MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- Valley exorcised a ghost from seasons past Friday night.
Senior running back Keyshawn Payne churned out 151 yards and scored a touchdown while the defense forced five turnovers as the Greyhounds stayed unbeaten with a 38-15 victory over Parkersburg Catholic. A crowd of about 600 attended the Class A matchup of state-ranked teams at WVU Tech's Martin Field.
Valley (7-0), No. 3 in this week's Class A ratings, had lost the past three seasons to the No. 14 Crusaders (6-2) by scores of 37-14, 27-22 and 28-0.
"It feels good to beat them,'' said Payne, who scored on a 67-yard run up the middle with 51.8 seconds left to seal the win.
"My sophomore year they beat us on a last-second drive. That really crushed us. We were counted out on paper. We just showed them we came to play. Great blocking by the line and great defense. We caused turnovers and that's what won us the ballgame. That's all we have to do.''
The Greyhounds surged into a 22-0 lead in the first 18 minutes on senior tailback Darius Hutchinson's 10-yard run, sophomore wide receiver Druw Bowen's recovery of his own fumble in the end zone after a 55-yard reception and senior back Dante Wilkerson's 2-yard run.
The Crusaders, though, closed within 22-15 at halftime on junior running back Jake Boice's 2-yard TD run and junior wideout Nick Roedersheimer's 69-yard pass from senior quarterback Payton Sturm with no time left in the second quarter.
Valley could have had a larger lead at the break but turned the ball over on downs at the Catholic 5- and 16-yard lines.