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Dynamic duo lifts Spring Valley over Irmo, 42-21

COLUMBIA—Undefeated Spring Valley found itself in a battle early in the second half against Irmo Friday night in a Region 5-AAAAA contest at W.C. Hawkins Stadium.

The fourth-ranked Vikings jumped to an early two-touchdown lead only to see the Yellow Jackets tie it on a 95-yard kickoff return to open the third quarter by Kendrell Flowers. But from that point forward it turned into the Tate I’aulualo and Jacquez Terrell show as the running back duo paced Spring Valley to a 42-21 victory.

I’aulualo and Terrell combined to rush for 234 yards and three touchdowns. In the second half alone, they ran for 169 yards and all three of the scores. Terrell ran for 100 of his 112 yards in the final two quarters when Spring Valley didn’t attempt a pass after throwing four in the first half.

“We have three good fullbacks and all three of them did a great job tonight,” Spring Valley coach Robin Bacon said. “The offensive line kind of wore them down. That’s the good thing about our offense.”

“I’ve been on Jacquez for three years because I knew the kind of talent he had. He’s a tough kid. He’s played hard and picked it up when Tate’s been down. He was a baller tonight.”

Spring Valley (7-0, 3-0) scored on four straight possessions to open the second half. After Flowers’ kickoff return, the Vikings marched 67 yards in 11 plays and scored on a 2-yard burst by I’aulualo to take the lead for good with 6:55 remaining in the third quarter.

“We responded really good (after kickoff return for score),” Terrell said. “Everybody got down for a second but we had to pick each other up. We’re a team. We’re a family, we’re brothers. We had to pick each other up.”

After forcing an Irmo punt, the Vikings went 65 yards in eight plays with the fullbacks carrying on each play on the inside veer. Terrell busted through from the 1-yard line for the score.

Irmo responded with 7-play, 57-yard march. They pulled back within seven, 28-21 on the first play of the fourth quarter when John Ragin scored his second rushing touchdown of the game from three yards out.

But Quincy Hill capped an 8-play, 75-yard drive with a 13-yard run after he faked handing it off on the inside veer to push the lead back to two scores.

Then after a 15-yard punt, Spring Valley finished off the scoring on Terrell’s three-yard run with 5:18 remaining.

“We had to respond,” Bacon said. “I told the guys the first drive of the second half was going to set the tone. They get that kickoff return but we stuck it down there. It was huge to sway the momentum back after they got it at the end of the first half and to start the second.”

“We started running the outside veer. They did a good job in the first half mixing things up, confusing us a little bit. The defense played great in the second half and the offense kind of took off.”

Spring Valley jumped to a 14-0 lead. Anthony Wilson scored on a 3-yard run on the second Vikings possession. The score was set up after an 18-yard punt.

The Vikings added to the lead when Ajani Tonge blocked a punt and scooped up the loose ball and raced 34 yards for the score.

Irmo (5-3, 1-3) broke into the scoring column with 1:48 remaining in the half when Ragin scampered 18 yards on a fourth-and-three play.


1st Quarter

SV – Anthony Wilson 3 run (Alex Herrera kick) 2:48

2nd Quarter

SV – Ajani Tonge 34 yard blocked punt return (Herrera kick) 4:16

I – John Ragin 18 run (Angel Camarena kick) 1:48

3rd Quarter

I – Kendrell Flowers 95 kick-off return (Camarena kick) 11:44

SV – Tate I’aulualo 2 run (Herrera kick) 6:55

SV – Jacquez Terrell 1 run (Herrera kick) 2:15

4th Quarter

I – Ragin 3 run (Camarena kick) 11:56

SV – Quincy Hill 13 run (Herrera kick) 8:01

SV – Terrell 3 run (Herrera kick) 5:08



Rushing: SV: Tate I’aulualo 15-122, Jacquez Terrell 15-112, Quincy Hill 10-39, Jaylon Morris 9-57, DeMarcus Craft 7-14, ,Marcus Simpson 3-15, Anthony Wilson 3-10, Alex Haigler 1-10. I: Kendrell Flowers 11-56, John Ragin 11-50, Jason Legette 8-43, Omarion Dollison 1-7, Team 1-(-5).

Passing: SV: Hill 3-4-1-41, Team 0-1-0-0. I: Ragin 4-8-0-43.

Receiving: SV: Morris 1-23, Zach Williams 1-12, Terrell 1-6. I: Flowers 2-23, Raekwon Heath 1-8, Dollison 1-12.

© 2017 High School Sports Report

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