It wasn’t pretty at times, but Happy Valley found a way to win on Thursday night.
The Warriors took on a 14-6 victory over Chuckey-Doak in non-conference action on Warrior Hill. With the win, Happy Valley improves to 2-0 on the season.
Happy Valley found enough plays to get the job done in a game where points came at a premium.
After the teams traded three-and-outs to open the game, Noah Stevens hit Andrew Little for a 32-yard pass to put HV inside the Black Knights 5-yard line. The Warriors were unable to break into the end zone until fourth down as Stevens found a way inside the end zone to give HV the early advantage.
Cameron Cochran’s extra point gave HV a 7-0 lead with just over six minutes to play in the first quarter.
Happy Valley maintained that advantage for the rest of the half as penalties starting accumulating on both teams. Both the Warriors and Chuckey-Doak finished the game with 11 penalties each.
The Warriors started the second half quickly.
Happy Valley’s defense held strong on fourth down in their own territory and the offense went to work. Stevens found his receivers – including Blake Young and Will Tittle – to move the ball down the field. The drive was capped by a six-yard touchdown by Matthew Bahn as the Warriors extended their lead to 14-0 with five minutes left in the third quarter.
Chuckey-Doak, however, wasn’t going down without a fight.
After a Warriors drive stalled due to penalties, the Black Knights marched down the field, and broke onto the scoreboard on the first play of the fourth quarter. HV was able to burn the clock for a large chunk of the quarter before being stopped on fourth-and-goal at the CD 10.
The Black Knights got some momentum going on the drive, but the Warrior defense held strong to preserve the win.
Stevens was 10-of-17 passing for 207 yards, while Tittle had five catches for 91 yards to go along with 19 yards rushing on five carries.
Little finished with three catches for 87 yards. Bahn led the rushing attack with 31 yards on the ground.
Happy Valley had 121 penalty yards, while Chuckey-Doak had 85 yards in penalties.
The Warrior defense limited CD to just 177 yards in the game.
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