It took the Spring Valley offense a half to get on track, but the Vikings ran their triple-option attack nearly to perfection in the second half.
Alec Koon and John Miller each rushed for more than 100 yards, and quarterback Chris Adams added 157 yards of total offense to lead fifth-ranked Spring Valley to a 49-20 victory against Blythewood on Friday night at Harry Parone Stadium in their Region 4-4A opener. It’s the first time the Vikings earned a victory against their district rival in six tries.
“When I came here, it was to build a program,” Spring Valley coach Miles Aldridge said. “There are certain things you have to do to accomplish that, and this was one of them. We’re trying to win a region, and that is our focus right now.”
Spring Valley (7-0, 1-0) matched its best start since 1994 with the win, and it came on the strength of a punishing rushing attack.
Koon hammered his way for 191yards on 28 carries from his fullback position. He ran for 139 of those yards in the second half, when the Vikings scored on all five offensive possessions.
“We try to feature the fullback, but it doesn’t always work,” Aldridge said. “They were really trying to stop the quarterback and the pitch. That’s why they call it the triple option. Alex is a (heck) of kid, plays hard and he had an amazing night.”
After Koon softened up the middle of the Bengals defense, that made things easy for Miller and Adams on the outside. Miller scampered for 143 yards and three scores to run his season total to 21 touchdowns. Adams ran for 92 yards and threw for another 65 yards and two touchdowns.
“I’d like to think our offense can’t be stopped,” Aldridge said. “About the only we can be stopped is if somebody is whipping us up front and we can’t block them. When we’re executing all options, we feel comfortable.”
For Koon, it was an offensive explosion.
“The lines were running up the field, and things opened up for me,” Koon said. “As soon as they closed the middle down, it opened things for John (Miller) and Chris (Adams). When we’re moving like we were tonight, you would have to send the whole defense to stop us. When that happens, it opens up the passing game.”
First-year Blythewood coach Dan Morgan knew what his defense was going to encounter trying to stop Spring Valley. But with Koon being so effective on the inside, they never found an answer.
“They’re just physically really good.” Morgan said. “They ran right at us, and we weren’t able to respond. We gave away the ‘C’ gap too much and they were running the veer right off of that. We didn’t play assignment football. Everybody has to play their responsibility, and if they don’t, Spring Valley will exploit it.”
It was a 14-7 Spring Valley lead at the half thanks to Blythewood getting a 10-yard touchdown pass from David Israel to De’Andre Fletcher with eight seconds remaining before the break. Miller ran for touchdowns from 4 and 14 yards to stake the Vikings to an early 14-0 lead but it turned into a one possession game with a full half to go.
The Vikings opened the third quarter by marching 80, 40 and 80 yards on their first three possessions to increase the lead to 42-14.
LJ Mealing opened the floodgates when he broke free for a 38-yard touchdown pass from Adams 2:51 into the second half. After forcing a three-and-out on the Bengals (4-3, 0-1) first possession, it took the Vikings three plays to reach pay dirt. Koon rambled 23 and 11 yards before Adams ran the keeper in from 6 yards.
Aaron Peak returned the ensuing kick for a school-record 98-yard touchdown for the only offense Blythewood would register in the quarter.
The Vikings went back at it, covering 80 yards in 10 plays. On third-and-goal from the 19-yard line, Adams scrambled around before finding Jordan Foster for the touchdown and a 42-14 lead.
“We had several breakdowns, and they always seemed to find the open area,” Morgan said. “That’s a tough team to stop.”
Lynard Jamison and Peak were the bright spots offensively for the Bengals. Jamison added 137 yards receiving with a touchdown and 55 yards rushing.
SV – John Miller 4 run (Cooper Gresham kick) 7:35
SV – Miller 14 run (Gresham kick) 4:07
B – De’Andre Fletcher 10 pass from David Israel (Greg Huegel kick) 0:08
SV – LJ Mealing 38 pass from Chris Adams (Gresham kick) 9:09
SV – Adams 6 run (Gresham kick) 7:43
B – Aaron Peak 98 kick-off return (Huegel kick) 7:26
SV – Jordan Foster 19 pass from Adams (Gresham kick) 3:03
SV – Miller 1 run (Gresham kick) 8:31
B – Lynard Jamison 60 pass from Israel (run failed) 8:12
SV – Ryan Lee 1 run (Gresham kick) 2:49