SWANSEA 47, MIDLAND VALLEY 42
SWANSEA — When Midland Valley quarterback Daniel Carr came up short of a critical first down on a sprawling dive near midfield, so, too, did the Mustangs’ chances at opening Region 5-AAA with back-to-back road victories. Swansea survived on Homecoming, winning a 47-42 thriller Friday night over Midland Valley.
Midland Valley (4-3, 1-1 Region 5-AAA) had a shot at the victory, recovering a Travis Loadholt fumble at its own 37-yard line with under a minute to go. Carr couldn’t connect with his receivers on downs one through three, then was forced out of bounds just shy of the first down marker on fourth down. From there, Swansea kneeled it once to run out the clock.
That capped a wild fourth quarter that saw the Mustangs and Tigers match one another, stride for stride. The five-point lead Swansea entered the period with held up after a period that produced 42 combined points.
“A loss is a loss. I guess you could say (the offense) did their part,” said Midland Valley coach Rick Knight. “They just kept on and on and on. We just have to figure out how to stop somebody.”
A dominant Swansea (5-2, 2-0) ground game set the tone. The Tigers totaled 376 yards on 52 carries. Loadholt led the way, churning out 208 yards and scoring three times.
On the opposite side of the field, the Mustangs were unable to get much going against a stacked Swansea defensive front. A strong Tiger push up front effectively parked running back Dre Carr, with most of Daniel’s rushing yardage – 110 yards on 10 carries – coming on scrambles rather than designed runs.
The passing game, on the other hand, clicked for the Mustangs. Daniel Carr had a hand in all six of Midland Valley’s touchdowns. He scored twice on the ground and passed for four more. Carr completed 21-of-38 passes for 277 yards.
“(Carr) was able to pick them apart when he had the time. I guess they figured ‘let’s take the run away’, and they did,” Knight said. “There were just too many people in there to block, and we were able to just throw it around the field. Daniel took some big shots; Dre took a big shot or two. I’ve got to give them both a lot of credit.”
Wide receivers Kameron Brown and Trenton Baughman each had big nights for the Mustangs, combining for 229 yards. Brown’s third touchdown reception of the night brought Midland Valley within five with just over a minute to play, but it would be the game’s final score.
Swansea quarterback Clay Lucas was effective when needed, passing for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns, each to Craig Johnson. Johnson was a monster on both sides of the ball, racking up 94 receiving yards and wreaking havoc at defensive end.
Midland Valley’s near-comeback is the latest in a string of defensive struggles for the Mustangs, leaving Knight with some questions as the team prepares for the rest of its Region 5-AAA schedule.
“All I know is to go back home and work like crazy,” he said.
Next up for the Mustangs is a home date with Brookland-Cayce next week.
MV 7 7 7 21 42
S 7 19 0 21 47
MV - Daniel Carr 1 run (Ben Padgett kick) 9:56
S - Clay Lucas 31 pass to Craig Johnson (Arthur Myers kick) 4:26
S - Myers 40 field goal 10:26
MV - Daniel Carr 46 pass to Kameron Brown (Padgett kick) 9:20
S - Travis Loadholt 14 run (conversion failed) 7:53
S - Lucas 49 pass to Johnson (Myers kick) 1:16
S - Myers 37 field goal 0:34
MV - Daniel Carr 7 run (Padgett kick) 0:40
S - Loadholt 30 run (Myers kick) 11:20
MV - Daniel Carr 11 pass to Brown (Padgett kick) 8:57
S - Loadholt 2 run (Myers kick) 4:29
MV - Daniel Carr 8 pass to Trenton Baughman (Padgett kick) 2:21
S - Chance Walker 55 run (Myers kick) 2:21
MV - Daniel Carr 11 pass to Brown (Padgett kick) 1:09
MV - Daniel Carr 11-110-2, Dre Carr 6-44. Totals 17-154-2.
S - Travis Loadholt 30-208-3, Chance Walker 9-105-1, Clay Lucas 9-40, Quaevon Cannon 4-23. Totals 52-376-4.
MV - Daniel Carr 21-38-277-4TD-1INT
S - Clay Lucas 8-14-137-2TD-0INT
MV - Kameron Brown 7-137-3, Trenton Baughman 9-92-1, Stephon Morency 4-40, Logan Wheat 1-8. Totals 21-277-4.
S - Craig Johnson 5-94-2, Nick Tompkins 3-43. Totals 8-137-2.
S - Tyquan Austin