Union/A-C Valley hangs on against Keystone @ACV_Football @rsmithcomptech
Written by: Shane Lux on Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Tanner Merwin’s 20-yard touchdown reception from Luke Bowser with 8:46 to play in the first half gave the Falcon-Knights 12-8 victory Thursday night at Keystone High School against the Panthers.
“It means everything tonight,” said Union/A-C Valley head coach Brad Dittman. “We were on a 3-game slide, but the kids pulled together tonight. We’re not ready to let our season be over. We’re still in position for the playoffs after this game.”
Union/A-C Valley which found themselves down 8-0 after quarter – was able to find their footing “a little” in the second quarter on a wet and muddy field.
Caden Rainey scored on a 3-yard run at the 10:42 mark of the quarter get the Falcon-Knights on the board. Following a successful onside kick, quarterback Luke Bowser was able to connect with Merwin down the near sideline for a 20-yard touchdown pass on 4th-down that would turn out to be the game winner.
“That onside kick was not planned,” said Dittman. “Our kicker hit the ball with the side of his foot, but we hustled down there and made the recovery.”
The Union/A-C Valley defense not only came up with every defensive stop following the Panthers first drive. They also intercepted quarterback Isaak Jones three times.
“We’ve been getting turnovers all year. But we’ve been turning the ball over too much ourselves during the first six weeks,” Dittman said. “Tonight the kids did a great job holding and taking care of the football.”
Jones scored the first touchdown of the game for Keystone on a 6-yard run. But after that, the Panthers were only able to move the ball between the 20-yard lines.
“This was a tough one,” said Keystone head coach Ryan Smith. “We moved the ball and got deep in their territory, but turned the ball and just made too many bad decisions.”
Keystone’s best chance to win the game came when they were looking at 1st-and-10 from the Falcon-Knights 17-yard line. After three plays and a false start penalty, they were forced into a 4th-and-13 from the 20-yard line.
Jones fired a pass into the end zone that was broken up by Quinton Weaver with 1:38 to play that sealed the win for Union/A-C Valley.
“It’s just huge for the season,” said Dittman. “We didn’t want things to end tonight. We did a great job keeping our season alive.”
Both teams are now at 3-4 on the season. Keystone held a 324 to 137 advantage in total offense.
“We need to keep our heads up,” said Smith. “We battled all night long, but just came up a little short.”
Union/A-C Valley 12 Keystone 8
Score by Quarters
Union/ACV – 6 6 0 0 – 12
Keystone – 8 0 0 0 – 8
K – Isaak Jones 6 yd run (Nick Weaver rush), 5:36
U – Caden Rainey 3 yd run (rush failed), 10:42
U – Tanner Merwin 20 yd pass from Luke Bowser (pass failed), 8:46
Rushing: Union/ACV – Nolan Cumberland 8-2, Jonathan Powell 14-59, Rainey 5-27, Bowser 3-1, Merwin 1-(-3). Tony Thompson 1-2, Carter Vogle 2-1, Team 1-0. Totals: 35-89. Keystone – David Woodie 2-3, Jones 10-29, Weaver 21-67, Keenan Heeter 1-4. Totals: 34-103.
Passing: Union/ACV – #Bowser 3-for-13, 48 yards. Keystone – Jones 10-for-23, 221 yards, 3 interceptions, #20 1-for-1, 6 yards.
Receiving: Union/ACV – Rainey 1-22, Merwin 1-20, Cumberland 1-6. Keystone – Logan Sell 1-26, Hunter Langharst 2-45, Gavin Hogue 1-6, Brandon Kapp 4-69, Skylar Kagle 1-33, Weaver 1-1, Jayden Blazosky 1-38, Jonathan Lee 1-9.
Interceptions: Union/ACV – 3 – Thompson, Merwin, Brady Cullen.
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