Tyrone’s 1-2 punch of Gary Weaver and Drew Hunter knocked out Penns Valley. 34-6, at Gray Veteran’s Memorial Field Friday night.
Weaver, the junior tailback, ran for 118 yards and two scores and caught a touchdown pass from Hunter, who completed 10 of 15 passes for 241 yards and three scores. Weaver now has 1,047 yards for the season.
“They’ve got a nice team,” said Penns Valley coach Martin Tobias. “It’s not just one guy. They complement each other well. They have speed over the top and they have power inside. They did everything we saw on film. They did what they do and they do it well.”
And they did it with a methodical precision, driving 73 yards the first time they touched the ball, running off 10 plays, eight of them runs by Weaver and two pass completions from Hunter to Cullen Raftery and Michael Lewis. Weaver took it in from the six with 3:39 and Ethan Vipond’s kick made it 7-0.
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On Tyrone’s next possession, Weaver gained three yards on first down and on second down Hunter faked to him and hit Raftery for a 60-yard score with 1:06 still to go in the quarter. Vipond converted the PAT.
The second quarter was more of the same as the Golden Eagles marched 80 yards in eight plays, getting big plays through the air on completions to Raftery for 34 yards and Parker Mitchell for 22. With the ball on the 27, Weaver got loose for 18 yards and then circled the left side from nine yards out with 5:35 left in the half.
After a three-and-out on its next possession, Tyrone got into the end zone with 1:14 left in the half when Hunter and Raftery combined for a 37-yard score and Vipond made it 28-0 at the break.
Tyrone got the ball to start the second half and drove 59 yards for the score. Hunter connected with Weaver for a 35-yard scoring strike with 8:20 left on the board but the PAT was blocked, leaving the score at 34-0.
After Vipond missed a 42-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, Penns Valley took off on an 80-yard march as Andrew Tobias completed four of five pass attempts for 48 yards. Chase Collison went up the middle from the 10 for the touchdown. The PAT kick failed.
The Rams, now 2-7, will finish the season at home against Mount Union on Friday.
“I was pleased we were able to move the ball some on them,” Martin Tobias said. “We had some kids in position to make some plays but they slipped. But I thought we played one of our more complete games of the year in terms of an assignment standpoint. The kids knew what they had to do and they did it. I was pleased to see that progress.”