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Football Lookeahead: Valley-Tyler Consolidated Game Figures To Be Over in a Hurry

October 31, 2013
By DAVE MORRISON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Things will definitely be different on the Valley sideline Friday night, when the Lumberjacks take on Tyler Consolidated.

Longtime coach Tom West, who has coached at Valley since 1971, with a short hiatus in the early 2000s, will not be with the team.

He'll be in Ireland, on a trip with a church group.

"This is something I planned for about a year," West said before departing. "My wife and I planned it last spring."

West said he informed the team about his decision last week and added that he made the plans last year, and did not plan on coaching the team this fall. He will officially resign Dec. 20.

Assistant Shane Highley will take over the team in the meantime.

"I'm looking forward to it," Highley said. "We're going to keep doing what we do, make a couple of changes defensively and see what happens."

One thing Valley definitely likes to do is run the football.

A lot.

"I'd say we have probably thrown the football 12 times all year," Highley said. "It's not a surprise what we are going to do."

In fact, both teams are ground-oriented to the point where the game might be done within two hours, including the halftime.

"It might be two hours at the most," Tyler Consolidated coach Ryan Walton said. "I hate to say it's going to be an old-fashioned football game, but it is what it is. We like to run the ball. We will pass some. We're probably averaging throwing the ball eight to 10 times a game. But we like to run it. They like to run it. They are at their best when they control the football and they usually have good results when that happens."

Valley is led by the sophomore tandem of Trey Streets and Kale Lloyd.

Streets lead the Lumberjacks with more than 700 yards on the ground and Lloyd has 400.

Ironically, Tyler is led by Jacob Highley, who Coach Highley said was a distant cousin.

Highley has 1,050 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns this season.

"That was one of our goals for the offensive line, to produce a 1,000-yard rusher," Walton said. "Now we want to add to that."

Tyler Consolidated (4-4) comes into the game off an impressive 20-14 victory against Class AA Ritchie, which was No. 9 in last week's WVSSAC playoff ratings.

Ironically, it was a pass, albeit a screen pass, from Jordan Baker to Swen Scheidemantel that went for 40 yards and the winning touchdown with 35 seconds remaining. Highley had the other two touchdowns.

Walton isn't even considering the playoffs yet, although Tyler is No. 18 in this week's ratings.

"We have a little streak going but all we are thinking about right now is Valley," he said. "We will let that work itself out at the right time."

It's the first meeting between the former rivals since the days when the Silver Knights were Tyler County, in the early 1990s.

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