Conway defense delivers shutout over Spring Valley

confoot-defensesvThe fact that Conway knocked off visiting Spring Valley in Friday night’s second round Class 5A playoff game wasn’t a big surprise. The way the Tigers did it is rather shocking.

Despite allowing an average of more than 30 points per game over their last five outings, the Tigers (8-4) defense posted a 14-0 shutout over the Vikings (8-4), who have averaged more than 40 points per game over the same span. The disparity in points can be attributed to a stellar defensive performance by Conway that included four turnover by Spring Valley.

The early stages looked like it might be the offensive shootout that was expected. Conway’s Keith Autry Benton recovered a fumble to kill the Vikings’ opening drive and quarterback Peyton Derrick made them pay with a 10-yard touchdown strike to Malachi Miller for a quick 7-0 lead. Later in the first quarter, Derrick broke free for a 70-yard TD run that gave the Tigers a two-touchdown lead that was never challenged.

Conway’s Daron Stanley made a pair of interceptions to preserve the shutout and the Tigers dominated up front to keep the Vikings from invading the end zone. The Tigers worked the clock in the second half and the defense made the shutout stand up down the stretch.

Conway advances to face host Fort Dorchester next Friday.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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