As the final seconds were ticking off the Wildcat Stadium clock during Spring Valley’s 42-15 victory against Lexington on Friday night, the Viking players were on the sideline discussing the fact that people across the state had called them overrated after their 2-0 start.
If they continue to put together performances like they did against Lexington, that won’t be a problem. John Miller ran for 155 yards on 15 carries, Chris Adams accounted for 200 yards of total offense and Spring Valley earned it’s third consecutive blowout win.
“We’ve heard a lot of talk about how we’re overrated and stuff,” Miller said. “So we came out and had something to prove. We did what we had to do, and for it to come in their house made it a little bit sweeter.”
The Vikings (3-0) weren’t challenged in the first two games, but found themselves in a one-possession game after the Wildcats (2-1) opened the second half with a 1-yard touchdown run from Grayson Chumley to pull within 21-15.
Miller threw a dagger back at them on the next offensive play. He took a pitch around the right side and raced 60 yards for the score. He later added another score on a 30-yard run and Spring Valley coasted the final quarter.
“We were very lucky,” Spring Valley coach Miles Aldridge said. “They grabbed momentum after the half and we’re all trying to preach that. They have a good drive and get close but after Miller’s run we were able to grab control. We were fortunate to get the momentum back so quickly.”
Lexington coach Josh Stepp felt if his team could come out of the half with a score and grab momentum, he liked his chances the rest of the way. Miller changed that perception on one play.
“The biggest thing we talked about at halftime is if we go down and score, we’re right back in the game,” Stepp said. “We did that, and then we come back out and give up a big play on defense. We talked all week about eliminating the big play, and we weren’t able to do it. When that offense is clinking, they’re tough to stop.”
A week ago, Spring Valley didn’t attempt a pass against an out-matched Clover team but quarterback Chris Adams came out throwing Friday. He finished 5-of-6 for 107 yards — all in the first half — and that opened things up for the Vikings’ potent rushing attack.
Miller led the way, but Adams added 93 yards on the ground and two scores, Ryan Lee added 59 yards and Jordan Williams scored two touchdowns to go along with 51 yards. The Vikings finished with 361 yards rushing despite a loss of 28 yards on one play when the basll was snapped over the punter’s head to give Lexington a safety late in the first half.
“We’re trying to do a little bit of everything, but we run the ball and that’s what we want to hang our hats on so the pass will open up,” Aldridge said.
Both Aldridge and Miller lauded the play of Adams. He had scoring runs of 30 and 28 yards in the first half.
“Chris really stepped up,” Miller said. “His running and directing the offense opened everything for all of the running backs. This game goes on his shoulders.”
Spring Valley won eight games with Adams at quarterback last season, and Aldridge believes he’s improved immensely since that time.
“We were able to win eight games with him last year and the question is can he take us to another level,” Aldridge said. “Right now, he’s doing a very good job. If he can continue, we have a shot.”
The Vikings defense rushed and pounded a pretty potent Lexington offense from the first whistle. They held the the Wildcats to 301 yards of offense and didn’t give quarterback Will Hunter much time in the pocket. Christian Miller, the Alabama commitment, sacked Hunter twice and the Vikings limited the Wildcats to 137 yards passing.
The Wildcats tried to use a quick passing attack to combat the pressure up front but could never get into a good rhythm.
“We played OK on defense,” Aldridge said. “We can run and we can hit. There are some things we need to work on to get better and shut people down.”
SV – Chris Adams 30 run (Cooper Gresham kick) 9:51
L – Slade Carroll 11 run (Cole Wilson kick) 8:14
SV – Jordan Williams 1 run (Gresham kick) 3:15
SV – Adams 28 run (Greshman kick) 9:13
L – Safety, bad snap out of end zone 4:36
L – Grayson Chumley 1 run (kick blocked) 7:50
SV – John Miller 60 run (Greshman kick) 7:27
SV – Williams 9 run (Greshman kick) 1:59
SV – Miller 30 run (Gresham kick) 3:06
Rushing: SV – John Miller 15-155, Chris Adams 12-93, Ryan Lee 9-59, Alec Koon 9-31, Jordan Williams 4-51, Team 1-(-28). L – Slade Carroll 14-60, Will Hunter 6-5, Grayson Chumley 2-1, Garvin Jackson 8-90, Keelo Norris 3-4, James Ricker 2-4.
Passing: SV – Adams 5-6-0-107. L – Hunter 11-20-1-137, Ricker 0-1-0-0.
Receiving: SV – Lee 2-51, LJ Mealing 2-31, Jordan Foster 1-25. L – Norris 5-30, Brentley Allen 2-18, Jayson Hopper 2-49, Ryan Brown 2-40.