THE KNIGHTS KNEEL TO THE MUSTANGS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 8 YEARS
HIDDEN VALLEY TOPS NORTH VALLEY IN A 29-28 NAILBITER.
Friday nights Civil War rivalry matchup was one for the books as the Mustangs inched out a one point victory against North Valley, beating the Knights, 29-28.
The win ended a 7-year losing streak in the cross-town clash.
The opening kickoff granted the first points of the game where sophomore Elias English returned the kickoff for 75 yards, and Hidden Valley dashed out to a quick 7-0 lead.
However, North Valley answered with an Austin Gray 7 yard rush that capped a 65-yard drive. The Knights went for a 2-point conversion try and led, 8-7.
From there it was off to the races. Hidden Valley’s Tobias Powers rushed for a 6 yard touchdown, and WR Jacob Tackett bolted 84 yards on a pass-run play which gave the Mustangs the lead back, 19-14 still in the opening quarter.
Sophomore HV quarterack Sam Vidlak threw for 191 yards (9-22) with the TD and one pick.
There were 6 lead changes on the night. Hidden Valley totaled 365 yards in Total offense and North Valley churned out 488 with 432 coming on the ground.
Gray rushed for 150 yards on 20 carries, while Powers pounded out 101 yards on 17 rushes.
Gray, a junior, averaged 7.5 yards per carry, and scored two touchdowns for the Knights on runs of 2 yards, and 28.
Eli Colas scored twice as well for the Knights with a 7 yard run, and 75 yard sprint.
It was Hall of Fame/Alumni night at Mustang Stadium which welcomed 5 new members, and former student-athletes into the HVHS Hall of Fame.
It includes Jarrod Love (1990), Nick Pipher (1991), Josh Shannon (1993), Jamie Diamond (1993), and Chris Jostad (1993).
Special contributors to HVHS enshrined include Don Carter, Peter Allen, Stephen Stark, Dar Benton, and Evergreen Federal Bank.
Hidden Valley improves to 2-1 while the Knights remain winless in 3-games.
Next week the Mustangs travel to Salem Academy (1-2). Kickoff is set at 7pm.
Meanwhile the North Valley Knights host winless (0-3) Junction City.
*credit stats-Kami Keith
Prior to the start of classes on Tuesday, September 11th, the Hidden Valley HS student body huddled around the American Flag and HVHS Principal Daye Stone to pay honor and respect to those that lost their lives on that fateful day in 2001.
Mr. Stone provided a short story as to the tragic events that unfolded that day, and what happened.
The students learned that the United States of America was attacked on its own turf by radical and violent terrorists who hijacked 3 planes to carry out the attacks on the twin tower buildings in New York City, the Pentagon, and the third plane was targeted for the Capitol building.
Essentially, the students learned that the terrorists intended to wipe out the executive, military, legislative, and financial headquarters of the USA.
It has been 364 days since Hidden Valley last secured a win, but Friday the Mustangs changed that in a big way as they shutout Pleasant Hill on the road, 36-0.
Hidden Valley scored the first of its 4 touchdowns on its first offensive series capping a 6-play 60-yard drive.
Runningback Tobias Powers scored 4 touchdowns and ended the night with 176-yards on 25-carries.
Hidden Valley totaled 256-yards in offense. Sophomore QB Sam Vidlak threw for 187 yards (12-21) and 1 Touchdown.
Meantime, the Stangs defense locked up senior left-handed Pleasant Hill (1-1) quarterback Zach Hart by sacking him 5-times, and pitching a shutout.
Hidden Valley (1-1) plays host to cross-town county rival North Valley on Friday night, September 14th with kickoff set for 7pm.
North Valley (0-2) lost at Elmira, 31-28.