By Brad Morris
The fourth time turned out to be the charm on Friday for Teays Valley.
That’s because the Vikings used a strong start to win for the first time in Ohio’s First Capital, handing host Chillicothe a 28-17 setback to open the season.
Teays Valley had lost its previous three meetings in Chillicothe since the series started between the two schools in 2013.
“Chillicothe is definitely a hard place to win, so this feels pretty good for our guys,” Teays Valley coach Mark Weber said.
The Vikings nearly doubled up the Cavaliers in total yards – 327-166 – powered by a running attack that churned out 201 yards.
“Chillicothe was way bigger than us size wise, but we used some uptempo stuff to keep them on their heels,” Weber said. “Our conditioning was superior and I felt like our guys really put together a good game on offense, defense and special teams, especially with it being Week 1.”
Camden McDanel led the ground attack with 10 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Love covered 52 yards on seven totes and also scored.
“We found some gaps and were pretty successful running the football with Camden and Tyler,” Weber said. “Most of our offensive line has been together for three seasons, so they’ve built a lot of chemistry and learned from some of the bumps we had to take last year. We saw that development pay off (on Friday) against Chillicothe.”
Teays Valley took its first possession of the season and used just four plays to cover 60 yards. A 55-yard tote by McDanel on the first offensive play of the year eventually set up the junior for a five-yard scoring run two plays later.
The first of four extra points by Cale Clifton made it 7-0 Vikings.
Teays Valley doubled its lead in the second quarter on a two-yard keeper around left side by Love.
The Vikings extended their lead to 21-0 on their first possession of the second half on an 80-yard strike from Love to Payne.
Chillicothe finally reached the scoreboard on a 25-yard field goal by Issac Crawford, but Payne ran back the ensuing kickoff 100 yards to the house to give the Vikings a 28-3 lead.
The Cavaliers made the final score look more respectable with a two-yard touchdown run by Max Lee and a 14-yard touchdown pass from Mason Doughty to Xzavier Doss.
Teays Valley held Chillicothe to just 43 yards on 32 carries.
“Peyton Weiler is the leader of our defense and he was making tackle after tackle and got in the backfield a lot,” Weber noted. “Again, we aren’t the biggest up front, but our guys hit hard, they tackled and they swarmed to the football well.
“One time we had all 11 helmets in on a tackle.”
Teays Valley (1-0) hosts Logan (0-1) next week.
Teays Valley 28, Chillicothe 17
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 F
Teays Valley 7 7 14 0 28
Chillicothe 0 0 10 7 17
TV — Camden McDanel 5 run (Cale Clifton kick), 11:06.
TV — Tyler Love 2 run (Cale Clifton kick), 7:13.
TV — Harrison Payne 80 pass from Tyler Love (Cale Clifton kick), 8:43.
CH — Issac Crawford 25 field goal, 4:26.
TV — Harrison Payne 100 kickoff return (Cale Clifton kick), 3:46.
CH — Max Lee 2 run (Issac Crawford kick), 0:12.
CH — Xzavier Doss 14 pass from Mason Doughty (Issac Crawford kick), 2:20.
Teays Valley Chillicothe
First downs 12 14
Rushing yards 36-201 32-43
Passing yards 126 123
Comp.-Att.-Int 2-6-0 12-27-0
Total yards 327 166
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 8-80 4-27
Punts-Ave. 4-19.5 5-26.5
RUSHING – Teays Valley — Camden McDanel 10-105, Tyler Love 7-52, Landon Thompson 6-30, Gavin Karshner 8-14, Peyton Weiler 3-0, Evan Mckenzie 1-0, Matt Farmer 1-0. Chillicothe — Chucky Thomas 14-32, Mason Doughty 5-6, Tylin Scales 7-6, Max Lee 4-5, Mamo Willison 2-(-6).
PASSING – Teays Valley — Tyler Love 2-6-0-126. Chillicothe — Mason Doughty 12-26-0-123, Caden Eblin 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING – Teays Valley — Harrison Payne 2-126. Chillicothe — Jaiden Cain 3-42, Xzavier Doss 3-40, Issac McCory 1-12, Aaron Valentine 1-12, Tre King 2-11, Mamo Willison 1-7, Max Lee 1-(-1).
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