Sandy Valley ruins Conotton Valley homecoming, wins first game

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Sandy Valley QB Cody Welker
There was little to talk about for Sandy Valley entering Saturday's game at Conotton Valley. The Cardinals had been shut out the first two games and scored just nine in their third. Week 4 proved to be a remedy. Sandy Valley put up 40 unanswered points and held the Rockets to just 128 yards of total offense en route to a 40-8 win on the host's homecoming. The Cardinals recorded nine sacks and forced four turnovers.


BOWERSTOWN – There had been little to talk about in Cardinal Country when you discussed Sandy Valley’s football season. The Cardinals had been shut out in their first two games and scored just nine in their third.

In Week 4, Sandy Valley opened its Inter-Valley Conference schedule at Conotton Valley where the Rockets had won their first two games of the season before falling to Bridgeport last week.

The crisp air Saturday proved to be a remedy for the ailing Cardinals. Sandy Valley put up 40 unanswered points and held the Rockets to just 128 yards of total offense en route to a 40-8 win on host Conotton Valley’s homecoming. The Cardinals recorded nine sacks and forced four turnovers in recording their first win.

The two squads battled through a scoreless first quarter before Sandy Valley’s offense opened the gates. The Card’s first touchdown came when Cody Welker found Corey Fisher on a 64-yard pass play.

Welker ran the spread offense well throwing for 108 yards including a second long distance touchdown pass to Matt May (62-yards). He also ran for two TDs (15, 2 yards).

John Frazier scored on a 1-yard plunge and Jeremy Rummell carried it in from 10-yards to round out the scoring for Sandy Valley.

“Part of it is that out of our 11 (players) on offense we have eight brand new kids,” Sandy Valley head coach Jimm Morris said of the Cardinals slow offensive start to the season. “I think it has taken us three weeks to understand that the offense does work and to have faith in it. I think sometimes they weren’t just quite sure and playing the caliber of teams we had scheduled, (opponents) took advantage of that.

“You can’t be a step slow in this offense.”

Sandy Valley will look to run its win streak to two when it hosts winless Tuscarawas Central Catholic next week. Conotton Valley travels to undefeated Malvern.

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