SWANSEA 41, MIDLAND VALLEY 0
GRANITEVILLE — A pair of Swansea touchdowns separated by 15 seconds just before halftime doomed Midland Valley Friday night, as the visiting Tigers notched a 41-0 win to remain undefeated on the season and snap the Mustangs' two-game winning streak.
Midland Valley's (2-5, 1-1 Region 5-AAA) offense sputtered all night against a stifling Swansea (7-0, 2-0 5-AAA) defense. The Mustangs were outgained 452-164 in the game.
“They have a great defense and they've got great personnel,” Midland Valley coach Rick Knight said. “The best defense we've seen, easily.”
Ball hawking Midland Valley defensive back Quincey Pressley announced his presence early, intercepting Swansea quarterback Jordan Chavis on the game's third play. Not satisfied with just one turnover, Pressley scooped up a loose ball near midfield on Swansea's next drive, returning it to just outside of the red zone.
Swansea's defense found itself in difficult spots early because of turnovers in its own territory but refused to buckle, halting three Midland Valley drives that began on the short side of the field in order to preserve the shutout.
Chavis displayed a short memory on the Tigers' second drive, firing a quick screen to Robbie Brown, who rumbled 40 yards for the touchdown to put Swansea up 7-0 with 3:45 left in the first quarter. Brown, Swansea's top receiver, finished the game with four catches for 123 yards and a pair of scores.
Electric freshman quarterback Daniel Carr struggled to find running room against Swansea and was repeatedly battered by a ferocious Tiger pass rush. Sophomore running back Dre Carr managed to gain 75 yards on 19 carries, but he was also victim of some brutal hits by the defense. Neither Carr saw much action beyond the midway point of the third quarter as a precautionary measure.
Pressley put himself in position for another interception right before halftime, tipping a Chavis pass intended for Brown. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the ball landed directly in Brown's gloves, and he raced 45 yards for his second score of the half.
Midland Valley squandered an opportunity to build momentum before halftime, fumbling the handoff on the very next play. Swansea's Antonio Hipps recovered the ball and then Chavis found Byron Johnson for a 31-yard touchdown pass, giving the Tigers two scores in a span of 15 seconds to take a commanding 21-0 lead into intermission.
The Mustangs' good fortune in the turnover department continued after the break with a fumble recovery in the end zone on Swansea's first drive of the third quarter. The resulting touchback used up whatever luck Midland Valley may have had left, as the Mustangs allowed Swansea to score on each of its next three drives.
Chavis tossed a fourth touchdown pass with a minute remaining in the third quarter. He completed 9 of 16 passes for 215 yards.
“We've got to get better at every position,” Knight said. “We've got to erase this, wipe it out, and let's go get it next week.”
Midland Valley will play at Brookland-Cayce next Friday in Region 5-AAA action.
S 7 14 14 6 – 41
MV 0 0 0 0 – 0
S–Jordan Chavis 40 pass to Robbie Brown (Arthur Myers kick) 3:45
S–Chavis 45 pass to Brown (Myers kick) 1:42
S–Chavis 27 pass to Byron Johnson (Myers kick) 1:27
S–Malik Edmond 8 run (Myers kick) 3:20
S–Chavis 29 pass to Edmond (Myers kick) 1:00
S–Jonathon Sutton 37 run (kick failed) 9:53
S–Jonathon Sutton 2-89-1, Joseph Williams 9-62, Randy Brown 9-51, Clay Lucas 1-11, Malik Edmond 1-8-1, Jarrod Coleman 1-5, Quaevon Cannon 3-2, Jordan Chavis 1-(-8). Totals 27-220-2.
MV–Dre Carr 19-75, Jalen Durham 9-29, Trenton Baughman 3-12, Derrick O'Connor 1-(-1), Daniel Carr 12-(-16). Totals 44-99.
S–Jordan Chavis 9-16-215-4TD-2INT, Clay Lucas 1-2-17.
MV–Daniel Carr 8-14-65-1 INT.
S–Robbie Brown 4-123-2, Byron Johnson 3-49-1, Malik Edmond 2-43-1, Jackson Lucas 1-17. Totals 10-232-4.
MV–Kameron Brown 2-29, Caleb Glenn 1-15, Garrett Scott 1-14, Christian Beecher 1-6, Jaysen Jones 2-2, Logan Wheat 1-(-1). Totals 8-65.
MV–Kameron Brown, Quincey Pressley.