A 14-8 football defeat of visiting Collins Middle Thursday was satisfying in a two-fold way for Valley.

First, the victory capped an unbeaten (7-0) regular season for the Greyhounds. Second, as coach Chip Warden said, “It’s been a long since we beat Collins.”

Warden said the triumph was based in large part to his team’s prevent efforts, which were spearheaded by defensive tackle Timmy Tolliver. Tolliver’s five stops included four tackles for loss and featured a sack on a potential game-winning drive by the Little Devils in the game’s latter stages. “Timmy played a tremendous game,” said Warden. “He dominated the line of scrimmage.”

“We played good defense all night long,” he added. “Offensively we played in spurts.”

Of Collins, Warden said, “They played a brutal schedule. They came down here and played hard and were well-prepared for us.”

Greyhound quarterback Rayshawn Payne got the scoring started on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first period, and Payne’s two-point conversion made it 8-0. Collins tied it in the third frame on a 15-yard fumble recovery TD by Jack Flournoy and the conversion.

With about a minute left in the fourth, Payne blocked a punt and Ken Haynes recovered it on the Collins 6-yard line, leading to Payne’s off-tackle TD burst to win the contest.

VMS committed three turnovers. “That’s not like us,” said Warden.

Offensively, the ‘Hounds totaled just 167 yards, led by Payne’s 11 rushes for 73 yards and the two scores. Through the air, Payne was 3-of-9 for 47 yards and one interception, with Robbie Belmont catching a 31-yarder and Chris Bennett snaring two aerials for 16 stripes.

In addition to Tolliver’s defensive efforts, Bennett had five tackles and an interception that stopped a first-half CMS threat, and Payne registered five tackles.

“We just had a tremendous defensive effort,” said Warden.

Valley begins postseason play at 6 p.m. tomorrow with a contest against the Mount Hope Colts at WVU Tech’s Martin Field.

“We’ve beaten Mount Hope twice, but anything can happen,” said Warden.

If Valley wins, it hosts either Fayetteville or Ansted next Thursday in the title outing.

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