MILL CREEK - Justin Fike's 1-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter lifted Tucker Valley to a 14-8 win over Tygarts Valley Wednesday night in middle school football action at Bulldog Field.
With the contest tied at 8-8 with 5:22 left in regulation, the Wildcats went in front 14-8 when Fike scampered in for the go-ahead score.
The Bulldogs marched down the field on their ensuing drive and appeared to be ready to tie the contest of take the lead.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Tucker Valley’s Ethan Crosten looks to break to the outside as blocker James Baker, left, leads the way Wednesday night in the Wildcats’ 14-8 victory over Tygarts Valley at Bulldog Field. Pursuing the play is the Bulldogs’ Caleb Riggleman (7) and Joey Taylor. It was the season finale for both teams.
But an interception from Tucker Valley's Jacob Cousin in the end zone with 24 seconds remaining preserved the win for the Wildcats.
"We had a feeling coming into tonight's game that it was going to be a battle," Tucker Valley coach Dave Kyle said. "Tygarts Valley has a great team and they really played us well. It was a fight until the very end."
Tucker Valley, which ends the season with a 7-1 record, jumped out to an 8-0 lead when Ethan Crosten threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to James Baker with 43 seconds left in the opening quarter,
Tygarts Valley tied the contest at 8-8 when Rece Wamsley found Caleb Riggleman for a 28-yard touchdown reception with 41 seconds remaining in the first half. Darrell Martin ran in the 2-point conversion.
Fike finished with 69 yards rushing on 11 carries. Ethan Crosten added 42 yards and 10 attempts, and also completed 5-of-7 passes for 52 yards.
Brody Strawderman had five tackles for the Wildcats defense.
Ronnie Nicholas finished with 68 yards on 12 carries, while Martin ran for 40 yards on 10 totes for the Bulldogs. Nicholas just missed breaking the 1,000-yard mark for the season, finishing with 983 yards.
Wamsley completed 3-of-9 passes for 60 yards for Tygarts Valley. Riggleman had two catches for 40 yards, while Jace Stanley had one reception for 20 yards.
Nicholas and Martin had six tackles each to lead Tygarts Valley's defense. Wamsley had an interception.
Tygarts Valley finishes the season with a 5-3 mark, its first winning season in 10 years.