The win marked the fourth straight win for Pleasant Valley over Ohatchee.
For the Raiders (3-4, 2-3 in Class 2A, Region 6), it was about quarterback Lucas Ford, and running backs Drew Lewiski and Bean. The offensive trio combined for 241 yards and three scores. Lewiski led the way with 121 yards and two 1-yard touchdown runs.
All night, Ford knew when to either tuck and run, or throw downfield to extend the drive.
“I expect him to be able to run our offense if I wasn’t anywhere around,” said Raiders head coach Jeff Davis about his quarterback. “He does a good job getting us in the right plays, where we need to be, and things like that.”
However, it was Pleasant Valley’s Dalton Bean who opened the scoring when he took a toss around the right end from 1 yard out to score the game’s first points. The score capped off an eight-play opening drive for the Raiders.
On the first play for Ohatchee, running back Tristan Allen took a handoff up the middle for a 70-yard touchdown score to give the Indians their only lead of the night at 7-6.
“He’s our workhorse,” Ohatchee head coach Nathan Wehunt said about Allen. “He’s going to give you everything he’s got every week, and he played hard tonight just like he does every time we step on the field.”
Later in the third quarter, Allen took a kickoff back 85 yards for a touchdown to pull the Indians within five. He finished with 109 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.
Trailing by five with just under five minutes left in the game, Ohatchee had a 7-yard touchdown run by Allen called back because of a holding penalty, which moved the ball back to the 17-yard line. The Indians’ drive stalled on an incomplete pass on fourth-and-goal from the Raider 10-yard line.
“We just came up short there at the end,” said Wehunt. “We had a penalty down there that hurt us a little bit, and we couldn’t put anything together.”
Ohatchee (0-7, 0-5) got one more chance for the win, but an interception on fourth-and-11 by Lewiski sealed the Raider victory.
“Our guys can see that we can play, and Pleasant Valley is a good team,” Wehunt said. “I think, next week we’ll have another good week of practice and come up with a good game plan and we’ll be okay.”
“Our kids rose up and played hard, and I’m extremely proud of that,” Davis said. “Our defense did a great job.”
Next week, Pleasant Valley travels to Woodland, while Ohatchee travels to Vincent for Region 6 play.
“They are all big from here on out. There’s not a game that’s not big. If we want a chance to go and play in the postseason, then we have to win every week,” said Davis.