White Knoll is not known for its aerial attack, but when the Timberwolves went to the forward pass against Spring Valley, it proved effective.
Devin Riley threw two touchdowns passes, and the Timberwolves’ ground game pounded out 299 yards to knock Spring Valley from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 30-17 victory Friday night at Harry Parone Stadium.
“It’s a big win for our program, to beat an unbeaten 4A school at their place,” White Knoll coach Gordon Walters said. “It was a very good win. The momentum went back and forth and it was nice to be able to come away with a big win.”
The methodical Timberwolves offense was aided by five interceptions, three in the second half, when White Knoll (5-1) built a big lead and forced the Vikings to the air.
Riley’s first touchdown pass came with 3:32 remaining in the first half to give the Timberwolves the lead for good. He faked a handoff and threw into the flat to a wide open Craig Blakey, who waltzed into the endzone untouched to make it 13-10 at the break.
After holding the Vikings (5-1) on the first series of the second half, White Knoll went 85 yards in 12 plays and consumed 6:19 of the third-quarter clock before Riley connected with Ramond Williams for a 32-yard touchdown strike to push the lead to 20-10. The score came on a 3rd-and-16 that caught Spring Valley napping.
“(Assistant) Coach (Bryson)Williams made a couple of great calls at the right time,” Walters said. “We need to be sharp in all phases of the game. We don’t consider ourselves one-dimensional, we just try to do what it takes to win.”
Riley attempted three passes and completed all three for 55 yards and two touchdowns.
Spring Valley coach Miles Aldridge was disappointed in his team’s effort.
“I didn’t think we had a lot of intensity, we didn’t play with a lot of enthusiasm and we didn’t play like we really wanted to win,” Aldridge said. “We just went through the motions. They played pretty well. They do what they do, and they do it well. They’re big and just pushed us around, and they broke a couple of runs. They pushed us out of the way and beat us.”
Quin Jones, who led the ground attack with 140 yards on 15 carries, raced 70 yards up the middle on the first play of the fourth quarter to push the lead to 27-10.
“We might have worn on them a little bit, I don’t know,” Walters said.
Until the Timberwolves exploded in the second half, it was a tight game between two teams looking for a statement win.
Spring Valley opened the scoring with a 26-yard field goal from Karsten Beaman in the first quarter. That lead was short-lived as Lamar Ray sprinted 43 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter to give White Knoll a 7-3 lead.
After having a score called back by a motion penalty, Chris Adams connected with John Miller on a 14-yard touchdown strike to push the Vikings back in front 10-7. That lasted until Riley connected with Blakey to start the Timberwolves’ streak of 20 straight points.
“We’re an average 5-1 football team,” Aldridge said. “We have to get back to fundamentals and try and win football games the rest of the way.”
SV — Karsten Beaman 26 FG 3:58
WK — Lamar Ray 43 run (Lucas Bowerman kick) 11:51
SV — John Miller 14 pass from Chris Adams (Beaman kick) 6:18
WK — Craig Blakey 17 pass from Delvin Riley (kick failed) 3:32
WK — Ramond Williams 32 pass from Riley (Bowerman kick) 2:24
WK — Quin Jones 70 run (Bowerman kick) 11:50
SV — Miller 43 run (Bowerman kick) 11:07
WK — Boweman 36 FG 4:18
Rushing: WK — Quin Jones 15-140, Lamar Ray 11-84, Diondre Hibaugh 13-66, Delvin Riley 4-3, Zach Weed 3-6. SV — John Miller 13-97, Malik Wilson 5-26, Chris Adams 4-23, Desmond Poole 4-12.
Passing: WK — Riley 3-3-0-55. SV — Adams 10-26-5-97
Receiving: WK — Ramond Williams 1-32, Craig Blakey 1-17, Julian Johnson 1-6. SV — Andrew Earle 4-48, Miller 2-24, Dominique Taylor 3-16, Bernard Whitmore 1-9..