Is any team capable of stopping, or at least slowing down, the Spring Valley triple option offense this season?
There is no evidence yet that anybody other than the Vikings themselves can rise to the challenge.
The undefeated Vikings ran roughshod over Irmo on Friday at W.C. Hawkins Stadium, ruining the Yellow Jackets’ homecoming celebration with a 58-28 Region 4-4A win.
Spring Valley (8-0, 2-0) is off to its best start since 1974 and is riding the program’s longest winning streak since 1977.
How easy was it? The Vikings scored on their first five possessions and had a 44-14 lead by halftime. Spring Valley had 242 yards and a 28-7 lead in the first quarter, 17 first downs and 418 yards at intermission.
In the end, Spring Valley amassed 569 yards, 453 on the ground.
The 58 points scored by the Vikings were the most Irmo has allowed in a game in the modern era. It was the second highest single-game point total in Spring Valley history.
“You can’t run a successful play without blocking, and our guys up front get off the ball, but I give a lot of the credit to our success to Chris Adams,” Vikings coach Miles Aldridge said. “In any offense, the quarterback makes things go. Chris has gotten to the point where he consistently gets the ball to the right player in the right situation and he can make plays running or throwing.”
Adams, who did not play three full quarters, ran for 112 yards on 11 carries and was 6-for-8 passing for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
“The biggest difference this season is we’re a lot more consistent,” the senior three-year starter said. “At first, it was a hard offense to learn, but I’ve really come to enjoy the triple option because it gives us so many chances to make big plays. It all starts up front, and the blocking has been great.”
John Miller, who came into the game with more than 1,100 yards and 126 points on the books, had another huge game with 223 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 17 carries, plus two receptions for 36 yards and another score.
“John’s a lot stronger this season, and Chris has the experience to run the offense well,” Aldridge said. “I knew we had some pretty good players coming back, but I had no idea we’d be this good offensively.”
On the down side, the Vikings were flagged for 125 yards in penalties and the secondary was hit for 217 yards and four scoring passes.
“We’ve got to quit the penalties and limit our mistakes, because down the road that could become a real problem,” Aldridge said.
Quarterback Demetrius Lewis provided most of the Irmo highlights, but it was not nearly enough for the Jackets to keep up with Spring Valley’s killer pace.
SV – John Miller 70 run (Cooper Gresham kick), 11:46
I – Brandy Holmes 73 pass from Demetrius Lewis (Michael Hartley kick), 10:05
SV – Josh Harlan 1 run (Gresham kick), 6:53
SV – Jordan Foster 34 pass from Chris Adams (Gresham kick), 5:21
SV – J. Miller 4 run (Gresham kick), 0:10
I – Manny Banks 54 pass from Lewis (Hartley kick), 10:49
SV – Harlan 1 run (Gresham kick), 8:55
SV – Safety, intentional grounding in end zone, 1:22
SV – J. Miller 16 pass from Adams (Gresham kick), 0:24
SV – J. Miller 13 run (Gresham kick), 9:10
SV – J. Miller 3 run (Gresham kick), 6:28
I – De’Ares Nelson 71 pass from Lewis (Hartley kick), 3:03
I – Ronnie Jamison 9 pass from Lewis (Hartley kick), 1:19