Valley’s offense ignites in 2nd half
ALEXANDRIA — Juniata Valley went to the ground game and forced a critical turnover in the second half as it pulled away from Southern Huntingdon, 34-13, Friday night at A.R. Simkins Memorial Field.
The Green Hornets’ defense was all over the Rockets, forcing six turnovers. They scored on a blocked punt by Isaac Watson as well as fumble return for a score by Jacob Hensor.
Ryann Betres powered the running game, scoring two times and racking up 166 yards on 24 carries. He was one of two Hornets to top the century mark.
Play of the game: Hensor came up with a scoop and score from 23-yards out that put the Green Hornets up 20-13 with 3:42 in the third quarter.
Players of the game: Betres rushed for 166 yards on 24 carries and two TDs and Gabe Brower had 131 yards on the ground on 15 touches including a 49-yard score in the fourth.
Unsung hero(es): The Green Hornet defense forced five turnovers.
Most vital statistic(s): Juniata Valley scored 21 points off of Southern Huntingdon mistakes.
Juniata Valley coach Bill Musser: “Their defense presented an opportunity for us to run the football in certain locations and places, and we did a good job of taking advantage of that opportunity.”
Southern Huntingdon coach Ryan Garlock: “We just played sloppy. It’s the exact thing Mount Union did to us last week, they just ran in and jumped in front of our up backs. (Juniata) Valley did the same thing.”
Juniata Valley RB Ryann Betres: “We went up and made up a couple of adjustments in the locker room, got everyone’s head straight, and they came out and just did a phenomenal job and just took heads (in the second half).”
Notable: The Green Hornets had 23 first downs compared to the Rockets’ 12. … Juniata Valley committed seven penalties for 70 yards compared to Southern Huntingdon’s two for 16. … The Hornets racked up 324 yards on the ground, led by two 100-yard rushers.
Records: Southern Huntingdon is now 3-2 and 2-2 in the ICC. Juniata Valley is 4-1 and 3-1 in the ICC.
Next week: Southern Huntingdon welcomes Glendale to town and Juniata Valley makes the trip to Tussey Mountain.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Southern Huntingdon 7 0 6 0 — 13
Juniata Valley 7 0 13 14 — 34
SH–Gardner 10 pass from Garlock (Winter kick), 7:53.
JV–Watson 1 block punt return (Hill kick), :40.
JV–Betres 11 run (kick failed), 7:20.
SH–Gardner 65 pass from Garlock (kick failed), 6:12.
JV–Hensor 23 fumble return (Hill kick), 3:42.
JV–Brower 49 run (Hill kick), 9:53.
JV–Betres 4 run (Hill kick), 4:03.
TEAM STATISTICS SH JV
First downs 12 23
Total yards 273 435
Rushes-yards 22-78 47-324
Yards passing 195 111
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 11-32-3 11-15-2
Punts-avg. 2-35 0-0
Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-1
Penalties-yards 2-16 7-70
RUSHING–Southern Huntingdon, Garlock 11-38, Marino 10-30, Hunsinger 1-10. Juniata Valley, Betres 24-166, Brower 15-131, Rupert 4-16, G. Musser 2-7, Dively 1-5, TEAM 1-(-1).
PASSING–Southern Huntingdon, Garlock 11-31-3-195. Juniata Valley, Rupert 11-15-2-111.
RECEIVING–Southern Huntingdon, Hunsinger 3-37, Garner 4-101, Booher 1-40, Marino, 1-7 Myers 1-6, Moore 1-4. Juniata Valley, G. Musser 5-28, Brower 3-33, Giles 1-7, M. Musser 1-25, Hensor 1-18.