WAVERLY, Ohio — A tough way to end the season.
The River Valley football team fell behind 45-0 through three quarters of play before tacking on a pair of late scores Friday night during a 45-14 setback to host Waverly in a Week 10 non-conference gridiron tilt at Raidiger Field in Pike County.
The visiting Raiders (3-7) ended the 2017 campaign with their third straight loss, while the Tigers (7-3) appear to have clinched the eighth and final postseason spot in their Division IV, Region 16 bracket following the 31-point triumph.
Both teams played an error-free contest, but the Orange and Black produced 21 points in each of the first two quarters while building a sizable 42-point advantage headed into the break.
WHS scored its only points of the second half on a 33-yard field goal by Kayne Jordan with 48 seconds remaining in the third, allowing the hosts to secure their largest lead of the night.
RVHS quarterback Jordan Burns found Jared Reese on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 8:45 left in regulation for a 45-7 contest. Burns also hooked up with Jarret McCarley on a 5-yard TD strike with 2:03 remaining to complete the scoring at 45-14.
Drew Kritzwater gave Waverly a permanent lead with 8:19 left in the opening quarter after an 8-yard run made 7-0. Clayton Howell hit Easton Wolf on TD passes of 25 and 12 yards over the next six-plus minutes as the hosts led 21-0 with 1:41 remaining in the first canto.
Kritzwater added TD runs of seven and 23 yards in the second frame for a 35-point cushion with 6:17 left, then Howell found Kayne Jordan with a 14-yard scoring pass at the 1:27 mark for a 42-0 lead headed into halftime.
The Tigers — winners of two straight — claimed a 21-10 edge in first downs and outgained the Silver and Black by a sizable 425-222 margin in total yards of offense.
The difference came on the ground as WHS produced 267 rushing yards on 34 attempts, an average of 7.9 yards per carry. River Valley, conversely, managed only 101 yards on 23 attempts for an average of 4.4 yards per try.
The Raiders were flagged six times for 41 yards, while the hosts had five penalties for 48 yards.
It was the final football game for Ben Arrowood, Dustin Barber, Patrick Brown, Jay Combs, Andrew Eleam, Lucas Fitch, Zach Long, Jarret McCarley and Gabe Stapleton in the Silver and Black.
Layne Fitch led the RVHS ground attack with 68 yards on two carries, followed by Cole Young with 18 yards on nine totes.
Jordan Burns had a dozen rushing attempts for 15 yards and also finished 12-of-18 passing for 121 yards, throwing two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
McCarley led the wideouts with five grabs for 64 yards, while Fitch, Reese and Brandon Call each had two catches for 28, 14 and 11 yards respectively. Brown was a perfect 2-for-2 on point-after kicks.
Kritzwater led Waverly with 147 rushing yards and three scores on 13 carries, followed by Jake Reed with 68 yards on 10 tries. Howell had 30 rushing yards on three carries and was also 11-of-18 passing for 158 yards and three scores.
Wolf hauled in a team-high five passes for 69 yards, followed by Jordan with 38 yards on three catches. Cobe Marquez also had two grabs for 42 yards.
River Valley finished the 2017 campaign with a 1-5 mark in Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division play, which was good enough for sixth place.
Julie Billings of the Pike County News Watchman contributed to this report.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.