Jordan Valley 48, Monument-Dayville-Mitchell 20
JORDAN VALLEY - Monument-Dayville-Mitchell football coach Skip Inscore said the Tigers played their best game of the season against Jordan Valley on Friday, Oct. 4.
The Tigers moved the ball well and kept the score close for three quarters, but wore down against in the final 12 minutes of the contest against the strong Mustang team and came up on the short end of a 48-20 score.
The loss drops the Tigers to 0-2 in the TriCo League and 1-4 overall.
"We played very well against Jordan Valley, probably the best we've played all season," Inscore said. "If we'd have played this well in our other games, we probably would be 4-1 overall."
The Tigers got off to a good start, recovering an onside kick to open the game and driving the ball down to the Mustang 20-yard line before being stopped.
Jordan Valley came right back and scored on a four-play drive to take an 8-0 lead, but the fighting Tigers mounted a drive of their own taking the ball to the Jordan Valley 32-yard line before a fumble turned the ball back to the Mustangs.
Things were looking bleak in the waning moments of the first quarter when the Mustangs scored on two plays after the fumble recovery to go ahead 16-0, but junior Nathaniel Ashley ran the ensuing kickoff back 70 yards for a touchdown and all of a sudden the Tigers were trailing by 10 points, 16-6.
The defense on both sides of the ball went to work and the two teams traded punts after six-play drives, before the Mustangs were able put another score on the board to lead 24-6.
Just before halftime, Tiger quarterback Doni Duncan hit Dustin Jewell with a scoring pass and the Tigers went into the break trailing 24-14.
The Mustangs added a touchdown early in the third quarter to hold a 30-14 lead before Dane Smith ripped off a 42-yard run to pay dirt to trim the Mustangs' margin to 30-20.
"In the fourth quarter we just wore down and they were able to score twice on us late in the game," Inscore said. "They ran out of a spread offense and optioned the ball. We'd hold them and then they'd make a big play. It was the big plays that killed us. They have some strong, quick runners on their team and defensively we wore down against their hi-powered offense."
Smith led the Tigers with 124 rushing yards on 21 carries. Eric Lofton netted 88 yards on 14 attempts.
Duncan was 9-for-16 in passing for 176 yards.
"We moved the ball more effectively on offense than we did in all of our previous games, and this was by far the best game we've played all season," said Inscore. "They have a very talented team and we played well against them. I was pleased with the way our offensive line played. They sustained their blocks and we were able to move the ball on the ground. Doni threw the ball exceptionally well and there was only one pass that was off the mark. Our line blocked well and he had time to throw the ball."
The Tigers return to action on Thursday, Oct. 10, hosting Harper/Huntington at Mitchell for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.