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Raiders fall to Adena, 39-14

Bryan Walters bwalters@civitasmedia.com

September 7, 2013

BIDWELL, Ohio — So much for the home field advantage.


The River Valley football team fell to 0-2 within its friendly confines this season following a 39-14 setback to visiting Adena Friday night during a Week 2 non-conference matchup in Gallia County.


The host Raiders led 6-0 midway through the first quarter, but the Warriors (1-1) countered with five consecutive scoring drives to secure a 32-6 advantage at the intermission. RVHS scored on the last play of the third quarter to pull within 32-14, but Adena retaliated with a late score to wrap up the 25-point triumph.


AHS outgained the hosts by a 447-353 overall margin in total yards, which included a 331-255 advantage in rushing yards. Adena also claimed a 23-17 edge in first downs, but also committed the only two turnovers of the contest.


Austin Bradley started the scoring with a 63-yard run to paydirt, giving RVHS a 6-0 lead with 6:01 remaining in the first quarter. Adena managed to tie the game up at six with 28 seconds left in the canto after Calob Thatcher scampered in from nine yards out, rounding out the first quarter scoring.


Cade Harper gave the Warriors a permanent lead with 8:32 left in the first half after a one-yard TD plunge made it a 12-6 contest. Cale Free followed with a 16-yard TD reception from Harper with 2:58 remaining before halftime, giving the guests an 18-6 lead.


After a successful onside kick, Joey Sparks followed 18 seconds later by hauling in a 23-yard score thrown by Harper — giving Adena a 25-6 edge. AHS added its final first-half score at the end of the second canto, as Dylan Tyler rumbled 75 yards to paydirt for a 32-6 advantage at the break.


Bradley added his second scoring run for the Raiders at the end of the third stanza after plunging in from two yards out, making it a 32-14 contest headed into the finale. Wyatt Shanton hauled in a two-yard scoring pass from Harper with 7:17 left in regulation to wrap up the 39-14 outcome.


The Warriors owned possession of the ball for 28:35 in the contest, compared to 19:25 for the hosts. AHS was flagged five times for 40 yards, compared to four penalties for 45 yards for the Raiders.


Bradley led the hosts with 192 rushing yards on 21 carries, followed by Mark Wray with 22 yards on four totes. Tre Craycraft and Josh Campbell each added 16 rushing yards, while George Williams had 13 yards on the ground.


Tyler Twyman was 6-of-12 passing for 98 yards, which included zero touchdowns or interceptions. Kirk Morrow led the wideouts with one catch for 43 yards, while Bradley hauled in three passes for 42 yards.


Free paced Adena with 139 yards on 26 rushes, followed by Dylan Tyler with 99 yards on five attempts. Harper finished the night 8-of-12 passing for 116 yards, throwing three TDs and one interception. Shanton led the receivers with three catches for 45 yards.


River Valley will make its road debit next Friday when it travels to Farmers Bank Stadium for a Week 3 non-conference matchup against Meigs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.