These two programs displayed some high-powered offenses Friday, combining for nearly 500 total yards in the first half. In the second, though, Adena’s running game took over and the Warriors captured the 47-17 win.
“We have always been a team that wants to run first to set up the pass,” Adena head coach Paul Thomas said. “I thought we had some great balance in our running game tonight from Tim (Ragland) and Jimmy (Starr). Brandon (Kinnamon) did a great job of running the offense, and he was able to make some big plays for us in the running game as well.”
The Paint Valley offense got off to a nice start in the first quarter. The Bearcats owned possession of the football for the game’s first five-and-a-half minutes as three-year starting quarterback Matt Workman orchestrated a well-balanced drive that included first down completions to three different receivers. However, after a dozen plays from scrimmage the PV offense was forced to settle for a 26-yard Workman field goal and the early 3-0 lead.
Adena answered with a 12-play drive of its own. The Warriors did most of their damage on the ground with the trio of Ragland, Starr and Kinnamon. A Starr three-yard TD run would cap off the drive but a blocked PAT limited Adena’s advantage to just 6-3.
With offense dominating the action, the Adena special teams came up with the game’s first real momentum changer. Adena’s ensuing kickoff found a hole in the middle of the Paint Valley return team and as the live ball came to rest around the Bearcat 35-yard line the Warriors recovered.
Adena took advantage of two Paint Valley defensive penalties at the end of the first quarter and on the first play from scrimmage in the second, it was Ragland from 4-yards out giving Adena a 12-3 lead. The two-point conversion failed.
“The Holmes kid (Paint Valley’s Jake Holmes) is such a great return guy we hated to let him touch it too many times,” Thomas said. “We never really intended for it to be an onside kick, but we did see the hole and the kids did a nice job of going after it hard and it worked out for us.”
When the PV offense got back on the field, Workman needed only four snaps to get the unit in the end zone. The Bearcat signal caller first found Holmes – who had five catches for 98 yards for the game – on a long go-route down the left sideline, and then one play later, Holmes hit classmate Colt Morris for a six-yard TD. Workman’s PAT was good cutting the PV deficit to 12-10 with a little over 10-minutes remaining before the half. Workman finished the game 16-of-30 for 210 yards and two TDs.
“Our offense was executing well early in the game, and it was frustrating not to be able to get them back on the field,” Paint Valley head coach Pete Hollon said. “Our inability to get a stop and our mistake in the special teams kept our offense off the field for nearly eight minutes, but give Adena credit they physically beat us up front and took it to us with their running game.”
The two defenses looked as if they were going to settle in over the next few minutes, but late in the half the two offenses went to work again.
First, Adena got a quick strike when Kinnamon called his own number on a quarterback draw that went 60 yards for a TD. Ragland added the two-point conversion. PV responded with Workman hitting Ben McKell for a 20-yard TD that pulled the Bearcats to within 20-17.
With a little over a minute-and-a-half remaining in the second quarter, Kinnamon ended the first half scoring with a 35-yard TD pass to Collin Uhrig. Adena led 26-17 at the break.
“Give Paint Valley credit,” Thomas said. “They did some nice things offensively in the first half, and I felt like our defense regrouped and played much better in the second half. We were also able to continue to run the ball which took some pressure off of our defense as well.”
The Warriors took the ball to start the second half and went to the ground game early and often. All told, Ragland and Starr combined for 218 yards and 5 touchdowns – including a 37-yard scamper from Ragland in the third quarter and a pair of second half scoring runs from Starr to put the game away – on 31 carries.
Adena also got 131 yards on the ground from Kinnamon, who ran for a TD and threw for another.
After gaining 231 yards in the opening half, PV mustered just 58 in the final 24 minutes.
In Week 6 Adena (3-2, 2-0) hosts at home as it welcomes Chillicothe Unioto, and Paint Valley (2-3, 0-2) will head back on the road as they travel to Piketon.
In other SVC action Friday, Westfall improved to 5-0 with a 53-12 win over Southeastern. Piketon kept pace beating Unioto 32-3 to improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the SVC, while Huntington came from ten points down in the fourth quarter to defeat Zane Trace 32-29 on the final play of the game. Huntington (2-3, 2-0) got one the state’s best performances in week five from its senior quarterback Josh Kellough. Kellough rushed 30 times for 270 yards and two scores, and the Huntington quarterback also threw for two scores while compiling 185 yards through the air.