Valley offense still rolling
ALEXANDRIA — On a frigid night from A.R. Simkins Memorial Field, Juniata Valley continued its offensive display from a week before and beat Claysburg-Kimmel by a score of 42-0.
Following a 62-point performance is no easy task, but the Green Hornets showed that the offensive struggles they experienced against Williamsburg a couple weeks ago are in the past. Hornet quarterback Hunter Johnson threw three touchdowns and also ran one in to lead the charge on offense. Jake Johnson impressed on both sides of the ball, catching two scores and picking off a pass on defense and returning it for a touchdown early in the second quarter.
The defense was also dominant, stifling the entire Claysburg offense, limiting the squad to less than 100 total yards.
Play of the game: Juniata Valley defensive back Jake Johnson stepped in front of his man on an underthrown pass and intercepted the ball, bringing it all the way to the end zone for a touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter.
Player of the game: Juniata Valley defensive back and receiver Jake Johnson had 49 yards receiving on two catches which both went for touchdowns. He also contributed an interception on defense which he returned for a score.
Unsung hero: The Juniata Valley secondary forced six straight incompletions to start Bulldog quarterback Caleb Oakes’ night. The unit benefited from a defensive front that repeatedly penetrated the Claysburg backfield.
Most vital statistics: Juniata Valley won the turnover battle by a two-to-one ratio. After punting on their opening drive, the Hornets scored on five consecutive possessions in the first half.
Juniata Valley coach Bill Musser: “I was pleased with how we came out with the attitude to take it to them. We took advantage of the opportunities Claysburg presented us.”
Claysburg-Kimmel coach Matt Bilchak: “We’re playing a lot of younger kids right now. I think this was a great learning moment, to try to get them to grow and understand the things that it takes to year in and year out to be a great football team. We’ve had some success recently, but I feel like at times it’s taken for granted.”
Notable: Juniata Valley used nine different ball carriers on offense, totaling just more than 160 yards on the ground. … Despite a lot of pressure from both defensive lines, there were only three sacks on the night between the two teams.
Records: Juniata Valley (3-1); Claysburg (1-3).
Next week: Juniata Valley travels to Northern Bedford County. Claysburg-Kimmel hosts Williamsburg.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Claysburg-Kimmel 0 0 0 0 — 0
Juniata Valley 19 16 7 0 — 42
JV–J. Johnson 30 pass from H. Johnson (kick failed), 4:52.
JV–H. Johnson 18 rush (pass failed), 2:01.
JV–Brower 41 pass from H. Johnson (Hill kick), 0:46.
JV–J. Johnson 26 interception (run good), 11:02.
JV–Rand 5 rush (run good), 5:39.
JV–J. Johnson 19 pass from H. Johnson (Hill kick), 7:34.
TEAM STATISTICS CK JV
First downs 5 16
Total yards 95 254
Rushes-yards 28-56 27-162
Yards passing 39 92
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 4-10-1 8-12-0
Punts-avg. 6-27 3-39
Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-yards 3-30 4-45
RUSHING–Claysburg, Imler 11-29, Noah 6-15, Weyandt 2-9, Bush 2-3, Claycomb 3-3, Walters 1-2, McGeary 3-2. Juniata Valley, Rand 7-77, Brower 3-34, Boone 8-29, Hoover 4-25, Beasom 1-9, H. Johnson 2-8, Bark 1-0, Weirich 1-(minus 2), Edwards (minus 18).
PASSING–Claysburg, Oakes 4-10-1-39. Juniata Valley, H. Johnson 8-12-0-92.
RECEIVING–Claysburg, Noah 1-24, Imler 1-9, Bush 1-6. Juniata Valley, Brower 2-51, J.Johnson 2-49, Reed 1-10, J. Hill 1-10, Boone 1-1, Rand 1-1.