White Knoll handed Spring Valley its first loss of the season in the sixth week of the 2012 season.
The sixth-ranked Vikings returned the favor on Friday before a big crowd at the Wolf Den, overcoming a rash of first-half mistakes to dominate the host Timberwolves by a 41-21 margin.
Spring Valley, off to a 6-0 start for the first time since 1994, piled up 558 yards on offense with John Miller leading the way with 289 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. The Vikings’ aggressive defense allowed White Knoll 152 offensive yards.
“I’m very happy with the win,” Spring Valley coach Miles Aldridge said. “White Knoll is a good, well-coached football team, and I think we showed we can be a good team if we take care of business.”
Miller ran for 215 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries, caught two passes for 29 yards and had a 45-yard kickoff return.
“We were a little extra motivated because of what happened last year,” said the fleet senior wing back.
“I think we have a chance to go really far this season. We’re clicking as a team on offense and defense.”
Quarterback Chris Adams had a solid performance with 99 rushing yards and one score, and had his best passing game of the season with six connections on seven attempts for 102 yards and one touchdown.
White Knoll (5-1) opened the game with a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive that stayed on course thanks to a Spring Valley excessive celebration penalty. Quinn Jones put the T-Wolves on the board with a 30-yard scoring run.
But White Knoll’s offense did not produce a first down or a touchdown in the second and third quarters.
“Spring Valley is as good as advertised,” White Knoll coach Dean Howell said. “We wasted too many plays. We made some mental mistakes. We couldn’t make a block at times, or we couldn’t make a tackle at times. But we’re a good team ourselves going into the region, and we’ll keep working to be as good as we can be.”
Jones accounted for all three White Knoll touchdowns, including a 99-yard kickoff return tally that gave the T-Wolves their last lead, 14-13, at 8:38 of the second quarter.
Miller responded with a 75-yard scoring jaunt on the first play of the ensuing Spring Valley possession. He also had a 50-yard non-scoring run.
“We do a lot of good things, but we have some cleaning up to do if we want to get to the level of a championship team,” Aldridge said.
Penalties, special teams breakdowns and turnovers marred an otherwise impressive performance.
Spring Valley opens Region 4-4A play next week against Blythewood. White Knoll begins the Region 5-4A slate against Aiken.
WK – Quinn Jones 30 run (Chase Graham kick), 7:16
SV – John Miller 8 run (kick failed), 5:51
SV - Jordan Foster 17 pass from Chris Adams (Cooper Gresham kick), 8:33
WK –Jones 99 kickoff return (Graham kick), 8:17
SV – J. Miller 75 run (Gresham kick), 7:32
SV – Alec Koon 19 run (Gresham kick), 8:23
SV – J. Miller 24 run (Gresham kick), 11:51
WK – Jones 18 run (Graham kick), 10:00
SV – J. Miller 5 run (Gresham kick), 4:49