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Updated 1:10 a.m., River Valley downs Lake, 36-25 PDF Print E-mail
Written by ACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 08 November 2013 22:55
Lake's Adam Duncan (23) escapes River Valley's De Clarke (9) as Garrett Trafzer (35) moves to defend. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune).
Lake's Adam Duncan (23) escapes River Valley's De Clarke (9) as Garrett Trafzer (35) moves to defend. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
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CALEDONIA ­— River Valley rolled ahead 27-0, and then held off Lake 36-25 Friday night in a Division IV, Region 12 quarterfinal playoff game.
The Vikings, 11-0, set the tone early with ball control, and while the Flyers, 8-3, battled back, they could never recover.
“They were very physical. I thought we could man up with them defensively, but they were just more physical than we were,” Lake head coach Mark Emans said.
River Valley quarterback Matt Green did a good job running the triple option. He finished with 163 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Green also was 4-of-7 passing for 76 yards with an interception.
The Vikings’ offensive line did a nice job of blocking, and the ball carriers made Lake’s would-be tacklers miss. River Valley finished with 431 yards of total offense, including 337 yards rushing on 66 carries.
“We didn’t tackle well and we struggled lining up well early in the game,” Emans said. “They had a very good plan, and they have got some very good players.
“We tackled air a couple of times. In big games, when you tackle air, you are going to have a tough time winning. They were better than us tonight.”
River Valley set the tone on the opening possession of the game, using 16 plays to go 67 yards for a touchdown, while taking 6:45 off the clock. Green got the score on an 11-yard run.
Lake responded with two first downs, but was stopped on fourth down at the RV 22-yard line.
Seven plays later, Green scored on a 20-yard run and with the PAT it was 14-0.
“Our M.O. a lot of times, is ball control,” said RV head coach Doug Green, who is the father of the Vikings’ quarterback. “If we can, we want to run as much as possible.
‘”Any time against a team that is going to throw the ball, if we’re able to take time off the clock and run those drives, that’s up right up our alley.’’
Emans thought his team was tentative in the early going.
“Maybe we just didn’t have them ready mentally for the start of the game,” Emans said. “They were kind of wide-eyed the first eight or 10 minutes.’’
RV added two touchdowns in the second quarter and it appeared the Vikings would cruise to the victory.
Lake had other plans, and put together a quick scoring drive for a touchdown with 56.8 seconds left in the first half. Adam Duncan threw a halfback pass to quarterback Jared Rettig, covering 26 yards, for the TD. With the PAT, Lake trailed 27-7.
“At halftime, we kind of got after them, to stop playing scared,” Emans said. “We were a little bit intimidated ... It just kind of overwhelmed them a little bit.”
Rettig put on a passing display in the second half, especially in the third quarter. He was 7-of-8 passing for 96 yards in the third quarter.
Rettig ran for a 5-yard TD on Lake’s first possession of the second half. The PAT failed, and RV still led 27-13.
Green answered with his third TD run of the game with 3:58 left in the third quarter and with the PAT, the Vikings were up 34-13. However, it was River Valley’s final TD of the game.
On the final play of the third quarter, Rettig passed 17 yards to Duncan for a TD. The PAT pass failed, and RV led 34-19.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Rettig connected with Todd Walters for a 65-yard catch-and-run for a TD. Walters screened the Vikings’ defender, and spun around him before racing to the end zone. The PAT pass failed, and RV still led 34-25.
River Valley then ran 6:25 off the clock before turning the ball over on downs with a minute left to play. Rettig was sacked in the end zone to complete the scoring.
“I was very proud of them in the second half; our kids did a great job in the second half,” Emans said.
“I’m very happy with our kids effort, and I’m very happy with what we’ve done this year,” Emans added. “This is a nice building block, hopefully, for years come.
“I’m just disappointed that we didn’t start out well.”
Rettig finished 16-of-24 passing for 201 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
RIVER VALLEY 36, LAKE 25
LAKE    0    7    12    6    —25
RIVER VALLEY    14    13    7    2    —36
RV — Green, 11 run (Green kick)
RV — Green, 20 run (Green kick)
RV — Simmons, 18 run (kick failed)
RV — Stuckman, 1 run (Green kick)
L — Jared Rettig, 26 pass from Duncan (Duncan kick)
L — Jared Rettig, 5 run (kick failed)
RV — Green, 13 run (Green kick)
L — Duncan, 17 pass from Jared Rettig (pass failed)
L — Walters, 65 pass from Jared Rettig (run failed)
RV — Safety, Hale tackled Jared Rettig in end zone

