The Greyhounds needed just two plays on their first possession of the third period to double up the Crusaders 30-15 as Valley senior signal-caller Raeshawn Breckenridge scampered for a 46-yard score.
Catholic had the ball five more times, but Valley's defense held firm each time, coming up with two turnovers (one fumble, one interception), forcing two punts and getting the ball back on downs.
"It's good to get 'em,'' veteran Valley coach Benny Hopkins said of beating the Crusaders. "We've been playing like that all year.
"I told [our players] on Monday that defense was going to win the football game. We're pretty good on paper, but we played pretty good tonight, too.''
Valley's Breckenridge completed only 2 of 13 passes for 61 yards, but didn't make any mistakes. He also added 76 yards rushing on seven attempts. The Greyhounds piled up 404 yards of total offense with 343 coming on the ground on 45 rushes.
"I think we can go 10-0 if we keep our heads on straight, practice hard and stay focused the rest of the year,'' said Payne.
Boice finished with 101 yards on 16 carries for Catholic and added two catches for 72 yards.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.