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G.V. wins defensive game over Wildcats

October 13, 2012
By SAM AMEEN - Tribune Chronicle correspondent ( , Underthelights

HIRAM - Yards and points were tough to come by in the match-up between the Grand Valley Mustangs and the Southington Wildcats Friday night. With each team's defenses limiting their opponent's offense, it was the Mustangs coming out on top of Southington, 14-6.

The Wildcats scored the game's first points in the third quarter. It was Southington's first possession of the second half, and it established a magnificent 14-play, 90-yard drive that took 7 minutes and 15 seconds off the clock. The lengthy drive was highlighted by hard-nose running by quarterback Austin Casper, running back Jordan Dickey, and fullback Brendon Baugher. Casper finished the drive, punching it in from 1 yard out for the touchdown.

However, the Wilcats couldn't convert on the two-point conversion, so the score was 6-0.

It was not until the fourth quarter that Grand Valley was able to score. The Mustangs' first possession of the quarter led to an eight-play, 62-yard scoring drive. The scoring drive was led by Mustangs' quarterback Kyle Orgovan. The senior completed three passes on the drive and ran the ball three times, including a 3-yard touchdown run that put Grand Valley up 7-6 in the fourth quarter.

A critical play in the fourth quarter came as Southington was marching down field to try and take the lead. The Wildcats fumbled the ball, and the Mustangs' Josh Kovats recovered and took it in for a 38-yard scoop and score, putting Grand Valley up 14-6.

Mustangs coach John Glavickas thought the defensive play was a momentum changer.

"Oh yeah, I think it was definitely," Glavickas said. "But before that even, when we went into our no-huddle offense and marched it down, it seemed as though we started getting the momentum back and being able to move ball, and then when that fumble came, it couldn't have come at a better time."

Southington had one last possession to try and tie the game, but the Mustangs defense held the Wildcats in check. Southington turned the ball over on downs and Grand Valley was able to kneel down to run the clock and close out the game.

With the victory, Grand Valley improves to 5-3 on the season and 2-0 in the Northeastern Athletic Conference. However, the Mustangs are still behind Ledgemont in the conference, as the Redskins also won on Friday night, defeating Pymatuning Valley. Next week, Grand Valley takes on Mathews, and closes the season with Ledgemont.

As for the Wildcats, they fall to 3-5 (0-2 NAC). Southington plays host to Pymatuning Valley and finishes the year against Mathews.