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Somerset piles up huge numbers in win

By Roland Ruiz
Anvil Herald Correspondent


A balanced and sometimes explosive Somerset offense was more than Medina Valley could handle last Friday, Oct. 17, as the Bulldogs romped 52-22 over the Panthers.

The Bulldogs more than doubled the Panthers in yardage, 696 to 320, and nearly tripled them in first downs, 32 to 12, en route to the dominating win. The loss for MV drops the Panthers to 2-5 on the year, 2-2 in District 29-5A, and makes every remaining game a virtual must-win if the orange and black want any chance of making the postseason. This Friday, Oct. 24, the Panthers travel to Southside for a showdown with a one-loss Cardinal team also vying for a playoff bid.

“Somerset made more big plays than we did,” MV head coach Steve Hale said. “They physically beat us up front on both sides of the ball.”

MV showed promise early as the Panthers took the opening kickoff and drove to the Somerset 20, but the drive stalled and the ball went over to the Bulldogs on downs. Somerset answered with the first of four first-half touchdowns to jump out to a 24-0 lead before MV could muster a response.

“Offensively we did some good things, but we dropped too many balls and got beat deep too many times to win any game,” Hale said. “Defensively we played poorly. We missed too many tackles and couldn’t make plays in space.”

After Somerset scored on drives of 76, 80, 81 and 92 yards, MV finally got untracked. The Panthers drove 80 yards in four plays, including a 52-yard pass from Brad Griggs to Josh Sepulveda for a TD. Ethan Hassinger converted the point after try and the MV deficit narrowed to 24-7 with just 1:37 left in the half.

It was more than enough time for Somerset. The Bulldog offense marched 69 yards down field in just five plays on the arm of quarterback Koy Detmer, Jr. to score again and extend the lead to 30-7 at intermission.

MV played Somerset more evenly in the second half, but not nearly well enough to make the game competitive. After forcing a three-and-out to start the third quarter, the MV offense started to move the ball. But the Panthers’ first offensive series of the second half ended the same as their first of the game – with the ball going over on downs in Somerset territory.

Meanwhile, Somerset struck quickly. A 77-yard catch and run to the endzone extended the Bulldog lead to 37-7 midway through the third period.

MV answered in like manner as Griggs and Sepulveda connected on a 75-yard catch and run of their own for a TD. The Panthers converted the two-point attempt and narrowed the scoreboard deficit to 37-15 with half of the third stanza still left to play.

The Panther defense then made its presence known as Kyle Moos picked off a Detmer pass to thwart a Somerset drive. MV took over at its 42 and, aided by two 15-yard penalties, drove to another touchdown – a one-yard dive by Griggs on the first play of the fourth quarter. The PAT conversion narrowed the gap to 37-22, inspiring thoughts of an MV comeback.

But Somerset quickly dashed any such hope with a three-play, 63-yard scoring drive that pushed the Bulldog lead to 45-22.

Somerset followed up by forcing an MV three-and-out and then secured the game’s outcome with an 11-play, 81-yard march for a touchdown to extend its lead to the final margin of 52-22.

“We have to continue to improve,” Hale said. “Friday night against Southside is a huge game. We understand that every game left is a must win.”

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