CORRECTIONVILLE - The hard-working River Valley football team played it tough throughout in a narrow, disappointing 21-19 loss to Westwood here Friday night.
The Wolverines led in every statistical category but the final score, with the Rebels leading 7-6 at halftime, and 21-19 after three quarters, before a scoreless fourth told the tale.
Ethan Byers led the River Valley offense, scoring two touchdowns - one rushing and the other on a pass completion from quarterback Zach Hullinger. Pat Brinkman tallied the other RV TD on a running play.
Samuel Lundt led the Wolverine rushers with 13 carries for 66 yards, while Brinkman hauled it 10 times for 54 yards and a TD, and Byers rushed six times for 42 yards.
Byers also led his team in receiving with six catches for 46 yards. Hullinger finished with 12 completions in 21 attempts for 87 yards, one TD, and one interception. Tyrel McCrea had three catches for 27 yards for the host Wolverines, and also rushed seven times for 21 yards. Chance Cullen had four carries for 17 yards.
On defense for River Valley, McCrea was in on seven tackles, followed by Brad Yaremko six, Byers six, Lundt four, and Cullen three. Hullinger also had an interception for the RV boys.
All told, River Valley rushed 41 times for 214 yards, and totaled 301 yards of offense compared to 220 by the Rebels. Westwood rushed 37 tiimes for 162 yards in the run-dominated contest.
"We let several opportunities slip away the entire game," said RV coach Kent Bass. "I was proud of the way we fought back, but we need to become more of a consistent football team."
River Valley plays at dangerous Woodbury Central Friday night.