Penns Valley couldn’t keep up with Chestnut Ridge’s offense on Friday night, as Lion quarterback Tyler Wiley enjoyed the best night of his season by far.
Overall, Wiley completed 13 of 18 passes for 254 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the Lions’ 42-0 win over Penns Valley. Coming into Week 8, he was averaging about 80 yards through the air.
“I’m not historically known for my passing game, but we’ll throw the ball if we have the opportunity,” quipped Ridge coach Max Shoemaker with a laugh. “Tyler’s done well with his accuracy all season. Our passing game was huge in the first half because we really couldn’t establish much of a running attack.”
Wiley had over 200 yards of his total in the opening two quarters, and despite the first three scores all coming on the ground, the pass was very pivotal in the latter two of those drives.
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On the other side, Penns Valley was without the services of starting quarterback Ben Alexander, who accounts for a lot of the Rams offense, both rushing and passing. He was injured in last week’s game.
Wiley’s 20-yard keeper, and the first of Sean Van Meter’s six extra points on his birthday, made it 7-0. That came quickly after Penns Valley’s first punt was blocked and resulted in a seven-yard loss on the play, setting the Lions up at the Ram 25-yard line.
The hosts had the ball back after stopping Penns Valley on a three and out, and took over at their own 39. Ridge didn’t help itself with a pair of penalties, but converted a long third down as Wiley found an open Colby Hillegass for 38 yards to move the chains to the Penns Valley 31.
Wiley later found Trent Crouse to move things inside the 10, before his cousin Matt Wiley made up for a fumble by recovering it, then punching in for a touchdown from a yard out on the next snap.
Matt Wiley had his second score of the night, again from one yard, with 2:03 remaining in the half. The Rams were forced into another punt, and the Lions had outstanding field position from the PV 49 with less than a minute on the clock.
Penns Valley’s Logan Marcum sacked Tyler Wiley on the first play, but the Lions completed two passes to Bryan Feather, the first for 23 yards, and then a 33-yarder on a wheel route up the far sideline. Feather made a leaping catch for the score with only one second left. Van Meter’s PAT set it at 28-0.
Chestnut Ridge had its final two touchdowns in the second half, one in each quarter. Matt Wiley’s five-yarder to paydirt came at the 7:06 mark of the third period. Van Meter’s point-after try was partially blocked, but made it over the crossbar to give the Lions a 35-0 lead and let the mercy rule clock rundown begin.
Tyler Wiley found Feather for the final points, on a screen pass early in the final quarter.
“They’re a really good football team,” said Penns Valley coach Martin Tobias. “We came out and did the best we could under the circumstances. They benefitted from good field position in the first half.
“We just haven’t gotten the job done. I don’t believe in making excuses. Our kids are doing the best they can. Unfortunately for us, there are a number of games that haven’t worked out.”
Chestnut Ridge held Penns Valley to a mere six yards rushing and 53 yards in total offense. The Lions move to 7-1 and travel to Bellefonte next week.
“They were without their top gun (Alexander), and we didn’t know that beforehand,” said Shoemaker. “That put a dent in their offense. But our defense has played very consistent all year.”
Penns Valley, 2-6, hosts Tyrone next Friday.