After a week of a dim national spotlight, Spring Valley enjoyed a 48-14 Homecoming victory over Region IV-4A rival Ridge View Friday night.
The win comes four days after School Resource Officer Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields was fired after he was shown forcibly removing a student from a classroom. Fields was also an assistant coach on the football team.
The Vikings (5-4, 2-1) went right to work shortly after the kickoff. Cameron Jones scored on a 34-yard touchdown run two minutes and 36 seconds into the game. Later in the quarter, Ty’Juan Fulton broke free on a 27-yard scamper to make it 14-0.
Jones closed out the first quarter with a 62-yard TD run. Quarterback Ryan Lee threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Da’Prince Hayes in the second quarter to give the Vikings a 27-0 halftime lead.
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Ridge View (5-5, 2-2) opened second-half action with Tre High’s 15-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 27-7.
Spring Valley’s R.J. Bacon pulled in an 18-yard Ryan Lee TD pass soon afterward.
After Blazers quarterback D’Marco Ziegler found Justin McCrae for a 36-yard TD pass in the fourth, Lee and KeAndre Jones scored again for the Vikings to seal the win.
Spring Valley Principal Jeff Timoney addressed the Homecoming crowd before the playing of the National Anthem, stating that he was proud of the Spring Valley students getting through “a tough week.”
“Tonight we stand tall, and we stand Viking Proud, and Blazer Proud,” he said.
Spring Valley’s 6-play, 55-yard drive to start the game set the tone for the Vikings, who never looked back.
Ty’Juan Fulton: The Spring Valley running back led all rushers on the night with 117 yard and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
Da’Prince Haynes: Not only did the Spring Valley receiver make a touchdown catch, he intercepted a Ridge View pass deep into Vikings territory that kept the Blazers off the board in the first half.
Tre High: The Ridge View starting quarterback rushed 14 times for 101 yards and a TD.
THEY SAID IT
“A very emotional week for our kids here. We’re very blessed. We’ve got a great principal in Jeff Timoney who’s done a lot of things to keep this community together. Our administration is great, our faculty’s great, our kids are great.” – Robin Bacon, Spring Valley coach
“We didn’t’ play a good football game. We worked the wing (Spring Valley’s Wing-T offense) all week, then they came out in the wishbone, but we’ve got to do a better job We’ve got to put the kids in a better position to start and win.” – Perry Parks, Ridge View coach
“This school needed this. This school, the community, the kids, the seniors really stepped up and played. Coach Parks has done a remarkable job with Ridge View, we’re just blessed to end up beating them.” – Bacon
THREE KEY NUMBERS
108: Number of rushing yards Ty’Juan Fulton had in the first half.
26.8: average distance in yards for six Ridge View punts.
26: Spring Valley’s shortest distance on the night for touchdown runs.
HOW THEY SCORED
S – Cameron Jones 34 run (R.J. Bacon kick) 9:24
S – Ty’Juan Fulton 27 run (Bacon kick) 4:54
S – Fulton 62 run (kick failed) :44
S – Da’Prince Haynes 31 pass from Ryan Lee (Bacon kick) 8:24
R – Tre High 15 run (Nick Lawyer kick) 9:24
S – Bacon 18 pass from Lee (Bacon kick) 7:47
R – Justin McCrae 36 pass from D’Marco Zeigler (Laywer kick) 11:06
S – Lee 42 run (Bacon kick) 8:51
S – KeAndre Jones 26 run (Bacon kick) 5:17
Rushing: Ridge View – Ali Kelly 11-57, Tre High 14-101, D’Marco Ziegler 3-12, Cam Napper 1-0. Spring Valley – Ty’Juan Fulton 9-117, Cameron Jones 5-48, Terrell Jackson 2-3, Ryan Lee 4-50, Justin Haynes 1-(-5), Kadarius Bunch 4-13, KeAndre Jones 2-28.
Passing: Ridge View – Tre High 13-5-1, D’Marco Zeigler 8-2-0. Spring Valley – Ryan Lee 4-3-0.
Receiving: Ridge View – Daniel Green 2-20, Cam Napper 2-10, Justin McCrae 2-51, Tre High 1-17. Spring Valley – Ty’Juan Fulton 1-28, Da’Prince Haynes 1-31, R.J. Bacon 1-18.