there. The bottom line is we held them to 14 points – our defense was phenomenal – and did just enough offensively.”

Oakwood was led by senior Hardy with 115 yards rushing on 20 carries and the go-ahead touchdown.

Lumberjacks QB A.J. Lewis had eight carries for 75 yards and two touchdowns, including a 43-yard touchdown run on Oakwood’s fourth play from scrimmage. He added a 22-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to tie the game 14-14.

Valley View answered Lewis’ touchdown in the first quarter orchestrating an 11-play scoring drive capped off by a 2-yard Travis Dalton touchdown run. The drive was highlighted by a 44-yard connection from Johnny Day to Andy Genslinger third-and-long from the Oakwood 47 to put the Spartans deep in Lumberjacks territory.

After a Valley View interception by defensive lineman Jared Brown on Oakwood’s next possession, the Spartans took over on the Oakwood 17 and scored in five plays on a Dalton 5-yard touchdown run to go up 14-7 early in the second quarter.

But Oakwood kept Valley View out of the end zone in the second half and scored twice to secure the 21-14 win.

Dalton tallied 150 yards on the ground snf two touchdowns for Valley View.

The Spartans had four turnovers in the game.

“We had everyone where they should be we just didn’t make some plays there at the end,” Valley View head coach Jay Niswonger said. “Turnovers hurt us a lot.”

 

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