Happy Valley’s strong start evaporates as Black Knights roll

Published 12:37 am Saturday, August 27, 2022

STAR CORRESPONDENT
AFTON – After waiting until almost 8:30 p.m. for the kickoff due to lightning in the area, the Happy Valley Warriors took the field with some grit and determination in their eyes as they traveled to Greene County to take on the Chuckey-Doak Black Knights.
However, after a solid start in the first quarter, the wheels came off the Warriors’ wagon as the Black Knights turned a blocked punt into a touchdown and never looked back in taking a 49-7 victory Friday night.
The Warriors started having the HV faithful feeling pretty good about their team as the Warriors took the opening kickoff and methodically drove the ball down the field behind the hard-nosed running of junior Joseph Sowards and senior Bronson Norman.
Taking eight minutes off the first quarter clock, Sowards was rewarded for his hard running when he cashed in on a seven-yard plunge and then added the point-after attempt for the early 7-0 Warrior lead.
After holding the Black Knights defensively, the Warriors got the ball back but were unable to do anything with it and set up to punt it away.
The Black Knights burst through the line like a gang of bank robbers to get a hand on the punt and take over at the HV 10-yard line.
Chuckey-Doak pulled even when quarterback Cadin Tullock found Brandon Frank on a 10-yard touchdown toss. The point-after was good and the game was tied at 7-7.
The Black Knights added three scores in the second quarter including two scores from Brasen Murven to take a 28-7 lead to the locker room.
Coming out of the break, the Black Knights put the game on ice as they added 21 second-half points to win going away.
A scary moment for the Happy Valley Warrior fans came in the closing minutes of the third quarter when freshman Warrior Aiden Paul was blindsided from the backside resulting in Paul being taken off the field on a stretcher.
After a long injury delay, the game officials put eight minutes on the board to start the fourth after the injury.
As the game was winding to an end, Malachi Shaver tried to get another score on the board for the Warriors as the sophomore had dazzling runs of 41 and 21 yards before the clock expired on the drive.
Happy Valley returns home to open their 2022 conference slate next week when the Warriors play host to the South Greene Rebels on Warrior Hill.
Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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