TEAM STATISTICS
Category            L    RV
First downs    14    23
By rushing    5    20
By passing    8    3
By penalty    1    0
Total net yards    291    431
Rushing    64    337
Passing    227    76
Attempts    25    7
Completions    17    4
Interceptions    1    1
Punts/average    2/20.0    1/30.0
Penalties/yards    3/20    3/17
Fumbles/lost     2/0    2/0
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING: (L) Short, 7-32; Rettig, 6-17; Bryan, 5-(minus 1); Duncan, 2-17; Walsh, 2-(minus 1). (PV) Green, 17-163; Kelley, 5-16; Stuckman, 21-63; Simmons, 10-53; Clarke, 9-25; Silva, 3-19; team, 1-(minus 2).
PASSING: (L) Rettig, 16-24-1—201; Duncan, 1-1-0—26. (PV) Green, 4-7-1—76.
RECEIVING: (L) Walters, 6-118; Walsh, 3-12; Duncan, 4-52; Bryan, 2-19; Rettig, 1-16. (PV) Mathey, 1-8; Hale, 1-1; Clarke, 1-38; Kelley, 1-29. “We didn’t tackle well and we struggled lining up well early in the game,” Emans said. “They had a very good plan, and they have got some very good players.
“We tackled air a couple of times. In big games, when you tackle air, you are going to have a tough time winning. They were better than us tonight.”
River Valley set the tone on the opening possession of the game, using 16 plays to go 67 yards for a touchdown, while taking 6:45 off the clock. Green got the score on an 11-yard run.
Lake responded with two first downs, but was stopped on fourth down at the RV 22-yard line.
Seven plays later, Green scored on a 20-yard run and with the PAT it was 14-0.
“Our M.O. a lot of times, is ball control,” said RV head coach Doug Green, who is the father of the Vikings’ quarterback. “If we can, we want to run as much as possible.
‘”Any time against a team that is going to throw the ball, if we’re able to take time off the clock and run those drives, that’s up right up our alley.’’
Emans thought his team was tentative in the early going.
Lake's Jared Rettig (left) is sacked by River Valley's Jordan Hale (middle) and Bailey Cole (7). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Lake's Jared Rettig (left) is sacked by River Valley's Jordan Hale (middle) and Bailey Cole (7). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
“Maybe we just didn’t have them ready mentally for the start of the game,” Emans said. “They were kind of wide-eyed the first eight or 10 minutes.’’
RV added two touchdowns in the second quarter and it appeared the Vikings would cruise to the victory.
Lake had other plans, and put together a quick scoring drive for a touchdown with 56.8 seconds left in the first half. Adam Duncan threw a halfback pass to quarterback Jared Rettig, covering 26 yards, for the TD. With the PAT, Lake trailed 27-7.
“At halftime, we kind of got after them, to stop playing scared,” Emans said. “We were a little bit intimidated ... It just kind of overwhelmed them a little bit.”
Rettig put on a passing display in the second half, especially in the third quarter. He was 7-of-8 passing for 96 yards in the third quarter.
Rettig ran for a 5-yard TD on Lake’s first possession of the second half. The PAT failed, and RV still led 27-13.
Green answered with his third TD run of the game with 3:58 left in the third quarter and with the PAT, the Vikings were up 34-13. However, it was River Valley’s final TD of the game.
On the final play of the third quarter, Rettig passed 17 yards to Duncan for a TD. The PAT pass failed, and RV led 34-19.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Rettig connected with Todd Walters for a 65-yard catch-and-run for a TD. Walters screened the Vikings’ defender, and spun around him before racing to the end zone. The PAT pass failed, and RV still led 34-25.
River Valley then ran 6:25 off the clock before turning the ball over on downs with a minute left to play. Rettig was sacked in the end zone to complete the scoring.
“I was very proud of them in the second half; our kids did a great job in the second half,” Emans said.
“I’m very happy with our kids effort, and I’m very happy with what we’ve done this year,” Emans added. “This is a nice building block, hopefully, for years come.
“I’m just disappointed that we didn’t start out well.”

Lake 0 7 12 6 - 25
River Valley 14 13 7 2 -36
RV - Green, 11 run (Green kick)
RV - Green, 20 run (Green kick)
RV - Simmons, 18 run (kick failed)
RV - Stuckman, 1 run (Green kick)
L - Jared Rettig, 26 pass from Duncan (Duncan kick)
L - Jared Rettig, 5 run (kick failed)
RV - Green, 13 run (Green kick)
L - Duncan, 17 pass from Jared Rettig (pass failed)
L - Walters, 65 pass from Jared Rettig (run failed)
RV - Safety, Hale tackled Jared Rettig in end zone
Last Updated on Saturday, 09 November 2013 09:51
 

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