NEW LEBANON — Twin Valley South’s football team kicked off the 2018 season with an impressive 35-12 win over host Dixie on Friday, Aug. 24.
Isaac Clark rushed for 102 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns as South won it’s season opener for the first time since the 2015 season.
“It was a great way to start off our season,” South coach Clint Bartlett said. “The boys did a great job, it was a great team effort, great for our spirits and great for the community. The team came out and executed the game plan. Our offense was able to move the ball, and was able to convert some big third and fourth downs when we needed them to.”
Bartlett said the Panthers play was solid in all three phases of the game.
“We had a big kick off return for a touchdown. Our defense was able to step up on a few occasions and get stops when we had to,” he said.
Bartlett said he expected a tough game and is glad to be 1-0.
”Dixie is a good ball club and their kids played hard. We are excited to be 1-0, but know that now we have to get back to work,” he said.
South led 15-6 after the first quarter and extended its lead to 21-6 at halftime. The Panthers led 28-6 after three quarters.
Panther quarterback Cade Cottingim rushed for 50 yards and completed 4-of-6 passes for 75 yards. He rushed for a touchdown and passed for another.
Michael Crews rushed for 55 yards and a score. Chandler Napier caught three passes for 44 yards and a touchdown.
South will play its home opener on Friday, Aug. 31, when it entertains Preble Shawnee and former assistant coach David Maddox.
Shawnee is coming off a 37-12 loss to Talawanda last week.
“We have a tough Preble Shawnee team this week,” Bartlett said. “They’ve got a great new coach, Dave Maddox, and I know that he will have his kids ready to play and compete. So we are going to have to be ready play and make sure that we execute the things that we are going to try and do. Should be a great game.”
Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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