CORRECTIONVILLE - River Valley coach Kent Bass called the Sept. 21 football game with LeMars Gehlen "the best all-around football game we've played since I've been here."
Other Bass comments: "I'm very proud of the effort we gave to fight our way back into the game," and "This was just a great football game with two evenly matched teams."
A big win for the Wolverines, right? Well no, not quite. Actually, Gehlen scored the winning touchdown on a pass to Cody Campbell with just 40 seconds to go in the ballgame, and came out on top, 28-27.
However, regardless of which team won, it was indeed "a great game with two evenly matched teams," as Coach Bass said.
The Gehlen Jays held a 14-7 lead after the first quarter and were up 21-13 at the half. The two teams played a scoreless third quarter, then RV put 14 points on the board in the 4th to take a 27-21 lead before the Jays' winning TD and extra point in the last minute of the game.
The stats were about as even as the score. RV had 60 plays from scrimmage and Gehlen 57; River Valley 12 first downs, Gehlen 13; RV 285 yards in total offense (219 of it rushing), Gehlen 313 (228 passing).
Ethan Byers led the Wolverines in rushing with 118 yards on 22 attempts and scored three touchdowns. Zach Hullinger completed 6 of 12 passes for 66 yards.He also completed one pass to Anthony Volkert for a two-point extra point conversion, and had one pass intercepted. Byers and Volkert each caught two passes.
Taylor Smith completed 15 of 29 pass attempts for Gehlen, for 228 yards and three touchdowns. The Wolverines also intercepted three of his passes, one each by Chance Cullen, Pat Brinkman, and Hullinger. Austin Hawkins also recovered a fumble for River Valley.
On defense, Byers had seven solo and three assisted tackles, including four sacks; Tyrel McCrea had seven solos and one assist; Cullen six solos and two assists; Brinkman five solos and two assists, and Samuel Lundt five solo stops.
The RV boys take on undefeated and ranked Lawton-Bronson in Lawton Friday nght.