TIPP CITY — The Twin Valley South football team lost a Cross County Conference game against the Bethel Bees, 30-15, on Friday, Oct. 7.
“It was a tough physical game for both teams,” said TVS coach Clint Bartlett. “Our boys played hard, and so did Bethel. Coach Clodfelter and his staff did a nice job for Bethel, and their kids played very hard.”
The game was tight the entire contest, and the outcome of the game was in constant flux until the end. Bethel scored the first touchdown and completed a two-point conversion to take the lead at 8-0. South came back and hit Jared Cottingim on a touchdown pass. The Panthers went for two and succeeded, and Sammy Shockey punched it in to tie it up, 8-8.
Bethel scored again to make it 15-8 in the second quarter, but TVS made another touchdown, tying it up 15-15 before the half.
The third, and most of the fourth quarter, were back and forth affairs offensively for both teams, with neither team scoring until the middle of the fourth when Bethel hit another touchdown pass with about 6:30 left in the game making it 22-15. South was stopped and forced to punt on its next drive, and then Bethel broke an approximate 50-yard touchdown run, making it 30-15 in a matter of moments.
“Our boys kept battling, but in the end we just couldn’t get it done,” said Bartlett. “Now we have to get ready for a tough, undefeated Covington team. I know the boys are going to be fired up and ready to play.”
Shockey had 20 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown, while Andrew Augspurger had 83 yards on 17 carries. Quarterback Mike Meyers had seven completions out of 14 attempts for 75 yards. Jared Cottingim had three catches for 57 yards and a touchdown, and Cade Cottingim had one catch for 14 yards. Troy Bowers added two catches for nine yards.
With three games remaining in the regular season, Twin Valley South is in fifth place in the CCC standings with a 3-2 record, and is 3-4 overall this year. The Panthers will host Covington on Friday, Oct. 14. The Covington Buccaneers are atop the league standings at 6-0, and 7-0 overall.
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