KENOVA, W.Va. -- Usually when a team wins by 32 points, racks up 28 first downs and rushes for 400 yards, the winning coach is pleased.
However, that was not the case with Spring Valley coach Brad Dingess after his team's 35-3 triumph over Riverside Friday night at the Wolves' Den.
"It just didn't seem like we had any fire," Dingess said. "The defense played good, and we were able to keep them out of the end zone. It wasn't like we weren't able to move the ball, because we did, but it just seemed like we were going through the motions. The players executed the game plan, but it just felt kind of blah."
The Wolves, who led by just 14-3 at halftime, drew first blood at the 5:13 mark of the first quarter when Colby Webb scored on a 14-yard run that capped a seven-play, 87-yard drive on their opening possession. Webb's TD play followed a 31-yard jaunt by Breyer Brewer to set the Wolves up inside the Warrior red zone.
Spring Valley (5-2) continued to assert itself offensively with a powerful running game, scoring on its second possession as quarterback Tyler Brown scampered in from 13 yards out for a 14-0 lead.
It seemed the Wolves could run at will in the opening stanza, regardless of formation. The seven-play, 55-yard drive saw the Wolves shift from their base wing-T set to a two-back shotgun. Although the look was different, the result was the same.
Valley appeared poised to run away with the game midway through the second quarter when Brown connected with Webb on a 28-yard corner route inside the Warrior 1. However, Webb lost control of the ball and Riverside's Zach Cracey recovered in the end zone for a touchback.
The Warriors (1-6) took advantage of the miscue eight plays later when Derik Chestnut drilled a 29-yard field goal to put Riverside on the board. The kick was set up by a 54-yard run by Will Jackson that move Riverside to the Spring Valley 11.